Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' album review

By Krista Frost,
Author Rating: 
4.5 Stars

Lana Del Rey’s third album Ultraviolence is a hauntingly soul-touching album released on June 13, 2014, which debuted atop the music charts.

Del Rey began singing in her church choir when she was a child and learned how to play the guitar when she was 18. She and her friends played for each other and performed at bars and clubs in New York City.

Her timbre is low and she possesses a smoky, jazzy sound. She has been compared to Marilyn Monroe before and continues to sing low on her albums.
Ultraviolence shows off her deep, jazzy vocals and gives the audience a blues sound we haven’t heard from an artist in a while. This smooth album is easy to listen to, the songs practically melt together. “Brooklyn Baby” and “Ultraviolence” have been selected as singles for this album; however my ears favor “Old Money” as well as the latter single.

The album continues to display what Del Rey is known for, desire and sadness. Del Rey’s weepy blues poor into each song on the album, discussing abusive relationships, forbidden love and disappointment. Lana does not hide her battle with demons in this album, singing blues that chill to the bone.

The album is truly an emotion in itself, showcasing Del Rey’s honest words and battles that speak to listeners like an album never has before.

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