LANA DEL REY
Well, whaddaya know? The pre-fab tabular rasa of Born To Die is a real human being after all – one capable of feeling used and abused by the Industry that she strove so long to be a vital part of and of hating herself for having gone along for the ride. Not for nothing did she light up Baz Luhrmann’s soundtrack for The Great Gatsby.
In the chain-smoking interviews that she has given to promote this follow-up to her overhyped debut, she expresses the desire to die young and beautiful. This album explains why, in grittier verbal detail and in scarier soundscapes than you might want to know. It’s really too bad that Lou Reed died on the day of his scheduled collaboration with her. Edie Sedgwick lives!
– Arsenio Orteza