Ultraviolence was none-more-sultry singer Lana Del Rey's third album originally released in 2014. It was made in collaboration with almost every big name producer you can think of including Dan Auerbach, Paul Hepworth and many many more. But in this case too many cooks don't spoil the broth as Del Rey built on the success of her debut Born to Die with a more widescreen swooping beauty to her laid back West Coast sounds.
Vinyl Double LP £20.99 3787448
2LP on Polydor.
CD £16.49 3785754
Deluxe edition CD on Polydor inc. 3 bonus tracks.
I've been listening to this whilst eating a couple of sandwiches. There is one absolutely great song on this record 'West Coast' which has the dark and dusky Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks sound before spluttering into an incredibly lovely breathy chorus. Its like Bat For Lashes sings Lindsey Buckingham at his most out-there. Brilliant. Not a single note of anything on the record has pricked my ear otherwise. Its sultry but kind of bland. Disappointing as 'West Coast' proves Lana Del Ray can come up with the goods when the mood takes her.
8/10 Alice 19th April 2016
Lana Del Rey (Lizzy Grant)'s distinct voice does it again with Ultraviolence, featuring 'West Coast' 'Shades of Cool' and 'Brooklyn Baby'. As her third album, i had high hopes for this, and just as i had hoped, a masterpiece was created.
Even so, theres not a lot of difference between this record and her previous, the songs use the same structure: Lana's breathy but melancholy song, a rush of strings, and a little drum march to steady the beat. Relaxed, this record is one to paint to, or to play in the car as the sun goes down.
My favourite track has to be 'Brooklyn Baby', a laid-back song with guitar backing, reminiscent of artist Lou Reed, who the song was written with thoughts of.
Above all, what is so beautiful about the album as a whole is the dreamy soundscape Del Rey creates, and the seamless record with its black and white photography reminding us of timeless artists, Marilyn Monroe, for example. Edgy as it may seem, the vintage style of this 'dream pop' record just takes you back, and shows how the colour [of the photo] can only be felt through the comforting hues of her music.
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