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  • Feature: Why "Ultraviolence" from Lana Del Rey Is a Classic

    Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:30:30

    Feature: Why "Ultraviolence" from Lana Del Rey Is a Classic - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    With the title of her second album, Lana Del Rey leaves one important question looming.

    Will this record "sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old Ultraviolence?" Well, it certainly will, and she could fit right in with Alex DeLarge and his "droogies"—perhaps even giving them all a run for the money. That's the magic of Ultraviolence. It's a twisted fairy tale of the highest order like Lolita or Blue Velvet.

    In fact, films stand as a better point of comparison for Lana Del Rey's sophomore opus. The most magical thing about it is she's fearless. She can skewer hipsters slyly on "Brooklyn Baby" and sound downright angelic. Or, in the midst of a hypnotic haze, she can announce, "You're fuckin' crazy" and "I'm finally happy now that you're gone" on the opener "Cruel World". At the same time, she'll boldly drop the satirical "Fucked My Way Up to the Top", poetically declaring, "I'm a dragon, you're a whore. Don't even know what you're good for. Mimicking me is a fucking bore".

    That kind of cadence nods to Kurt Cobain's rhyme schemes but there's an ethereal femme fatale buzz that makes it strictly Lana Del Rey. The somber acoustic guitar on "Pretty When You Cry" makes for a stark naked lullaby where her voice shines elegantly, while "The Other Woman" feels ripped right out of The Last Picture Show in the best way possible.

    Throughout the entire time, you feel like you're watching a classic sixties or seventies drama unfold. It's just not Stanley Kubrick or Roman Polanski at the helm this time, it's Miss Lana Del Rey. Ultraviolence cuts deep, and that's why it's a "fucking" classic. She's just being honest, and that's what could very well ignite a pop revolution.

    Grab it at iTunes.

    Rick Florino

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