Lana Del Rey
Paradise


3.0
good

Review

by Dylan S. USER (68 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 35 replies | 5,111 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rerelease that serves no other purpose than to solidify what we already know about Del Rey, with a few excellent tracks tagged on for good measure.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If you are reading this right now, Lana Del Rey probably needs no introduction. The big lipped, long eyelash, pouting 50’s throwback singer has stirred up some of the most divided opinions of herself in recent memory. Many people were first introduced to her from her utterly awkward and horrendous performance on the American television program Saturday Night Live, while others, her fans, idolize her and have followed her since her beginnings as the blonde bombshell, trailer park queen, Lizzy Grant.

Despite the Saturday Night Live incident, Lana’s debut album, Born To Die, was still a success, reaching the top spot on the charts in a number of countries. The album was preceded by a number of singles such as, the title track, which has one of the most beautifully directed music videos I have ever seen, and the hit song, Video Games. The singles, and the album as a whole, are slow, cinematic, emotionally draining, but goddamn beautiful. The fact is, Del Rey is not the best singer, as she so clearly showed on SNL, but she can write lyrics with the best of them and her voice, though frail, can convey the emotion of her words well enough.

When the Born To Die album cycle had made its rounds, Del Rey hopped on the increasingly popular trend in pop nowadays and announced the rerelease, Born To Die-The Paradise Edition. The rerelease features eight (nine if you count the iTunes bonus track) new songs along with the original album.

Paradise as a whole is good, not quite as consistent as Born To Die, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Although I can tell you now, if you were not a fan of Del Rey before, Paradise is not going to change your opinion. Sonically and lyrically, the new songs follows the same formula of the original album, featuring romanticized drug references, not so subtle sexual innuendos, and strings galore in typically Lana fashion.

The lead single and first track, “Ride” is yet another beautifully penned song by Del Rey with a slow building opening that leads in to an uplifting chorus, a bit reminiscent of “National Anthem” from Born To Die. Her voice sounds decent throughout, though gets a bit drowned in the strings towards the climax of the song. With “Ride” though, the stage is set for what is to follow, but unfortunately, that is the releases biggest downfall. Besides a few head turning lines, the album does not throw many curve balls, with practically no variety style-wise making Paradise as a whole potentially quite boring for a non-diehard Del Rey fan.
The best example would be, “Yayo,” which is by far one of the biggest bores of the album and is also the most stereotypical “Lana Del Rey song.” The drawn out chorus and boring instrumentation makes it, not horrible, just not attention grabbing. Unfortunately when doing a rerelease, there is no room for filler tracks such as this. Not to mention that the song itself has actually been around since the Lizzy Grant days, making many long time fans wonder why it was included her at all and not something fresh.

Perhaps the biggest attraction to this rerelease is for the lyrics though, Lana’s words are often witty, mildly stupid, but fun when not taken too seriously. My two personal favorites from the album, and probably the two most interesting songs are “Gods & Monsters” and “Cola.” The latter features the oh so captivating opening line, “My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola,” (like I said, stupid), but the song is an interesting listen throughout especially when it gets to the bridge in which the usually vocally restrained Del Rey finally breaks loose and just wails. Though it’s brief, it gives the song just a little hint of differentiation that it needs. Then the wonderfully raunchy “Gods & Monsters” has Lana singing over-sexed lines like, “In the land of gods and monsters, I was an angel looking to get ***ed hard,” and moaning “*** yeah baby, give it to me.” Attention grabbing scheme, or artistic freedom, you can decide, but the excellent and dark production of the song makes it the most worthwhile listen of the nine new tracks.

If Paradise proves anything, it is that Del Rey has mastered her form; she has proven time and time again that she can nail these string heavy ballads well, but she has yet to show us what else she is capable of. The album falls hard into the curse of most rereleases in that it is just not necessary, if she had just done three or four more new songs with a little more variety, then this rerelease could have easily been a stand alone record, being on par with, or even succeeding Born To Die. The new tracks are worth a casual listen every now and then, but if you are looking for a truly good album direct your eyes to the first disc, Born To Die, as well as the unreleased Lizzy Grant record, both of which put this release to shame.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dylantheairplane
November 20th 2012



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow this is a lot longer than I meant it to be.

Lana, I love ya baby but your unreleased stuff is so much better.

Wolfhorde
November 20th 2012



13011 Comments


Review's a'ight, although it kind of reinforces my opinion of her being horrible. Especially the lyrics you cited.

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, have a pos man. This is probably around a 2.5/5 for me, as you said, it really just follows the same formula and doesn't change anything from what she established on Born to Die. Just seems like an extension of her debut.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2012



10080 Comments


Am I the only one whose Pepsi-Cola tastes like pussy? Weird.

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TooLateToGoBack
November 20th 2012



1762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao, omaha.

but yeah, love this album. Body Electric and Bel Air are bliss.

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tommygun
November 20th 2012



24641 Comments


"my pussy tastes like pepsi cola"

lol wtf?

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2012



10080 Comments


Hehe. I have NO idea what to think of that lyric - it's all I see when I look at the album cover.

She explains how it came from her Swedish boyfriend, telling her it tastes like Pepsi-Cola. ...

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2012



10080 Comments


By the way, I like your review a lot. The only thing I noticed that you could improve is run-ons, fun stuff like that.

"Perhaps the biggest attraction to this rerelease is for the lyrics though, Lana’s words are often witty, mildly stupid, but fun when not taken too seriously."

Split that up after "though".

Wolfhorde
November 20th 2012



13011 Comments


Those lyrics seem quite cringe/chuckle worthy to me tbh. Then again, pop mostly has such lyrics.

ilovebabies
November 20th 2012



76 Comments


her pussy does taste like pepsi cola imo

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2012



23807 Comments


wish A$AP Rocky would post nudes

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2012



23807 Comments


hahaha omg of Lana hahahahahahaha

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2012



10080 Comments


Wolf, if Rhianna mentioned her vagina in "Birthday Cake" I'd be more inclined to agree with you haha. It seems that Lana takes the explicit style of pop music, and just blatantly throws it out there for the hell of it.

breakingthefragile
November 20th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice save there Aids haha.

MiniatureHorse
November 20th 2012



908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it had more of a pepsi taste, tbh. I love Lana, but this just doesn't cut it that much. Still, nice review m/

Wolfhorde
November 20th 2012



13011 Comments


"Wolf, if Rhianna mentioned her vagina in "Birthday Cake" I'd be more inclined to agree with you haha. It seems that Lana takes the explicit style of pop music, and just blatantly throws it out there for the hell of it."
Yeah, it's definitely more blatant but in general pop lyrics are rather cringe/chuckle worthy. Which actually makes me wonder in cases like such if people actually realize what they start singing along to. Think of someone doing that on public transport - I mean it would be kinda hilarious but still.

DropdeadWHA
November 20th 2012



577 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ride, Body Electric, Gods & Monsters are the best tracks on this. Cola (Pussy) is just weird. This is clearly just a cash grab.

PistolPete
November 20th 2012



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great review man, would've probably wrote something up for this if there was no review by the weekend.

I remembering hearing about her SNL performance and watched it and was like "but...that's how she sings on the album..."

iunno maybe ppl saw something i didn't but i thought it was better than ppl say

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DrGonzo1937
November 21st 2012



5556 Comments


So is this worth the coin? I've been looking at it, but your review doesn't exactly make me want to dive in and buy it. haha Bargain bin?

dylantheairplane
November 21st 2012



2168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Honestly, I would buy it if it is a reasonable price for eight songs. That being said I am a bit biased for I do really enjoy Lana, this just isnt her strongest effort but is worth having nonetheless.
Though if you're unsure, torrents of it are all over the net



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