Ranked 82nd on Maxim’s 2014 100 of the World’s Most Beautiful Women, Lana Del Rey has been snubbed again. No written piece or photograph can truly capture the beauty of Lana Del Rey and this week she released her album Ultraviolence.
I have been to a lot of live shows in the past few years. I have seen Kanye West’s Yeezus tour in the front row, Chance the Rapper about five times, Childish Gambino’s innovative ‘Because the Internet’ tour, but there was no feeling similar to a Lana Del Rey concert and this goes beyond the music. Lana Del Rey clearly does not have the following or the name recognition as some of music’s top artists, but her concert was the only show where I waited at six in the morning for a night concert and still was waiting behind about thirty others. A venue full of three categories: myself, women, and gay men, and yet everyone somehow had some sort of sexual attraction to Lana Del Rey, even if I was the only one that should. Avril Levigne, who ranked hotter on Maxim’s list, certainly does not have this same appeal but luckily for Lana she does not only have her looks.
Lana Del Rey continued to prove she is more than just a pretty face with her second (or third, depending who you ask) album Ultraviolence. Although this album is certainly more laid back and mellow than her debut album, with heavy production from The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach which vastly contrasts to the hip-hop influenced production of Emile and Jeff Bhasker on Born to Die, it continues to impress.
While Lana lyric’s or content may not be the best in music, she makes up for with her beautiful vocals and surrounds herself with music’s best producers. We can only hope that her and Kanye had time at his wedding to discuss plans for her next album. Singles like “West Coast” and “Shades of Cool”, both released before the album’s release, will surely become instant favorites for listeners. But that is not to say that the rest of the album is full of fillers. Songs like “F****d My Way to The Top” and even bonus tracks like “Florida Kilos” keep my interest throughout the entire album. There may not be over the top stand-out tracks like Born To Die‘s ‘Blue Jeans’ and who knows which song will have the broadest appeal on the radio (one of her biggest hits ‘Summertime Sadness’ charted over a year after its release and after the release of her Born To Die: Paradise Edition album), but this album is nothing to sleep on (although it may be a good soothing album to literally sleep to).