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When I first heard Lana Del Rey's music, I was fourteen years old, a freshman in high school. In those days, I was underdeveloped physically, mentally, and emotionally. My primary focuses were school, boys, and video games. The first song of hers that I listened to was Born to Die. I was intrigued by the range of her voice and the way her lyrics resonated with me. This kept me listening through all her future albums, good and bad.
Early on July 21st, and I mean two in the morning early, I listened to Lust for Life on Spotify. I had already heard the singles she released prior to the albums. As much as I wanted to skip the songs I had already heard and go for the ones that I'd yet to hear, I made myself listen to them all in order. I did this in hopes of finding the cohesive spirit of the album.
Her first song on the record, and the first single released, Love, was one of my favorites. I admired the happy tone of the song. Lana's past music has not been the most hopeful type as we all know. My favorite line from this song is "Seen so much, you could get the blues, but / That don't mean that you should abuse it." To me, this was a reminder that even though the reality of the world can be discouraging, and it's acceptable to feel sad about it, you should not find too much comfort in that sadness.
Another favorite of mine is 13 Beaches. I am a sucker for Lana's melancholy style, so this one is close to my heart. I feel this is a standard Lana song and is the style we all have grown to love. Well, I have anyway.
I have a love/hate relationship with the song Cherry. The chorus is excellent, yet the utterances of "bitch" and "fuck" sort of took me out of the trance the melodies had held me in. It sounded very Britney to me, and with Britney as one of Lana's inspirations, I'm not surprised. The more I listen to the song, I see where they fit in, at least sonically. It has grown on me the more I listened to it.
Next, I absolutely LOVE In My Feelings. This song is something I've been waiting for from Lana. A tune about rejecting mistreatment. In several of her previous songs, she portrayed a submissive woman who accepted whatever the man in her life put her way. In this song, she actually expresses anger at her man's cheating rather than unconditional love. Yes, Lana, don't accept less than what you deserve!
The album contains many references to revolutionary events in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Woodstock (Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind), and the world wars(When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing). She even included features such as Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon, both who have their ties to those time periods. Also, am I the only one shocked at how much Lennon sounded like John?
This album is a nostalgic awareness of the power of youth. The power that each of us holds in our own lives and in the world we occupy. Perseverance, hope, personal power, and happiness are the themes of this record. This is one of her more positive albums, as well as her most political album, with several lyrics referencing concern for the state of the world.
I know I'm not the only one who was hoping for a Marina Diamandis feature on this album, but who knows? Marina may include an LDR feature on her next album.