Lana Del Rey
Born to Die


2.0
poor

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2012 | 23 replies | 2,880 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe judgementalism isn't always a bad thing.

If you’re into your clichés, then you’ll no doubt believe that one should never judge a book by it’s cover, but in the case of Lana Del Rey we may have been better off reaching an appearance-based conclusion. That approach can often go hand in hand with first impressions, but first impressions are what the majority of us did judge Lana Del Rey on, and in truth they could scarcely have been any better. ‘Video Games,’ to be quite frank is one of the finest songs released by anybody over the past few years, and subsequent singles ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Off To The Races’ did little to curb the enthusiasm ahead of this major label debut. Sadly, though, now that it has finally dropped, it looks as if all of those critics bemoaning a perceived “lack of authenticity” may actually have had a point.

I could waste hundreds of words gushing about the sheer splendour and cultural impact of 'Video Games,' but I suppose you're all sick of hearing about that by now. More to the point, though, that and the other two aforementioned singles are the best songs on Born To Die by an almost embarrassing margin. Forget all of the issues regarding fakeness and writing credits, it couldn't be more obvious that these songs have been hurriedly conceived with a view to capitalising on the buzz that those singles created, and as a result the gulf in quality is gaping. It doesn't help that the album is so front-loaded. Those three singles (along with notably lesser companion 'Blue Jeans') all appear within the first four tracks, so while proceedings get off to a good start the slide from then on in is both steep and prolonged.

Of the eight remaining cuts, 'Radio' is perhaps the only one that could be categorised as passable, with the rest ranging from below-average to down right pathetic. 'National Anthem' is an obvious target, with its attempt at glorious unity bombing spectacularly, but sadly it's far from being the worst offender here. 'Carmen' and 'Million Dollar Man,' for instance, are shockingly feeble, offering next to nothing in the way of effective hooks and finding the singer crooning along devoid of both purpose and personality. In truth, her vocals are far from convincing throughout the majority of the record, and they certainly aren't strong enough to carry such poor songs. It's a flaw which proves fatal given that that seductive purr is arguably the most appealing attribute on show here - certainly more so than the insipid overproduced beats or the tiresome oversexualised lyrical themes.

No matter how serious the album's problems, nothing can detract from just how wondrous it's best moments are. It's a shame then that they'll probably be forgotten in the midst of negativity that this album will give rise to, but by and large they're self-inflicted wounds, so it's hard to feel much sympathy. The critics who picked her apart may have seemed out-of-order at the time, but as it happens it’s they who are having the final laugh. Indeed despite the enduring brilliance of those singles, Born To Die is unfortunately an album which flops just as badly as all of those hipsters dicks when it emerged that Lana Del Rey may (or may not) have gone under the knife.

DISCLAIMER: I, for, one believe those rumours to be entirely false.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

Apologies in advance for the (slight) cheap shot in the last sentence.

KILL
February 2nd 2012



70534 Comments


agreed she sucks

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ValeriusTheImmortal
February 2nd 2012



1237 Comments


easily slain by Penis Metal

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



49767 Comments


yeah

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KILL
February 2nd 2012



70534 Comments


is she hot i cant tell

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



49767 Comments


Not really


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



49767 Comments


well yeah, but what does that prove

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



21573 Comments


first non-staff review lol

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



49767 Comments


http://images.baeble-music.com/bblog/12-19-2011/2a4dc-592.jpg

Llama Del Ray

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hahaha brilliant

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 2nd 2012



1237 Comments


lmao

iambandersnatch
February 2nd 2012



1464 Comments


I kind of think Lizzy Grant is a better name than Lana Del Rey, what do you guys think?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



14983 Comments


who cares lol

also shes really hot cmon guys

Romulus
February 2nd 2012



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



14983 Comments


whats ugh they said it first

Romulus
February 2nd 2012



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no she's really hot i just don't get all the hate whatever

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



14983 Comments


havent listened to it

i think ill wait a full year until nobody remembers her anymroe and rate it a 4.5 or something

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



7018 Comments


i really don't get how you are interpreting the lyrics as "oversexualized"

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



5974 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos'd, she sucks

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012



7137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Solid review but whoaaa that ending was LOW.



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