Casting an ultraviolet light on our darker and most vulnerable sides.
Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence hit Australian shelves last week and is a very interesting exploration of human behaviour and vulnerability, well at least that’s my interpretation. As always her voice retains a haunting elegance and the music a filtered, scratchy texture that is simultaneously elegant. It is this style that I believe sets Del Rey aside from other artists.
Overall the album is generally pleasing with some standout tracks and additionally some disappointing ones. The title song Ultraviolence was a good listen, but by far the best song on the album was Black Beauty. People rave about West Coast but I personally think it is quite average, and I was disappointed by Sad Girl, Brooklyn Baby and Shades of Cool. Fucked My Way Up to the Top was a very risky title and I couldn’t wait to see what this song was about. It’s not bad, I definitely recommend it.
To me this album is drenched with meaning, as was Del Rey’s first album Born to Die. The name Ultraviolence reminds me of ultraviolet light which reveals markings, writing and other hidden secrets that the eye normally could not see. When you consider the song titles it could be said that Del Rey is casting an ultraviolet light upon Western society and culture, unearthing the greedier, seedier, darker elements of human behaviour that lurk in the back alleys of our awareness. I believe also that Del Rey is exploring these behaviours in light of vulnerability, particularly in Cruel World, Pretty When You Cry and The Other Woman.
Between drugs, sex, infidelity, old and new money, mourning, Del Rey explores it all in Ultraviolence. It is definitely worth the listen and I eagerly await her future work.
Listen to..Cruel World, Ultraviolence, Fucked My Way Up to the Top, Black Beauty, Guns and Roses
Skip.. West Coast, Shades of Cool, Brooklyn Baby and Sad Girl