Lana Del Ray

If you love Lana Del Ray, you’ll certainly be in paradise with this double dose of sun-bleached disenchantment. Much as British newcomer Emili Sande re-released a bumper version of her Our Version of Events to capitalise on her seemingly rocket-propelled rise to fame, so too Ms Del Ray’s Paradise edition of Born to Die offers up more of the same, but also a little bit more, with tracks retinkered here and there along with eight additional tracks exploring the familiar territory of bitter-sweet love, Americana, and lost highways.

Indeed there’s an explicit nod to the David Lynch influence in her cover of Blue Velvet. Then there’s a throwback to her Lizzie Grant incarnation with Yayo, the lushly erotic Cola, after which you will never be able to think of the popular soda in the same way again, dreamy Bel Air and Body Electric, in which she evokes the ghosts of Marilyn and Elvis. Paradise maintains that begiuling but slightly sinister James Ellroy starlet vibe with its loungey surface – just don’t pay too much attention lest you get sucked into the Lynchian universe.

To mark the new release, next year Del Rey will be Europe-bound with dates including Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Tempodrum in Berlin, and Olympia in Paris.


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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