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Lana Del Rey releases chilling new album



Following hype from Coachella, Lana Del Rey’s latest album has already lit up the charts.

Lana Del Rey reported not liking the spotlight life of a pop star, and considered not creating a new album. This idea of hers even brought her to a palm reader, and according to her interview with the New York Times, she spoke to her palm reader about having doubts about continuing as a musician altogether.

Thankfully, Del Rey rethought her decision and released Ultraviolence on Friday. The tone of her new album occasionally takes some spooky turns, so its Friday the 13th release date is surprisingly fitting, although it wasn’t released on iTunes until Tuesday.

Ultraviolence has become one of Lana Del Rey’s most incredible works to date. It creates a mix of the 2012 Del Rey from Born to Die with some new techniques and styles that are begging to be heard. Throughout Ultraviolence, Del Rey uses synths to her advantage by creating a chilling tone that is almost eerie. Between the tone and crushingly normal lyrics, Del Rey reaches new heights with this album. It is one of the most relatable albums so far in 2014.

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The Guardian gives Lana Del Rey four out of five stars for her performance,

“[Ultraviolence has] great songs about awful, boring people,” The Guardian said.

Del Rey eloquently and fabulously ties in the pain, sorrow and simple annoyances of our everyday lives as if she were our best friend. The connection she creates with her listener makes her album difficult to become bored with.

While the album is beautiful and tastefully written, it undoubtedly follows Lana Del Rey’s style. It is overwhelmingly similar to the rest of Del Rey’s work, and it would have been great to hear her break though her musical shell. If listening to Ultraviolence and Del Rey’s break-out album Born to Die side by side, the similarities are stunning.

However, since Del Rey stuck to her same style, it became clear what her personal sound is.

“She’s never sounded so comfortable in her own skin,” Digital Spy wrote. That is obvious throughout the entire album. Del Rey has become more talented at threading her voice in with the background music, and by doing so she creates a style that is truly her own.

Refreshingly, Del Rey never seems to be searching for hits with her songs and albums, something deserving of respect.

“Her voice sounds human and unguarded, offering sweetness and ache even when she sings four-letter words,” The New York Times said.­ It’s something rare to hear when the radio turns on.

Del Rey has the interesting talent of taking crude words and turning them into gentle works of art. The New York Times also points out that her songs invoke a vintage sound. This sound is mirrored by her vintage style, with finger waves, high-waisted shorts and Peter Pan collars.

Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence is on the top selling albums on iTunes, and deservingly so. If you find yourself in need of a soul-searching album, Ultraviolence is a superb choice.


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