LUST FOR LIFE. ALBUM REVIEW. LANA DEL REY

 

Lana is back in a quieter mood. More introspective. More heartfelt. Less histrionic. This is am amazing album that still has the same addictive tunes in a less ostentatious form. I do not love this album because I love Lana Del Rey. I love this album because I love what it is saying and I love hearing duets with Sean Lennon and Stevie Nicks and The Weeknd. This album is softer but more soulful. There are so many songs that you get lost in. Her powers of hypnotism have not subsided. Lana Del Rey is a true talent. A gem of our generation. She is the real deal. There is not a fake thing about her. She is not scared of owning her badness or her goodness. At this point in pop music, she is the best female role model out there.

 

 

This video intrigued me. It had a Twilight Zone vibe that made me think about the 50’s which is a time she is always tied to, that late 50’s early 60’s magic cusp when rock n roll was being born and pop already bubbling out of rock and folk. Music should be an adventure or a tonic. Ultraviolence was her darkest and most powerful in that way. It reminded me of the edge and grit of The Velvet Underground and Amy Winehouse. Born to Die was so fresh and new with the perfect interplay of darkness and light. Something that excites me about Lana is that she is always growing.

 

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These images make me very curious about what the album means in context. The images are somewhat campy and the album really is not, except when it comes to ‘Coachella,’ which I will fully admit I hate. It is just mediocre and sounds way too much like ‘Love.’

‘Change,’ which comes late in the album chills and stills me like a flashlight in the eyes of a frog. This song is so haunting and I cannot help but thinking of great folk singers like Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt, or Joni Mitchell. If you ever wondered who is the real woman under the fake name and fake lashes, this is her. Listen to this song if you never listen to anything of her. This is the real story and she is telling it to you with her voice. I challenge you not to at least tear up a little.

I think this album is about a universal kind of sadness. This is not a pity party. This is an I gotta put my big girl pants on cause the shit is hitting the fan kinda album. Lana does not think she can afford to indulge her darkness to its full extent, or maybe she is just bored with playing the sad girl, when a man like Donald Trump is in the White House. It is not even about him but what he represents with his actions, which speak louder than words. This is mature Lana.

 

LANA DEL REY COVER

 

 

“This is my commitment, my modern manifesto, I am doing it for all of us, who never had the chance.”

 

Lana Del Rey is a poet. Her witchy message is strong. Never forget it.

xoxox

LDR4EVER

 

VIDEO AT ENIGMA TESS YOUTUBE

“Get Free”

Finally, I’m crossing the threshold
From the ordinary world
To the reveal of my heart
Undoubtedly, that will for certain
Take the dead out of the sea
And the darkness from the arts

This is my commitment
My modern manifesto
I’m doing it for all of us
Who never got the chance
For… and for… (shut up, shut up)
And all my birds of paradise (shut up, shut up)
Who never got to fly at night (shut up, shut up)
‘Cause they were caught up in the dens

Sometimes it feels like I’ve got a war in my mind
I want to get off but I keep riding the ride
I never really noticed that I had to decide
To play someone’s game or live my own life
And now I do
I want to move
Out of the black (out of the black)
Into the blue (into the blue)

Finally
Gone is the burden
Of the crowding way of being
That comes from energies combined
Like my part was I
Was not discerning
And you as we found out
Were not in your right mind

There’s no more chasing rainbows
And hoping for an end to them
Their arches are illusions
Solid at first glance
But then you try to touch them (touch, touch)
There’s nothing to hold on to (hold, hold)
The colors used to lure you in (shut up, shut up)
And put you in a trance (ah… yeah)

Sometimes it feels like I’ve got a war in my mind
I want to get off but I keep riding the ride
I never really noticed that I had to decide
To play someone’s game or live my own life
And now I do
I want to move
Out of the black (out of the black)
Into the blue (into the blue)
Out of the black (out of the black)
Into the blue (into the blue)
Out of the black (out of the black)
Into the blue (into the blue)

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About Leza Cantoral

Leza Cantoral is a human who lives on the internet. She is the editor of Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey & Sylvia Plath, host of Get Lit With Leza podcast, author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest, & editor in chief of CLASH Books. She blogs at lezacantoral.com Twitter, IG, FB @lezacantoral

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