Album Pressure for Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence”
On Tuesday, June 17, sheer bliss awaits ravenous fans of crooner Lana Del Rey. “Ultraviolence,” the highly-anticipated summer release, hopes to satiate Del Rey’s underground multitude of fans. Del Rey’s third studio-mixed album, this time produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, appears to already be relishing the pressure.
Several pre-released songs currently permeate the Web, including the track “Ultraviolence,” with which the album shares its name. Lyrical repetition, rhyme and Del Rey’s song-bird, cooling contralto imbue the track, proving the singer still has power to lull listeners off into the sort of dream-trance that initially hypnotized audiences worldwide.
Del Rey supplies exactly what has been demanded of her.
Del Rey further captivates listeners with a voice that remains equal parts angelic and guttural on “West Coast” and “Shades of Cool.” Sudden abruptness defines a journey in the tracks, as harsh themes subside and chill detachment ensues, formulating an evolving pattern. Imagery of an old-time record player stuck on repeat cannot accurately capture her doleful magic. Sudden, sing-song reversals recall this magic as audiences greedily seek to replace the fix that her first studio-produced album,“Born To Die,” provided almost three years ago.
The cinematic femme gangster who resonates powerfully in “Blue Jeans” grows up and into a west-coast heartbreaker on these tracks, proving Del Rey is a “Brooklyn Baby” no more. Del Rey has come a long way from the days back in 2012 when fans ardently defended her amidst skeptics who condemned her talent following an unfortunate performance on Saturday Night Live.
Despite challenging criticism, Del Rey has one of the most fiercely loyal fan base of any artist active today. Her live performances may be characterized as self-indulgent but that does not seem to matter to her determined, flower-crown clad following. Del Rey’s fans are so loyal to the point that they dare forgive her for performing “Young and Beautiful” at Kim and Kanye’s nuptials.
Whether her album sinks or soars, Del Rey definitely proves she is a force to be reckoned with. Polydor and Interscope Records are set to release the album in its entirety on June 17, with deluxe, pre-order editions being sold on iTunes.
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