The haunting and ever so talented Ms. Lana Del Rey is back.
Lana is happier than ever on Lust for Life, and puts the world above herself. First single, “Love” marked a big change from her dark ‘Ultraviolence’ sound and a breakaway from the mellow vibes of ‘Honeymoon’. You don’t even have to look that far either as Lust for Life’s album artwork is the first time we have seen Lana smile.
She’s all set too, with “Summer Bummer” expressing that nothing is going to take away from her positive mind set.
The songstress has even brought A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd for the ride. Who would have thought they would collaborate with Lana and mesh so well together?
Speaking of collaboration, music legend Stevie Nicks and Lana together make for such an experience on the calming “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems”.
She further expresses her thoughts on the current political climate. This especially rings true on “When the World Was At War We Kept Dancing”, “Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind” and powerful feminist inspired track “God Bless America – And All the Beautiful Women In It”.
There’s even a bit of personal Lana touching on fame in the elegant “13 Beaches” along with the usual heartbreak on “In My Feelings”.
The final track brings home the concept of Lana regaining her lust for life as she reveals that she is finally free from control. “Finally” she says exasperatedly at the beginning of the track.
It’s good to see Lana embrace her freedom on Lust for Life and for her to take the time to express her thoughts on what is happening in the world.
Verdict: Lana has delivered a superb LP that showcases a more urban sound. The good news is that it works and allows her beautiful voice to transcend and attract new listeners.
Fave Tracks: Get Free, Summer Bummer, Love, Lust for Life, Groupie Love, 13 Beaches, God Bless America – And All the Beautiful Women In It.
Overall Rating: 8/10