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Album Review: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

The queen of creating atmospheric and melancholic beats, Lana Del Rey, is back and released her highly anticipated fifth studio album, Lust for Life on July 21.

For the first time, Del Rey is smiling with flowers in her hair and pictured with a car once again on the cover of her album with Polydor and Interscope records. The album is loaded with 16 tracks that will take listeners on a 70-minute trip of pure escapism. Prior to the release, Del Rey gave fans a taste of the album by releasing 5 tracks, “Love,” “Lust for Life” featuring The Weeknd, “Coachella- Woodstock in My Mind,” “Groupie Love” featuring A$AP Rocky, and “Summer Bummer” featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti.

The lead single for the album, “Love,” and first track on the album, was released on February 18. The song embodies a cheerful, youthful, yet nostalgic feeling of being “young and in love.” Del Rey’s music is known for being somber and lyrically heavy, but this is one of the most upbeat songs fans have heard from her. Shortly after its release, the single climbed to No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 and the music video became the most trending video on YouTube at the time of being posted. The video for the first time captures Del Rey carefree and dancing, which fans haven’t seen much of due to her darker themed videos. The singer’s smile on the album cover symbolizes a new chapter in the her life, thus a new “Lust for Life.”

 

In an interview with V Magazine, the 32-year-old said, “For the first time, I’ve caught myself up to real time,” Del Rey explained. “And now, I’m at this place where I feel like I’m really present, and when I’m reading the news, I’m really reading it, whereas before I was a little bit in my own head. So, there’s definitely been a feeling of freedom and lightness being in the present moment. That brings on that lust for life feeling, when you don’t have all of those feelings about the past weighing you down.”

The second song released and second song on the album, “Lust for Life” featuring The Weeknd, was the first collaboration ever that fans got to hear on Del Rey’s album. The two artists collaborated for the first time in 2015 for the song “Prisoner,” released on The Weeknd’s album, Beauty Behind the Madness and for a second time in the song “Stargirl Interlude” on The Weeknd’s 2016 album Starboy. Their rich voices melt together along with the cinematic tones on Del Rey’s record. The Weeknd and Del Rey have similar dark tones in their discography which exude chemistry and deep emotion whenever they collaborate.

Some standouts on the record include, “God Bless America – And all the Beautiful Women in it.” In an interview with ELLE Magazine UK in 2017, the singer mentioned the song’s ties with America’s current political climate. Del Rey stated, “I wrote ‘God Bless America’ before the Women’s Marches, but I could tell they were going to happen. I realized a lot of women were nervous about some of the bills that might get passed that would directly affect them. So yes, it’s a direct response in anticipation of what I thought would happen, and what did happen.”

Another standout is track 6, “Summer Bummer” featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti. My personal favorite on the album thus far, proves to fans that Del Rey can tune her voice and artistic style in any type of genre. In the beginning of this hip-hop track her signature melancholic voice blends beautifully with the faint piano in the background. When the beat drops her voice cascades with the hard bass that introduces A$AP Rocky’s verse into the song.

 

Father down the tracklist fans get to hear more features including the iconic voice of Stevie Nicks in “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” as well as Steve Ono Lennon in the track “Tomorrow Never Came.”

Del Rey now in Paris for Lollapalooza, took to Instagram earlier today to thank three people who helped develop this record for her. “I thought it was a really good time to give a shoutout to the three guys that I feel like are almost completely responsible for helping me create the sonic landscape of Lust for Life and those guys are Rick Nowels, Kieron Menzies, and Dean Reid…Dean and Karen also did the majority of the beats on this record and so much additional soundscape. And I really feel like songs like “Heroin,” and “Get Free,” and “13 Beaches,” they have layers to them that these guys created musically that are so reflective of what I was actually feeling. They’re so talented and I just wanted to say thanks,” shared the singer.

Overall, Lana Del Rey delivers with this breathtaking release of Lust for Life. Her artistic style radiates in each track and encapsulates fans to experience the new chapter in the singer’s life. Along with the 5 featured artists that range from an array of genres, Del Rey manages to remain consistent in the charts and her overall aesthetic.

The singer is currently in Europe and is set to perform at upcoming festivals in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, and more. A tour for Lust for Life is yet to be announced, but further details on future tour dates can be found on her website.

 

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