I still remember when I first discovered Lana Del Rey’s music. My wife had been urging me to give her music a listen for a while and I kept putting it off. One day while surfing YouTube, I decided to click on a song that happened to pop up on the page. That song was West Coast and I’ve been a huge Lana Del Rey fan ever since.
I remember falling in love with her unique style. Her voice is so hypnotic to me, and I can’t get enough of it. I believe Lana Del Rey is creating musical art projects on each album, and because of this, stands above her contemporaries.
Needless to say, I’ve been anxiously awaiting her new album, especially since she’s been teasing us with preview tracks since February.
Album of the Week
Right from the opening track Love pulled into Lana Del Rey’s world courtesy of her amazing voice. Along with her voice, the atmosphere of the track makes you feel like you’re dreaming. Absolutely breathtaking.
Lana Del Rey has always said that her style and influences are hip hop based. This album takes those influences to another level. Starting with the title track, a collaboration with her friend and frequent collaborator The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey has some guest spots by some of hip hop's finest.
I think my love for The Weeknd grew from the fact that he and Lana Del Rey share a similar style regardless of the different genres.
Both Summer Bummer and Groupie Love feature A$AP Rocky. Both tracks shouldn’t work since Lana Del Rey is so melancholy in her approach to singing. And yet not only does it work, it works like gangbusters. These two tracks change things up a bit for Lana Del Rey by showcasing her love of hip hop and creating some fresh new tracks in the process.
On Coachella – Woodstock On My Mind, Lana Del Rey goes hip hop herself in her lyrical delivery. The beats accompanying her vocals create an interesting vision of hip hop. It’s a standout thanks to how different it really is. Other standouts on Lust For Life are 13 Beaches and Cherry, as they showcase more of Lana Del Rey's beautiful voice.
I’m not going to lie when I say I freaked out upon hearing Lana Del Rey’s duet with one of my favorite female singers, Stevie Nicks, on the track Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.
I’ve often said that I can get lost in Stevie Nicks’ voice, especially songs from her early Fleetwood Mac days. Her collaboration with Lana Del Rey is like a dream come true as I hear these two amazing voices which carry me away into another world. Simply amazing. If there’s any one song on this album to go out of your way to hear, it’s this one.
Lana Del Rey isn’t for everyone. Some find her music too slow or “out there.” Personally, I feel that even with the success she’s had, she remains almost underground in a way. I personally feel that Lana Del Rey makes art on each album, not just music, as she isn’t afraid to take chances. Lust For Life is another home run for me.
Five albums in, and Lana Del Rey continues to create a style that is all her own. One that I can’t see anyone copying as it’s just too unique. Try her out and I’m sure something will strike your ear and make you a fan. It was the advice I was given once and now I can never get enough Lana Del Rey.
The Playlist: July 7th, 2017
Nine Inch Nails released their second EP, Add Violence, in their three-EP project this week. The EP is freaking fantastic with Trent Reznor and his new NIN addition Atticus Ross (who partners with Trent on film scores). Together, they look back at NIN’s past all while throwing them into the future.
The Lovers is a perfect example of his mix. The atmosphere is dark, but the loops and sounds coming out of my speakers feel like my computer is making the music. This is why Reznor has been and always will be a game changer.
Demi Lovato is back with a new single that once again proves why she’s one of the most consistent and talented pop stars out there today. Sorry Not Sorry is a great pop tune for late summer and a great single to hold us over until Lovato’s next album which is starting to become overdue.
I was a huge fan of Echosmith’s single Cool Kids, as their style of pop rock was infectious. The band is back with latest single Goodbye and their sound seems more mature and in tune with what is radio friendly right now. That being said, the song is great and I’m really digging it.
Arcade Fire has been dropping new music like crazy, and anticipation for their new album is at a fever pitch. The band seems to really be committed to their new electro-rock sound and I’m fine with it as I’ve been loving what I’ve heard so far. Electric Blue gives Regine a chance to step out front and totally kill it on this awesome track.
Before I go, I’d like to take a minute to reflect on the tragic death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. After my tribute to him last week, I went back and listened to One More Light again. The title track from the band's pop oriented record is a gem.
I urge you to go read the lyrics and reflect on Chester and his life as the words have now become haunting. With everything that has happened, the band's performance of the song in honor of Chester’s best friend Chris Cornell is now even more heartbreaking.
For more Trent Reznor, revisit his masterpiece The Downward Spiral on vinyl. As we still try and recover from Chester Bennington’s passing, let’s remember him and how he helped so many of us in our time of need with his music.