Is the title of this album an indication of a new phase in Lana Del Rey’s career? The cover of her fourth album – “Lust for Life” – in itself shows a new look. Lana is glowing a smile, shifting (slightly) from her usual deep gaze.
It took me a while to start enjoying her music. Although her voice has always fascinated me, especially after learning that one of the tracks that put her on the world’s musical map – “Video Games” –, after it was leaked online and became a hit. This later landed her first major label, Interscope.
Lana Del Rey is hard to define – hard to set a specific style or even genre. I honestly feel like her voice and music style is so unique, that it would feel unfair to label set her in any existing genre. Maybe she has a style of her own. “Which genre is this? Oh…this is ‘Lana Del Rey’”.
I was more enticed by this album than the previous ones she has launched. Although extremely well produced, and the fact that her voice is enough to take you to a whole new universe, this album has a mixture of styles, rhythms, and contributions (which include The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon), painting a beautiful picture.
Plus, in this album, we see Del Rey diving into current and complex subjects such as feminism and politics.
The album kicks off with the song “Love”. A gorgeous song, that has all the touches of the original Lana Del Rey. It almost feels like she is slowly introducing listeners to this new mix, rather than just jumping in. Like most of her singles, her voice is the true layer of melody.
“Lust For Life” features The Weeknd singing elements of the song. But during the first few seconds of the song, the underlying melody has such a ‘The Weeknd’ touch to it, that you can almost confuse who is the artist and who is featuring in this song.
“God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It” is one of her lyrics dedicated to the women, especially dedicated to recent events much like the Women’s March. While in the subject of politics, “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing” lyrics include “Is it the end of an era / Is it the end of America”. Of course, we can only speculate the reason behind these words…but it seems quite obvious. Right?
Final highlights to this extensive album that includes 16 tracks are the two extraordinary contributors. Stevie Nicks shows her influence in the “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” song’s melody, and creating a beautiful harmony between two extraordinary and legendary singers (I feel that I can already include Lana Del Rey in this category – she has more than proved herself).
And of course, the song “Tomorrow Never Came” with Sean Ono Lennon is a testament to his origins as the son of John Lennon. The Beatles reference with the slow guitar in this song is undeniable, which makes this another highlight of this album. Not to mention the beautiful lyrics.
As I mentioned before, this is so far, my favourite album by Lana Del Rey, and I absolutely recommend listening.