Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence


3.5
great

Review

by Azn. USER (37 Reviews)
June 15th, 2014 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ultraviolence is intricate, lush, and definitively Lana Del Rey at her best.

Lana Del Rey's problem has always been her penchant for rather tame songwriting. While she is a quite capable vocal talent, she is simply not very memorable in execution. While she has by all means struck gold with several singles in the past, previous albums have been a chore to get through. The word 'filler' comes to mind. Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey's 2014 effort, presents her at her most cohesive. It's mild-sounding enough (despite its garish name) to appease previous fans, yet it takes enough risks to be a more interesting listen than its predecessors.

From the album's onset, it's clear that Ultraviolence is soaked in effects meant to evoke nostalgia. Enough reverb is applied to enrich the mix while smartly refusing to traverse the realm of cheesiness, because each song has the melodic backbone to stand on its own merit. It doesn't do much to hinder Lana's voice either. Unlike Born to Die, the more electronica-oriented effects have been removed in favor of a more organic sound, with bluesy guitars and strings. All the while, Lana is crooning dreamily over each track, showing frequent spurts of the vocal acrobatics she refused to flaunt on earlier albums. While some choruses can get repetitive, the calmly confident demeanor in which they are delivered lends beautifully to the experience, almost challenging us to listen closer; she successfully avoids the 'in-one-ear-out-the-other' kind of vacuous delivery she has been known for. The dream pop influence is evident, and while one criticism is that the album can seem to drag on for too many minutes, they are certainly elegant and soulful minutes.

Ultraviolence is an album that reaches cinematic heights, a brooding gem that demonstrates Lana Del Rey's ability to take criticism and use it to improve her act. It's art and she treats it like such; it's hard to listen to "Shades of Cool" or "Money Power Glory" without thinking about the word, and as she sings about love, loss, or success, it's hard to listen without feeling something alongside her. Ultraviolence is solid on all fronts, and is down to be one of the strongest showings in mainstream pop music so far this year.

Standout tracks:
Shades of Cool 1
Pretty When You Cry
Old Money



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Azn.
June 15th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liked this a WHOLE lot more than born to die



stream below:

http://www.baeblemusic.com/musicblog/6-12-2014/Stream-Lana-Del-Reys-Ultraviolence-In-Its-Entirety.html

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 15th 2014


32890 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good review, I haven't heard this yet but I feel like your description will end up being spot on.

Digging: Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond The Dark

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2014


16383 Comments


review the new juliana barwick next!

Azn.
June 15th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the faith, sowing :D



Haven't heard of juliana barwick, but I'll check her out

PistolPete
June 15th 2014


5051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is phenomenal. You nailed the description and I also love the tracks you chose too. Have a pos

ShitsofRain
June 15th 2014


8169 Comments


i want to listen to this but world cup...

TooLateToGoBack
June 15th 2014


1981 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My vinyl hasn't come in yet (so i haven't fully listened) but I really hope the rest of the album is better than the 3 singles she dropped.

Cygnatti
June 15th 2014


32950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This probably rules.

NorthernSkylark
June 15th 2014


9573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

More red racing cars and pretty young americans

Digging: Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Azn.
June 15th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks pete!

ArsMoriendi
June 15th 2014


27987 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Isn't "ultraviolence" nadsat for rape?



Not sure if that's relevant, but yeah.

Digging: Deerhunter - Cryptograms

NorthernSkylark
June 15th 2014


9573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shades of cool should be the new Bond-theme, whenever that hits the cinemas

Azn.
June 15th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^



and I think it's a general reference to clockwork orange

Gyromania
June 15th 2014


29141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this woman. this is sounding just as good as born to die so far

ShannonX
June 15th 2014


53 Comments


shes hot!

Azn.
June 15th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

which is always a welcome bonus

PistolPete
June 15th 2014


5051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The more guitar-driven songs are a nice touch. Variety is always a bonus.

TenSecondsToThink
June 15th 2014


1818 Comments


I'm almost sure this sucks but couldn't even get through it all yet and I 4.5d BtD

DropdeadWHA
June 15th 2014


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is better than Born to Die

Cygnatti
June 15th 2014


32950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

born to die is great well the singles anyways



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