Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

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Ultraviolence is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, released in June 2014 by Polydor Records.

The maelstrom of hype surrounding Lana Del Rey's 2012 breakthrough album, found critics, listeners, and pop culture aficionados divided about her detached, hyper-stylized approach to every aspect of her music and public persona. What managed to get overlooked by many was that Born To Die made such a polarizing impression because it actually offered something that didn't sound like anything else.

Follow-up album Ultraviolence shifts gears considerably, building a thick, slow-moving atmosphere with its languid songs and opulent arrangements. Gone are the big beats and glossy production. Instead, Ultraviolence begins with the protracted, rolling melancholia of "Cruel World", nearly seven minutes of what feels like a sad, reverb-drenched daydream. The song sets the stage for the rest of the album, which simmers with a haunted, yearning feeling but never boils over.

Even the most pop-friendly moments here are steeped in patient, jazz-inflected moodiness, as with the sad-eyed longing of "Shades Of Cool" or the unexpected tempo changes that connect the slinky verses of single "West Coast" to their syrupy, swaying choruses.

Production from the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach might have something to do with the metered restraint that permeates the album, with songs like "Sad Girl" carrying some of the slow-burning touches of greasy blues-rock Auerbach is known for.

Ultraviolence thrives for the most part in its density, meant clearly to be absorbed as an entire experience, with even its weaker pieces contributing to a mood that's consumptive, sexy, and as eerie as big-budget pop music gets.

Del Rey's loudest detractors criticised her music as a hollow, cliché-ridden product designed by the music industry and lacking the type of substance that makes real pop stars pop. Ultraviolence asserts that as a songwriter, she has complete control of her craft, deciding on songs far less flashy or immediate but still uniquely captivating. As these songs shift her sound into more mature and nuanced places, it becomes clear that every deadpan affectation, lispy lyric, and overblown allusion to desperate living has been a knowing move in the creation of the strange, beguiling character - and sonic experience - we know as Lana Del Rey.

Check out the tracks: “West Coast”; “Shades Of Cool”; “Ultraviolence”; “Brooklyn Baby” and “Black Beauty”.

This double LP is pressed in Europe on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl is housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes three bonus tracks and a digital download.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Cruel World

6:40

A2

Ultraviolence

4:11

A3

Shades Of Cool

5:42

B1

Brooklyn Baby

5:52

B2

West Coast

4:17

B3

Sad Girl

5:18

C1

Pretty When You Cry

3:54

C2

Money Power Glory

4:31

C3

Fucked My Way Up To The Top

3:32

C4

Old Money

4:31

D1

The Other Woman

3:02

D2

Black Beauty (Bonus Track)

5:15

D3

Guns And Roses (Bonus Track)

4:31

D4

Florida Kids (Bonus Track)

4:16

SKU 00602537874484
Record Label Polydor Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3787448
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 13 June 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 13 June 2014
Barcode # 00602537874484
Shipping Weight 0.5700kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Psychedelic Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Dream Pop
Format VINYL LP

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