Music CD - 2012
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Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : Interscope Records, p2012
Edition: Explicit version
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Good album - just wish it were longer. Also available to stream on Hoopla.

May 27, 2015

These comments will be for all three of LDR's records, 'Born To Die' (=cd1), 'Paradise' (=cd2), and 'Ultraviolence' (=cd3), because I listened to them consecutively and in a relatively short span of time, and so perceived them in a sense as coherent collection, as one really long album.
Much of the songs are quite slow, with only a few exceptions. LDR's voice ranges from clear notes strongly sounded to mumbling moans and whimpering whines, sometimes all the same song. Many of the songs have a strong love-element to them: declaring, wanting to love, and wanting to be loved, usually expressed pensively or with forlornness, the lines themselves often ringing a false, and also especially naive (from one point of view, from another it could be considered open and honest).
Of the three, cd1 is the most pop-like, with some upbeat songs, some with a kind of rapping, but mostly rather expressing a disillusioned malaise at late-modern capitalism. I don't listen much to any pop music, but I can recall hearing the first, third, and fourth songs before; they were probably the ones that made it up the charts; I assert that the last two songs are rather good as well.
Cd2 is the most emotionally and rhythmically consistent, though its rather short, lasting only about half an hour. The song 'Blue Velvet' sounds like tipsy slurring at karaoke, but several of the others are touching, especially the first three and the last.
Cd3 is somewhat different in its sound: more guitars and real drums (with cymbals), and less electronic sound effects. Its tonal and thematic variety is greater than that of cd2, but a bit less than that of cd1. Much more swearing and obscenity on it as well, wailing against the Great Western Butterslide, I suppose. The themes include more about love, including a song ('Pretty When You Cry', if recall aright) which sounds like a mewling fifteen year old when it begins, both in words and singing style, but then develops and develops.
The songs generally tend to express a disenchanted ennui at early urban post-modern civilization, like a bird that has just had its nest blown away in storm lamenting its loss, repeatedly, and not building a new nest even though it is capable of doing so. Numerous pop-culture references and vulgarity, epitomized by the lines "My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola/ My eyes are wide as cherry pies" (from 'Cola' on cd2), pervade the records.

Nov 18, 2014

Awful. Monotonic. Dull. And I liked Born To Die.

Dec 12, 2013

great songs to listen to - especially when you want to drown out the world and enter another dimension.

Apr 02, 2013

I heard "Body electric" from this album on a favorite podcast. Great sounding song. But a whole album of the sound and attitude gets old. Not much substance.

Dec 23, 2012

lana does some reallly good stuff- her problem is that is does not translate well live.


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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Coarse Language: Yeah, this has a parental advisory label for a reason...


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