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Happy Monday everyone!
I am going to start this week off with something a little different: an album review! Specifically Lana Del Rey’s newest album, Lust For Life.
For those of you who don’t know, I used to write for my alma mater’s paper, and I was the Entertainment Editor. Reviewing albums, movies, books etc. has been a passion of mine for awhile! I am excited to get back to my roots with this one.
And without further ado, here it is:
There has been an ongoing trend in Lana Del Rey’s albums that everyone has seemed to notice: she doesn’t smile. Seriously, go look at her old album covers and you will notice it and also be intrigued.
So when she released her newest album cover in April with an ear-to-ear grin, her fans definitely noticed. Not only that, but they KNEW that this album would be different than those previously released by her.
Finally, after several months of torture and waiting for the record to hit publicly, it did on Friday, July 21st, 2017. And we were not disappointed.
I had the advantage of REALLY listening to Lust For Life in its entirety because I was on a road trip back from vacation. And what better way to get the full effect of a Lana album than a long car ride halfway across America?! I can’t think of any.
So I pulled up Spotify, searched her album and played it on shuffle. This is the best way to really get a feel for the album, in my opinion.
I listened to the album about two times through, and immediately had my favorites that included: Love, her single that debuted a few months before the album released, Lust For Life, where she collaborated with The Weeknd (swoon) to create a melodic masterpiece, Tomorrow Never Came featuring Sean Lennon and lastly, Beautiful People Beautiful Problems featuring Stevie Nicks.
I know, I know, majority of my favorites are collabs, but I can’t help it – they were all wonderful!
And can we talk about all the people she collabed with!? If you are a Lana fan, you know that she doesn’t work with others very often. But this new album features some great voices that could dictate that this album is much more than her previous albums, and she needed others to help relay her message.
Break Down Of My Favorites:
The first collab I heard was Stevie Nicks’ song Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems. When I heard Nicks’ voice in there, I immediately squealed! I am a die-hard Fleetwod Mac fan, and I really thought the mash-up of Lana’s and Stevie’s amazing voices was the perfect medley.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say their voices are similar to one another’s, but they both hold their places to be distinguished when compared to modern pop music. This duet might very well be a classic.
And I don’t know about you guys, but I love when a well-known artist from “before my time” comes into a song with someone I currently obsess over. It’s like two worlds are coming together. (Remember when Elton John sang Save Rock N’ Roll with Fall Out Boy?!?! That was my jam!)
When Tomorrow Never Came started playing, I knew it sounded familiar. That is when I heard JOHN LENNON’S VOICE – but wait, it wasn’t exactly John Lennon.
I was so confused by this point. I had to go look it up.
And what do you know?! Lana teamed up with John Lennon’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, to re-vibe The Beatle’s song Something. It eerily sounds just like his late father’s voice – almost to the T.
The song gives off The Beatle’s vibes and will leave you feeling nostalgic and satisfied that they recreated their sound.
Let’s get on to the title track, Lust For Life with The Weeknd.
This is really a lovely song … It has a dark vibe that we are used to hearing with Lana, but it’s also more cheery at the same time. I know that doesn’t make sense, but it is worth a listen just to see what I’m talking about.
And lastly, a personal favorite, Love which was released prior to the album, and was definitely a change from the Lana we know. The song is very upbeat, which is foreign to her fans when coming from her, but she somehow works it really well.
When I heard this song a couple of months ago, I knew immediately her upcoming album was going to be so much more than her old stuff. And even Lana wanted her fans to know it was different, saying that she wanted to step away and “move on” from her dark past and bring something new to her fans.
Afterall, music is about growing and evolving (I am looking at you, Miley Cyrus haters). I think Lana has advanced well with her new album. I was definitely glad to hear a mixture of the upbeat songs with her old, vintage sound she is known for.
Lana also went on to create a couple of songs with A$AP Rocky, and one including Playboi Carti. Though I liked those songs, they were not my personal favorite.
There are other truly incredible singles that are included on Lust For Life, but I am trying to keep this short and sweet and only talk about the songs that really stood out to me. Popcrush reviewed the album track by track and I loved how they broke it down – you can even listen to a little snippet of each song!
Overall, Lust For Life is a great balance of her old style, and a newer style that she brings forth. It is poppy, political without being overbearing .. in fact, it’s rather subtle. But it’s there.
One thing that should be noted is that she is still the same artist we have grow to love over the last six years, and her positivity on the future of America is something we should all learn from and definitely admire.
I hope y’all have a great week!
Do you have a favorite song from Lana’s new album?
How do you feel about the difference in styles from this album compared to her other albums?