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Born To Die

Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey is a femme fatale with a smoky voice, a languorous image, and a modeling contract. Not coincidentally, she didn't lack for attention leading up to the release of her Interscope debut, Born to Die. The hype began in mid-2011 with a stunning song and video for "Video Games," and it kept on rising, right up to her January 2012 performance on Saturday Night Live (making her the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia in 1998 to perform on SNL without an album available). Although it's easy to see the reasons why Del Rey got her contract, it's also easy to hear: her songwriting skills and her bewitching voice. "Video Games" is a beautiful song, calling to mind Fiona Apple and Anna Calvi as she recounts another variation on the age-old trope of female-as-sex-object. Her vacant, tired reading of the song rescues it from any hint of exploitation, making it a winner. Unfortunately, the only problem with Born to Die is a big one. There is a chasm that separates "Video Games" from the other material and performances on the album, which aims for exactly the same target -- sultry, sexy, wasted -- but with none of the same lyrical grace, emotional power, or sympathetic productions. Del Rey doesn't mind taking chances, varying her vocalizing and delivery, toying with her lines and reaching for cinematic flourishes ("he loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart," "Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice"), and even attempting to rap. But she's unable to consistently sell herself as a heartbreaker, and most of the songs here sound like cobbled retreads of "Video Games." An intriguing start, but Del Rey is going to have to hit the books if she wants to stay as successful as her career promised early on.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Born To Die
00:04:46

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Lewis, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bhasker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Parker, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brent Kolatalo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

2
Off To The Races
00:04:59

Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Patrik Berger, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Sampler, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Holm, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Larcombe, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Carl Bagge, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Fredrik Syberg, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pelle Hansen, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

3
Blue Jeans (Remastered 2011)
00:03:29

Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brent Kolatalo, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Heath, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

4
Video Games
00:04:41

John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Parker, ComposerLyricist - Elizabeth Grant, ComposerLyricist - RoboPop, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sterling Fox, Producer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

5
Diet Mountain Dew
00:03:42

Mike Daly, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Lewis, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Kolatalo, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

6
National Anthem
00:03:50

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - David Sneddon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, Guitar, Additional Keyboards, Additional Producer, AssociatedPerformer - James Bauer-Mein, Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Parker, ComposerLyricist - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Heath, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - The Nexus, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emilie Bauer-Mein, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

7
Dark Paradise
00:04:03

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Maria Vidal, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Devrim Karaoglu, Drums, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Warren, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Nowels, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dean Reid, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

8
Radio
00:03:34

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Parker, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

9
Carmen
00:04:08

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Additional Producer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Parker, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lenha Labelle, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

10
Million Dollar Man
00:03:51

Chris Braide, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

11
Summertime Sadness
00:04:25

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Devrim Karaoglu, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Warren, Guitar, Keyboards, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rick Nowels, Producer, Co-Producer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Elizabeth Grant, ComposerLyricist - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Heath, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Fuller, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

12
This Is What Makes Us Girls
00:04:00

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Irvin, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, Ambient Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Shux, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Larcombe, ComposerLyricist - Lana Del Rey, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tirpak, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Lana Del Rey

Album Description

Lana Del Rey is a femme fatale with a smoky voice, a languorous image, and a modeling contract. Not coincidentally, she didn't lack for attention leading up to the release of her Interscope debut, Born to Die. The hype began in mid-2011 with a stunning song and video for "Video Games," and it kept on rising, right up to her January 2012 performance on Saturday Night Live (making her the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia in 1998 to perform on SNL without an album available). Although it's easy to see the reasons why Del Rey got her contract, it's also easy to hear: her songwriting skills and her bewitching voice. "Video Games" is a beautiful song, calling to mind Fiona Apple and Anna Calvi as she recounts another variation on the age-old trope of female-as-sex-object. Her vacant, tired reading of the song rescues it from any hint of exploitation, making it a winner. Unfortunately, the only problem with Born to Die is a big one. There is a chasm that separates "Video Games" from the other material and performances on the album, which aims for exactly the same target -- sultry, sexy, wasted -- but with none of the same lyrical grace, emotional power, or sympathetic productions. Del Rey doesn't mind taking chances, varying her vocalizing and delivery, toying with her lines and reaching for cinematic flourishes ("he loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart," "Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice"), and even attempting to rap. But she's unable to consistently sell herself as a heartbreaker, and most of the songs here sound like cobbled retreads of "Video Games." An intriguing start, but Del Rey is going to have to hit the books if she wants to stay as successful as her career promised early on.
© John Bush /TiVo

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