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Born To Die

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Born To Die
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Off To The Races
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Blue Jeans
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Video Games
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Diet Mountain Dew
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National Anthem
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Dark Paradise
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Radio
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Carmen
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Million Dollar Man
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Summertime Sadness
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This Is What Makes Us Girls
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 49:33

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Dan Hyman

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01.31.12
We made this album as much as she did
2012 | Label: Interscope

Lana Del Rey. If ever there were a more divisive music-industry entity, then surely he or she was swept under the rug far too quickly for recollection. What was it then, following this 25-year-old’s viral breakout video for “Video Games” – a smoky encapsulation of noir pastiche; a melancholy mind-warp that, for a fleeting moment, allowed us to envision a vintageHollywoodworld where fame was taken at face-value – that ignited such a blog-fueled shitstorm? Was… read more »

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born to die

Speezmo

this album keeps coming up on pandora and every time I think, Who is this???, I Like this!! and then I look and it is her. So i just downloaded it. happy.

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Lana Del Ray

genemartin

Sounds good to me. Is she the best vocalist? No. Is she authentic? Who cares?! It's entertaining, and she's and entertainer. If you don't like it, don't listen to it.

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Born to Die

portgeorge

Awesome sound!! Haunting and pleasing.

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I changed my mind (see below)

Death

I said the album was rushed and relied on stale trip hop conventions, but on several later listens it's become clear that this is the real deal, the closest thing we have to a new Mazzy Star in temperment if not sound... just listen to all the gloomy lyrics, this is the real LA lady kind of insane girl hotness. The idea it could all be an act shouldn't matter - has it ever if the artist was male, or less young and attractive? Then again, I'm born to die, too. Cheery post-bubblegum snipsters probably will scoff as they do at so very many truths, but hey, know were I first learned about her? Pitchfork.

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Take your Genre addictions...

CowCrusher9

and go run 'em down a toilet somewhere. Indie , Punk, Hip Hop or Whatnot? Maybe; but she fuses them all perfectly. I can't get over that voice. I confess, most singers leave me cold, but not her. She hits all my triggers at the same time. Pure, pure magic.

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Kicked out of the nest too soon

michellecohrene

Lana Del Ray isn't really bad compared to most female pop artists on the air right now, which really isn't saying a lot, but I think it's the fact that she's being framed as an indie pin-up that is getting people in such a tizzy about whether she belongs in that space. The hype has been unjustified, but I agree that there are bits of talent that could be developed into something good, especially if she teamed up with some good collaborators. Just google "Video Games cover" and you'll see several great examples of more refined musicians who do a lot with the raw emotion and haunting melody of the song (even though the lyrics really don't hold up in several places). Del Ray is juvenile and seems to have found the limelight prematurely, but I can't help but be reminded of some of Tori Amos' earlier work ("Fire on the Side," anyone?) and how her weird melodrama eventually developed into a much more compelling voice.

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What's the Big Deal?

kysrsoze

Funny... the guy who mentioned the posters in Wicker Park - I used to live there, and I found out about this album from the posters in Logan Square! Hehe. Guess she's got some push. I was going to check it out, and my teenage daughter played it for me out of the blue. I thought it was cool. This isn't the first time retro styling has been matched up with trip-hop. Portishead and a number of others did it very well, and nobody complained. I'm really tired of the whole "indie/Pitchfork" frame of mind, where you pre-judge every singer or band based whether they wear skinny jeans, if they're on an indie label, or if they're just plain weird/contrary/ironic enough for you to consider it cool. Evidently, the girl has a past music life. I could give a crap. She made a good album that stands on its own. If you don't like it, there's no need to stab it with your pitchfork. Just move on to the latest cooler than thou band.

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Just Born

EMUSIC-02899172

I guess I'm the closest thing you're going to get to an unprejudiced view of the music, since I'd never heard of Lana del Rey before Thursday when I saw her poster on a fence in Wicker Park. I haven't watched SNL since Tina Fey was doing Sarah Palin, and I don't check out YouTube to see what's hot, so I listened to the album several times before I realized it was something people were talking about. And I like it, a lot. Yes, her voice is unconventional and pairing it with trip hoppy beats is an odd choice at first, but it works for me. I have no idea why they led with "Video Games" and the title track - "Diet Mountain Dew" seemed like the obvious single, and "Off to the Races" is the deepest, most rewarding cut. "Girls" and "Blue Jeans" also stand out. Haunting and ass kicking at the same time. I like it - but then, I've read reviews comparing it unfavorably to Brittney and Madonna, and I can't stand Brittney or Madonna, so YMMV.

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Just Born

EMUSIC-02899172

I guess I'm the closest thing you're going to get to an unprejudiced view of the music, since I'd never heard of Lana del Rey before Thursday when I saw her poster on a fence in Wicker Park. I haven't watched SNL since Tina Fey was doing Sarah Palin, and I don't check out YouTube to see what's hot, so I listened to the album several times before I realized it was something people were talking about. And I like it, a lot. Yes, her voice is unconventional and pairing it with trip hoppy beats is an odd choice at first, but it works for me. I have no idea why they led with "Video Games" and the title track - "Diet Mountain Dew" seemed like the obvious single, and "Off to the Races" is the deepest, most rewarding cut. "Girls" and "Blue Jeans" also stand out. Haunting and ass kicking at the same time. I like it - but then, I've read reviews comparing it unfavorably to Brittney and Madonna, and I can't stand Brittney or Madonna, so YMMV.

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crazy

andru

why is everyone bringing the hammer down on this girl? this album might not be everyone's cup of tea but maybe you should be judging the album by it's content, not who's on the cover

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