Universal LANA DEL REY - BORN TO DIE: DELUXE EDITION
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- "I lisented to this nonstop for at least 3 months, she is an amazing artist!" in 5 reviews
- "one of my all time favorite albums of hers love every song on it including born to die and video games " in 4 reviews
- "The song video games was originally what made me fall in love with this album, but the others quickly won me over." in 3 reviews
Lana may not have one the better voices musicality-wise, but her voice is unique and fitting to her distinct style. Her music infuses pop, hip-hop, oldies, and singer-songwriter all as a single style I've never seen before but now witness many now trying to replicate. Her song writing is top-notch and clever, as well as catchy and fitting to the Sadcore tag made especially for her. She is truly one of a kind.
I am not typically a fan of hip-hop or anything with electronic undertones, but I find myself drawn to Del Rey's craft. It has just enough retro to pull me in. I'm more a fan of classic rock and older pop, and I don't swerve towards many of today's top radio plays like Beyonce and Katy Perry. Del Rey, in my opinion, is far above most of today's music as she writes music that is not just about selling a beat but painting a picture any art critic can enjoy and relate. Her songs tell stories and evoke emotion in listeners. That is scarce in today's music, sadly.
The Deluxe Edition is better than the original as it is really two albums in one. While only "Summertime Sadness" garnered international attention, the rest of the collection is, in my humble opinion, equally or above the quality as her hit song.
Tracks like "National Anthem," "Million Dollar Man," and "Lolita" spark a sexy side of Del Rey, while "Video Games" and "Without You" show a softer, loving side. "Born to Die" is reminder to enjoy life despite life's draw backs, and "This is What Makes Us Girls" paints a not-so-pretty picture of losing the innocence held only by carefree adolescence.
While this album may not attract those who prefer a more rockin' sound, Del Rey's soft voice and brilliant lyrics will resonate with anyone who enjoys a good pop song that may miss airtime in a world ruled by generic popstars.
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