Lana Del Rey, ‘Mariners Apart­ment Complex’

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE | LISTEN UP - Maeve McDer­mott

Lana Del Rey has only be­come less po­lar­iz­ing since her 2011 break­out sin­gle “Video Games” galvanized the in­ter­net. And with ev­ery new re­lease, she fights back against the ar­gu­ments that she’s not among her gen­er­a­tion’s great pop stars – not nec­es­sar­ily by dis­prov­ing her rep­u­ta­tion as a singer who only makes dra­matic bal­lads about love and heart­break but by cap­tur­ing a dif­fer­ent yet equally evoca­tive vibe, or by adding nu­ance to a sit­u­a­tion she has sung about time and again be­fore.

Sim­i­larly, “Mariners Apart­ment Complex” catches Del Rey brood­ing at the beach while reach­ing out to a paramour over a dreamy folk-rock melody courtesy of her col­lab­o­ra­tion with pop star-fa­vorite pro­ducer Jack Antonoff. It’s the first song the duo has worked on to­gether and a promis­ing sign for her forth­com­ing sixth al­bum. –

Lana Del Rey

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