Born to Die - Lana Del Rey
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. A delicious hybrid of Portishead and Nancy Sinatra.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    At times, notably in Born to Die's first half, it's a little too perfect, with songs meticulous to the point where they become sterile, but when it starts to find form, I can't think of an album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that was this big and sounded this good.
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    90
    It's brilliantly realised, thanks to Del Rey's extraordinary delivery, her ability to slip from deep-toned haughtiness to breathless ecstasy to velvety vamping – often in the same gorgeous melody.
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Tune out the background media noise and immerse yourself. [Mar 2012, p.94]
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Confirms her as the most compelling new pop star around: half doomed romantic, half mordant cynic, with a distinctively conflicted vision of how love, fame and America work. [Mar 2012, p.94]
  6. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Born To Die may ultimately prove too-blinkered a vision to fully appeal to the Sheeran-loving public in the long run, but Lana has certainly proved that she's not just here to play games.
  7. Although it's not quite the perfect pop record 'Video Games' might have led us to wish for, Born To Die still marks the arrival of a fresh--and refreshingly self-aware--sensibility in pop.
  8. Jan 30, 2012
    80
    What Born to Die isn't is the thing Lana Del Rey seems to think it is, which is a coruscating journey into the dark heart of a troubled soul... What it is, is beautifully turned pop music, which is more than enough.
  9. Jan 27, 2012
    80
    Born to Die is a brilliant album, but it's one that leaves room for a few improvements, and inspires confidence that they'll happen.
  10. Jan 27, 2012
    80
    Inevitably, 51 minutes of melodrama becomes draining. But it captures Del Rey's mystique perfectly.
  11. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    One of the more cohesive pop albums in recent memory.
  12. 70
    Whatever the circumstances have been in Lana's rise to fame, all that doesn't detract from the captivating quality of the songs on Born To Die.
  13. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    Stop analysing too far, and what you end up with is a genuine contender.
  14. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Born to Die has more hits than misses and more solidly strange fabulously femme fatale interludes than naff ones.
  15. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Whole thing sounds like a poppy Bond soundtrack remixed for the clubs, although even her faster songs sound slow.
  16. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Lynchian undercoat aside...it's basically just a good old massive pop album, which can be a scary thing in its own right: the air of soulless, monolithic power and the unseen presence of shadowy string-pullers etc.
  17. Sure, they may borderline on gimmick at times, but Born To Die has its own sound, and that is more than we can say about a lot of music that is presently being released.
  18. Feb 1, 2012
    64
    Highly listenable pop songs that defy easy answers. The persona has its moments too.
  19. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    So the question becomes, is Born to Die more good than bad, or vice versa? Let's err with the former, hype be damned.
  20. Feb 2, 2012
    60
    After that highpoint ["Video Games"] things head downhill quickly.
  21. Feb 1, 2012
    60
    It all sounds very immaturely polished.
  22. Jan 30, 2012
    60
    There's just enough promise here to show that there is indeed talent beyond all the hype.
  23. Jan 30, 2012
    60
    Lana Del Rey's partying is fuelled by a knowing sadness, and sung in that laconic, hypnotic voice, which ultimately saves this thoroughly dissolute, feminist nightmare of a record for the romantics among us.
  24. Jan 30, 2012
    60
    Even the terrible parts of Born to Die are just so lovable, which bodes well for the actually great parts.
  25. Jan 27, 2012
    60
    The worst thing about Born To Die is that even its great songs contain problems.
  26. 58
    All tabloid tawdriness aside, she unleashes some truly A-level songs. But 
its baffling failures drop Die to a middling, maddening C+.
  27. Jan 30, 2012
    55
    For all of its coos about love and devotion, it's the album equivalent of a faked orgasm-- a collection of torch songs with no fire.
  28. Feb 28, 2012
    50
    Spread over 12 songs, Del Rey becomes so ordinary, even bland, that no amount of little girl vocals or pouting can save her.
  29. 50
    Her debut is mediocre at best. At worst, it's as uninspired and repetitive as her internet commentators.
  30. Jan 30, 2012
    50
    There is a chasm that separates "Video Games" from the other material and performances on the album, which aims for exactly the same target--sultry, sexy, wasted--but with none of the same lyrical grace, emotional power, or sympathetic productions.
  31. Jan 27, 2012
    50
    After all the hub-bub of recent weeks, one of Lee's greatest songs sums up Del Rey's grand entrance: "Is That All There Is?"
  32. Feb 3, 2012
    40
    A deeply, deeply flawed meditation on love, image, and fame in the 21st century, and a collection of ideas thrown at the wall to see what sticks.
  33. Feb 2, 2012
    40
    Much of her music aims to capture elusive emotions, yet she ends up spelling them out with literal refrains, banal narratives and sexed-up histrionics that leave little to the imagination.
  34. Jan 30, 2012
    40
    Given her chic image, it's a surprise how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is.
  35. 40
    In song after song, she offers variants on the same theme, in infatuated erotic reveries of submission to bad-boy or sugar-daddy lovers with fast cars and lots of money.
  36. Feb 1, 2012
    25
    Shallow and overwrought, with periodic echoes of Ke$ha's Valley Girl aloofness, the album lives down to the harshest preconceptions against pop music.
  37. Feb 3, 2012
    0
    I have done my best to place the album, as a series of utterances, in its agony and vacuity.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 524 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 162
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    Having went and looked at many reviews by critics I am disgusted. Disgusted at the fact that none are really review the album. But in factHaving went and looked at many reviews by critics I am disgusted. Disgusted at the fact that none are really review the album. But in fact discussing Lana Del Rey (lips, one bad SNL performance, ext) Everything but the album itself really. This is one of the best and most cohesive albums I've heard in quite sometime. The similarity (if any) in some of the songs keeps the story of the album consistent. Songs on the album like "Carmen" "Lolita" "Dark Paradise" and "National Anthem" sound nothing alike. So I beg to differ with what some (Critics) have said thus Far. I'm glad that the buying public or those with sense have and are going to take time to give her a chance. Some have evaded what critics have said and went ahead previewed and then bought the album. Solely because they HEAR the music and not clouded with judgement of the artist. I wish Lana the best and hope more LISTEN to the album and understand it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    A Beautiful album, it is not great, but it has heart. If it were not for the stupidly high amount of hype, then people would actually stopA Beautiful album, it is not great, but it has heart. If it were not for the stupidly high amount of hype, then people would actually stop being so hateful and actually listen to the music. I, frankly think people should give her a chance, her music is excellent, each has its own story to tell... Like their own universe and you feel compelled to listen to the end, and it is a grower. Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    Awesome album, too bad the official critics looked for her personal life + her live in the SNL.
    She may not be ready to sing live, but in the
    Awesome album, too bad the official critics looked for her personal life + her live in the SNL.
    She may not be ready to sing live, but in the studio she's really good.
    The album give the image of a happy and sad love and life, but this contrast with her voice is what make the album almost perfect.
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