Review: Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey

Lust for Life by Lana Del ReyI’ve always had some difficulty with Lana Del Rey. Across her albums, with some really minor tweaks, she’s stuck to the same sound – and while that was enchanting at the beginning, it got a bit tiresome towards the end. I could not slot Honeymoon into any of my segues, although I may have been too harsh with my review of that record. Lust for Life, her latest, mostly sticks with the formula, but with a few quite significant exceptions. One, the entry of collaborators. Two, especially in the second half, a surprisingly embrace of Americana – her work with Stevie Nicks and Sean Lennon actually work for how expand without intruding. Three, a less introspective approach to songwriting – Lust for Life utilizes Lana’s insistence on nostalgia to comment on the current state of affairs, which at least feels more substantial than Honeymoon. (The album art, 50s schlock verging on The Sound of Music memories, suggests as much.) But, ultimately, Lana will have to really move the needle forward. I have the urge to say “too little too late” on this record. Now it’s all clicked into place? It should have a long time ago, when she still had the attention of more people. [NB]3/5

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