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Alex Z. Name: Born to Die – Lana Del Rey
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Record Label: Interscope Records
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Review written by: Winfield Dean
Lana Del Rey has just released her new album “Born to Die”. She has been compared to Adele and Amy Winehouse, however this album leaves much to be desired.

The album starts off with “Born to Die” which is about having to get high to be happy when life brings you down. It’s an incredibly depressing song to start the album off with and it didn’t make me want to keep listening to the rest of the songs. Track two, “Off to the Races”, is about her love being a “bad man”. The song is sung in a haunting tone and it honestly creeped me out to listen to it.

“Blue Jeans”, the third track on the album, is about a woman who has lost the man she loves because he chased his dreams. She’s letting the man know that she will love him until the end of time and wait for the rest of her life if he decides to come back to her. “Video Games” is a song off of Lana’s self-titled EP and is currently the most popular song she has. It’s about everything she does being for the person she loves. All of the songs up to this point have had the same slow, uninviting tone. Lana Del Rey does have a pretty voice, but the tone of her songs does not make you want to keep listening to her album.

Track five, “Diet Mountain Dew”, is the only slightly upbeat song on the entire album. It’s about forgetting the past and looking to the future with the person you love. This is one of the only songs on the album I didn’t mind listening to because it didn’t bring my mood down as much as the others. “National Anthem” is about money and sex. Lana Del Rey sings this song in more of whispery, rough tone and it works for the subject of the song.

“Dark Paradise” is about finding true love, yet once that true love is lost it is haunting. Lana sings about how when she closes her eyes she’s in a “dark paradise” where she sees the one she was in love with, yet he doesn’t love her back. She sings it in the same dark, ominous tone that she sings the majority of her other songs in. Next on the album is “Radio”. This song is about people loving her now because she’s being played on the radio yet they have no idea what she has been through in the past. I find this song to be interesting because it seems to be one of the only ones that really, truly comes from what she’s been through.

Track nine, “Carmen” is about a 17 year old who is portrayed to be the stereotypical mean, popular high school girl. She sings that “the boys, the girls, they all love Carmen” yet the girl is just using people. “Million Dollar Man” is about a man who has made it to the top and looks like a million dollars but he doesn’t have someone to love. Lana sings “you look like a million dollar man, so why is my heart broke?”

“Summertime Sadness” could not keep my attention. I kept finding myself drifting off. There isn’t a part in this song that grabs your attention and keeps it. It’s very one note. The last song on the album “This is What Makes Us Girls”, is about girls always putting love first instead of their friends, and then getting heart broken. This song doesn’t have anything special to set it apart from the rest of the album.

Overall, Lana Del Rey has fallen flat with “Born to Die”. Many of the songs sound dull and seem to drone on forever. The lyrics seem to have content, but I couldn’t pay attention because they were being sung in such a boring way. I won’t deny that Lana Del Rey has a pretty voice and can sing, I just don’t think she uses it well.
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