We haven’t really bothered you with the whole topic of LANA DEL REY in general this year. Kind of difficult since this young woman seems to be everywhere and all over the place. But as the year is about to end and the singer is about to re-release her successful debut Born To Die now we think it’s time to face her – not only for us, but also for everyone of you that hasn’t already listened really to her – because with her appeared a phenomena that splits up the people . It’s been a while now since she released Born To Die in January under her pseudonym LANA DEL REY. Her first single release Video Games in 2011 stroke like lightning and she already climbed the ladder of success more and more in the past months. So, the question arises, what is it with her that makes everyone crazy about her? As some of you may know, she and her music tried it once before, but it didn’t really work out.
Actually, her name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and LANA DEL REY is only one of her few alias. In 2010 she released the independent album Lana Del Ray a.k.a Lizzy Grant under her real name. Another album, Sirens, was recorded between 2005 and 2006 and leaked in May 2012 with her referring to as MAY JAILER. Under her several stage names she performed in clubs around New York City before she was discovered and signed by Stranger Records in 2011. All these pseudonyms show that she kind of struggled with finding herself. Before DEL REY began with music she was an alcohol addict at the age of fourteen, was sent to an boarding school to deal with it and returned at the age of eighteen and began to study metaphysics. These aspects are revealed a lot in her music.
DEL REY’s music sounds largely melancholic and yet more than beautiful. It reveals the deepest feelings inside you, because it is fricking sincere and downright. She sings about love and life, but mainly about the bad sides of these aspects – lovelorn, being addicted to drugs, sorrow, pain and loss. Issues that everyone of us knows and somehow experienced . At this point, we want to emphasize that we don’t think she is a depressive wreck, in contrary: we think that she is gorgeous. She isn’t afraid of pointing out and saying out loud the obvious. And god only knows how much of it is actually Elizabeth Grant and what part belongs to the whole concept of DEL REY. Although there are a lot of sad topics, she covers the happy ones as well. Some of LANA DEL REY’s songs are about the good sides of love – love that kind of consumes you. Furthermore she tells us about having fun and living every moment of life to its fullest. Her music is mainly influenced by the pop culture from the 50s and 60s of America. Del Rey herself labels her music as “Hollywood pop” and “sadcore”. Her ‘version’ of pop music is interesting anyway and differs from usual mainstream acts.
DEL REY has a wide vocal range. Her tone color reaches from high and bright tones to the very low ones. Unfortunately, these extremes divide the people who are experiencing her – either you’ll love or you’ll hate it. Same goes for the whole presentation of her. We personally think that this range that gets revealed in each of her songs is what makes her very unique. If you like her voice it is more than a pleasure to listen to it in her songs. It is like you get encased by some kind of DEL REY-haze.
All of these songs are written by herself and reflect the phases of life that she has been trough or is going through recently. The lyrics are straight and unvarnished. Lines like “My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola” may be offensive and just another reason why her person divides the audience.
After the success of Born To Die – it hit the top of charts in almost every country – she decided to re-release it with nine extra songs as Born To Die: The Paradise Edition. At the 12th of November The Paradise Edition will be available almost everywhere featuring new material that continues the already known musical direction.
The Paradise Edition contains eight songs of her own and a cover version of Blue Velvet from THE CLOVERS, which got covered a few times by several artists, most notably BOBBY VINTON and TONY BENNETT. It’s basicly a pretty simple result – if you’ve already fallen in love with the twelve songs from Born To Die it is very likely that the new material sticks up to your expectations. If you hated LANA DEL REY since she first appeared in the spotlight, than the Paradise Edition won’t change your mind. Maybe that’s the nature of good and interesting pop music – the ability split the masses. People continue talking about Lizzy Grant – no matter if it was all planned as part of the concept. And this might prove her right in the end after all.
LANA DEL REY
singer-songwriter / pop /sadcore
from New York, USA