Lana Del Rey
Paradise


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pistol Pete USER (32 Reviews)
December 31st, 2012 | 67 replies | 4,565 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just ride.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This year was a busy one for Lana Del Rey. The diva has seen enormous success since her hit “Video Games” sprouted wings in late 2011 and the accompanying debut album Born to Die only served to catapult her further into stardom. Her reception was admittedly quite mixed, but she undoubtedly left her mark and her newest EP Paradise has ensured she will not be forgotten by the time the year is up. Born to Die had its flaws and was a bit “top-heavy” and inconsistent if anything. Paradise on the other hand feels like a slicker and tighter version of her previous LP, accomplishing more with less.

The woman has proven to us all by now she does not shy away from theatricality. Look no further than the lead single “Ride” with its accompanying 10-minute music video; huge in every aspect of the word. It features Lana painfully discussing a longing to belong somewhere, the idea of truly being “free”, and naturally it comes complete with a dazzling shot of her all wrapped in the loving embrace of the American flag. It’s a great introduction to what listener’s will hear from Paradise – signature Lana Del Rey with a more personal touch this time around. We delve a little deeper into the mystery of Lizzy Grant. Why does she fall for such rougher and older men she doesn’t understand? Why does she display such an unwavering patriotism towards her home country?

Did these questions absolutely need to be answered? Not at all. But when the music is this captivating it’s easy to be swept up in the tortured character she portrays for herself. Her seductive croons and whispers amidst those soaring violins and piano create a mesmerizing atmosphere. It’s not for everyone, as critics have shown. Her lyrics are her most obvious flaw and are at times questionable, the opening line of “Cola” being a glaring example. It’s always kept her from truly reaching levels of utter brilliance. The good news is that those issues are kept to a minimum on here and this more compact album has a way higher ratio of hits to misses.

Paradise is both touching and deliciously naughty, two traits that Lana just seems to know how to balance perfectly. She can make your pants tight one moment with songs like “Cola” and “Body Electric”, then makes your heart swell the next moment with a song like “Bel Air”. And just for good measure, she’ll deliver a song that has undertones of both sexual lust and depression all at once as on “Gods & Monsters”. In a way, she has pulled a “Lady GaGa” here, releasing an average debut and following it up with a shockingly more personal and powerful B-side that surpasses Born to Die in almost every way. It’s not perfect, but shows definite progress and goes down like warm chocolate pudding…with whipped cream and a sweet little cherry on top of course.



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PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good lord, what have I done?

Digging: Jolly - The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


Seriously, what the fuck have you done.

Tyrael
December 30th 2012



20797 Comments


EP's good but she needs someone to write her lyrics for her cuz oh god

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


Good to see you haven't completely gone mad, Tyr. Also, do I want to read her lyrics just for the laughs?

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If I didn't cringe at some of her lyrics sometimes, this would easily be EP of the year for me.

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

them legs...

Tyrael
December 30th 2012



20797 Comments


'Also, do I want to read her lyrics just for the laughs?'

Eh...

Love you like I never loved anyone,
Keep me burning hot like the red, red sun.
Want you like I never wanted anyone,
You give it to me fast like free and fun.



Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


"she's a gangsta frank sinatra."
"her pussy tastes like pepsi cola."
BWAHAHAHAHAHA, oh boy I'm dying.

Also, this chick isn't even half good looking IMO.

"Love you like I never loved anyone,
Keep me burning hot like the red, red sun.
Want you like I never wanted anyone,
You give it to me fast like free and fun."
lol but hey at least it's better than some forgotten pseudo-pop star telling you he's gonna fuck you tonight.

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Also, this chick isn't even half good looking IMO.

Agree to disagree. I repeat...them legs.

Tyrael
December 30th 2012



20797 Comments


Yea I'd take Kesha over this chick any day

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Kesha would take anyone over anyone, she ain't classy dirty, what a sluuuuu

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


"Agree to disagree. I repeat...them legs."
So you judge how persons look by their legs?
Great stuff. Just avoid looking your future GFs in their faces.


"Kesha would take anyone over anyone, she ain't classy dirty, what a sluuuuu"
word on the street is that bitch isn't even that much of a bitch/horrible person. She just makes horrible music that caters to horrible people.

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

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lol will do Wolf

Tyrael
December 30th 2012



20797 Comments


'I was joking.'

I wasn't

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


Oh boy. Prepare for the shitstorm. /hides in underground bunker

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


As hot as winter in Siberia.

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

She has the LLL = nice lips, legs, labia

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


", labia"
I don't even wanna know how you can possibly know that. Also, her face. I rest my case. (look, my reasoning even rhymes)

PistolPete
December 30th 2012



3579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I put on some Converge to bring me back to my senses, been listening to this too much today.

I don't even wanna know how you can possibly know that. Also, her face. I rest my case. (look, my reasoning even rhymes)

Don't have to know, she tells you herself it tastes like pepsi-cola. There, done, must be awesome.

Wolfhorde
December 30th 2012



12806 Comments


Good boy. Don't get carried away.



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