Album review: Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey

CARINA KLOPPERS

Lust for Life is Lana Del Rey’s fifth studio album, and is a dedication to her loyal supporters. She said that, “this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.” After much anticipation – since the release of “Love” in January 2017 – the album dropped on 21 July, and it quickly became evident that Del Rey was sincere about Lust for Life being for her fans as the album serves as a reminder of why she initially gained popularity.

As this album is the first to feature collaborations with guest artists, which among others include The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky, Del Rey is expanding her established diverse sound to an even bigger audience with the slightest tones of pop. The slow but warm music creates a nostalgic haze with just enough smooth electronic beats, to keep things current.

In Lust for Life Del Rey stays true to her post modern approach to music, while also proving that she is not afraid of experimenting outside her boundaries. Her lyrics continue to explore a faded and mythical Hollywood, with an overflow of American iconography. The vintage homage is extended with iconic pop culture references and a stylistic tribute to The Beatles in “Tomorrow Never Came” (featuring Sean Lennon).

With a lengthy track list of 16 songs, Del Rey’s dedication towards layers of symbolism and lyrical poetry may come across as too exhaustive an attempt to be uniquely profound. Some songs are just forgettable, as the they lack enough potency to be worthy of repeat play. This is redeemed with tracks like “Love” with its grainy texture and relaxed melody reminiscent of the fifties.

The eerie young love theme of the title single, “Lust of Life”, and subdued dream state of “Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind”, makes for a relaxed album. It does not force any ideals of happiness upon the listener, but rather serves as a reminder that somehow goodness is still worth believing in.

Although Lust of Life might seem little overreaching or unpolished in content, it is still the ideal companion to any millennial.

 

4/5

 

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