Lana Del Rey Ul­travi­o­lence

Australian T3 - - MUSIC TO YOUR EARS -

De­spite her em­brace of the dull pin-up aes­thetic, Del Rey is one of the harder fe­male artists to pin down. While Lady Gaga’s weird­ness be­comes more des­per­ate and un­in­ter­est­ing with ev­ery pass­ing stunt, Lana Del Rey holds our at­ten­tion be­cause she seems like a gen­uinely trou­bled char­ac­ter. Her ap­par­ent de­ter­mi­na­tion to be mis­er­able – like she’s chas­ing her dreams while se­cretly hop­ing they turn to ashes in her hands – gives her an air of tragedy. Far bet­ter than her first al­bum, Born to Die, the lush ar­range­ments on

Ul­travi­o­lence, pro­vide per­fect sup­port as Del Rey falls apart for our en­joy­ment. Bleakly glam­ourous. lis­ten to: Pretty When You Cry

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