Artist: Lana Del Rey
Produced by: Dan Auerbach, Lana Del Rey, Paul Epworth, Lee Foster, Daniel Heath, Greg Kurstin, Rick Nowels, Blake Stranathan
Released: June 13, 2014
To say I am in love with the Lana Del Rey narrative is an understatement. I don’t even know what I am about it. Ecstatic about it maybe? Buzzing, excited, a level less than obsessed but oh-so-incredibly interested. Tell me more.
But I can’t get enough!
And since I kind of already said my piece on Lana and voiced my overall approval of this album, it should be no surprise that this comes in no less than #5 on my list.
The beginning chiming guitars of “Cruel World” are like the beginning of a wild acid trip in the desert. The reverb on Lana’s voice is damn near perfect, knowing she’s speaking to you right there in your ear, but you’re so damn high everything seems so far even though it’s so near. And the track just pulls you in, right then and there. You’re being roped into a swimming pool-esque ocean of sound; Crystal clear and beautiful, full of promise and sensory potential.
You can see why this record turns me on.
Though sonically distant and seemingly impersonal, you feel connected to this music somehow. Though the words are not literally about you or your life or anything you’ve done, it somehow is about you; This is your story. And Lana is a part – Even though you’ve never met. But is it a memory? Or could it be for real?
In a way, Ultraviolence is like a box of chocolates, but not in a Forrest Gump kind of way; Every track is deliciously decadent and an experience in itself. You sure as hell know what you’re gonna get, but it’s the way that happens that gets you, that makes you close your eyes and throw your head back.
You almost feel guilty listening to the whole thing.
It’s a wonderful indulgence.