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Let’s imagine that ‘Born To Die’ was part of a strange dress rehearsal for a minute and not Lana Del Rey’s debut album. In fact, while we’re at it, let’s also treat ‘Tropico’ as a ‘demo’ where Lana was still very much honing her experimental craft behind close doors.
 
Album Review - Lana Del Rey ‘Ultraviolence’
If one still sees Lana Del Rey as an ‘artificial’ and ‘manufactured’ alt-pop act shaped and moulded by a major label A&R team (many do), then it’s only fair that we consider the facts; her debut album (and subsequent ‘deluxe’ re-release) was forced upon her by the phenomenal viral success of debut single ‘Video Games’ and her ultra-weird ’Tropico’ movie project was, again, a strange bi-product of her debut album in an attempt to keep the buzz around her name as she geared up for album number two.
 
Lana may have been heavily involved in ‘Tropico’ from a creative point of view, but we are certain that if you were to ask her about ‘Born To Die’, well, on the evidence of new album offering ‘Ultraviolence’ and the way in which she has been conducting herself in public recently (only last week she was proclaiming how she wished she was dead), then it is fair to assume that her debut record was not really released on her terms.
 
For all intents and purposes, Lana Del Rey’s career to date has been ‘hit’ and ‘miss’ in equal measure (‘Hit’ - Video Games / ‘Miss’ - her live TV debut / ‘Hit’ her comeback single ‘West Coast’ / ‘Miss’ the aforementioned ‘Tropico’ short film, the list goes on), the trouble is it’s hard to live up to the hype when you are unsure of the hype yourself. Lana Del Rey seems to have only just about caught up with herself in regards to the fame on her doorstep and the expectation on her shoulders and this is why so many still see her as a gimmick, rather than a gifted songwriter with unique talent and style to burn. 
 
Album Review - Lana Del Rey ‘Ultraviolence’
This is why we have been eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Ultraviolence’ as it represents Lana’s first real chance to be herself. While she has much left to prove, at least she can go about her business on her own terms. Every single released in the build-up to album release day heightened anticipation of the release and now that it is upon us, we must say, we are incredibly impressed by what Lana Del Rey has delivered. 
 
We knew you could do it Lana.
 
The influence of Black Keys honcho Dan Auerbach is evident throughout; the shoe-gazey undertones that make up the release are signature Black Keys sounding and work perfectly with Lana’s dusty and vintage vocal stylings. While ‘West Coast’ still stands out as the flagship single on the album, this is no traditional major release; ‘Ultraviolence’ demands the listener’s attention, it is solemn, heartfelt and insatiably cool. Gone of the days of Lana Del Rey ‘the pop princess’, long live the real ‘Lana Del Rey’.
 
‘Ultraviolence’ is out today. Click here to learn more.
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    O2 Academy Brixton, in London

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017

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