As talented as she is controversial, sultry songstress Lana Del Rey is back with her third studio album “Ultraviolence”. While promoting the album last month, Del Rey came under fire for her comments in an interview when she romanticized the early deaths of artists like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, saying “I wish I was dead already.” While such comments may be a bit extreme, Del Rey delivers one of the strongest albums of the year with “Ultraviolence”, keeping in that same dark, romantic melancholy that fans have come to know and love while pushing herself as a artist as she deals with a common theme throughout the album of finding freedom as she struggles with vicious obsession. There is no hiding the fact that most of Del Rey’s work is heavily influenced by Nancy Sinatra.
The entire album pulls heavily from 60’s influence, much like her previous work, but Del Rey always gives it her own twist, this time guided by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced several tracks on the album. Lana’s seductive vocals blend effortlessly with an intricate soundscape songs on songs like title track “Ultraviolence” , “Cruel World” and “West Coast”. The songs drift in a melancholy fashion and offer a heavy and humid feel, much like the summer nights they were meant to be the soundtracks too. Pensive, somber tracks “Sad Girl”, “Old Money” and “Pretty When You Cry” show a different side vocally to Del Rey’s work. The songs feel very stripped down and showcases a different, raw vocal quality from Del Rey.
“Ultraviolence is now available for download via iTunes and for streaming via Spotify. Lana Del Rey is playing a series of arena and festivals shows throughout the summer and into the fall so check out her tour dates at her website.