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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the pop singer-songwriter was produced by Dan Auerbach and recorded live with a seven-piece band.
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West Coast
Down on the West coast, they got a sayin' "If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'" But you've got the music You've got the music in you,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 100
    The characters and artifacts that surround these songs feel artificial, like stock props, but the music that Del Rey pulls them through splits them open, shakes them to life.
  2. Jun 18, 2014
    86
    It's the very definition of a grower, and this record has something Born to Die never had: more reflection.
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    80
    Dan Auerbach’s production helps shape that drama, but he’s accurately interpreting her vision rather than directing Del Rey, who suddenly seems completely in control of her brand.
  4. Jun 16, 2014
    70
    Ultraviolence prioritizes mood over innovation, classicism over experimentalism, and is better for it.
  5. Aug 4, 2014
    70
    Underwhelming ending aside, it’s fair to say that Del Rey (and her collaborators) have more than risen to the challenge of keeping her a part of the pop culture conversation, for all the right reasons.
  6. Mojo
    Aug 20, 2014
    60
    While her David Lynch qualities remain, there's also something of the masochistic Lars Von Trier heroine in the resigned drowse of these songs. [Sep 2014, p.92]
  7. Jun 16, 2014
    30
    In her grand tradition of coining absurd descriptive phrases, Del Rey and Auerbach have christened all this "narco swing", an apt characterisation if only one assumes it's short for narcoleptic; it takes some doing to make sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll sound boring, but in her hands, the vices of hedonism scan as crushingly monotonous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 170
  1. AA2
    Jun 17, 2014
    10
    This album is one of those albums that are/must be considered a masterpiece (like Madonna's Like A Prayer). It's like a fairytale. Lana takesThis album is one of those albums that are/must be considered a masterpiece (like Madonna's Like A Prayer). It's like a fairytale. Lana takes us to a different time. The songs are emotional and beautifully composed with dark tunes -- "Lana Del Rey style". They are actual poems by Lana Del Rey turned into songs. Her voice is seductive and sad at the same time. Something about this album makes you feel like waking up after a good dream. During he day you'll ask yourself "was I dreaming or was it reality". Expand
  2. Jun 22, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A perfect album from Lana Del Rey, reflexive, calm, spiritual, hot as ice and cold as fire, the entire album takes us to Del Rey's world, the production from Dan Auerbach brings a different face to the album, it makes it even better than Lana's last albums: Born to Die and it's re-release: Paradise. Since the beginning of the record, the music attracts you and makes you go to the deep old and surf rock from the West Coast, traveling to the jazz air from the Brooklyn, after it takes us to the Latin-American inspired America and finally to the Florida, it makes you feel like you're listening to a new album every time, the highlights of the album are for sure the polemic, sad and depressive but at the same time with a lot of soul and love, the title song, Ultraviolence, a potential single, also Shades of Cool and Brooklyn Baby that are perfect opposites, West Coast ia a musical monster, perfect, universal and harmonic song. Also Pretty When You Cry, a lovely song about a man and the ambitious Money Power Glory, also don't forget the beautiful and soft Black Beauty from Deluxe Edition and the very cool Florida Kilos who sounds like a song that Lizzy Grant would have written and sung before she was Lana Del Rey. Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    É otimo esse album, som da guitarra e voz de Del Rey combinam perfeitamente. Eu gosto muito desse album, é sem duvidas um dos melhores deÉ otimo esse album, som da guitarra e voz de Del Rey combinam perfeitamente. Eu gosto muito desse album, é sem duvidas um dos melhores de 2014, musicas e encarte do album perfeitas Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    love it , she is simply awesome, if you want to buy an album to enjoy slowly, well produced with iconic songs and that will melt in your mindlove it , she is simply awesome, if you want to buy an album to enjoy slowly, well produced with iconic songs and that will melt in your mind then this is it. alos she is doing something quite diffeent to the rest so on that level i think she is really cool. Expand
  5. Jun 10, 2016
    9
    Um álbum minimalista. O que mais atrai em todo álbum é como ele soa. A forma minimalista e a produção com guitarras e baterias casaUm álbum minimalista. O que mais atrai em todo álbum é como ele soa. A forma minimalista e a produção com guitarras e baterias casa perfeitamente com a proposta do Ultraviolence. Lana sempre acerta em suas letras, porém o que chama a atenção são todos os arranjos perfeitamente elaborados. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    Upon first listen, Ultraviolence is a complete musical departure from her debut. Produced by Dan Aurebach of The Black Keys, Ultraviolence hasUpon first listen, Ultraviolence is a complete musical departure from her debut. Produced by Dan Aurebach of The Black Keys, Ultraviolence has replaced the bombastic string and melodramatic orchestral climaxes with understated, pulsing guitar riffs, echoing drums and various layers of Del Rey’s now totally confident and poised vocals. The album opener, ‘Cruel World’ sets the tone for the rest of the record; a slow burning song featuring purposely-imperfect vocals that forces the listener to experience the hurt and dystopian world that Del Rey does. This is nothing new – Born To Die provided the same offering – however the subdued tone of Ultraviolence is much more fitting with its oppressed and dark thematic nature.

    Elsewhere, lead single, ‘West Coast’ provides a relatively upbeat and gritty sound in comparison to the rest of the album, and ‘Money Power Glory’ showcases Del Rey’s unique and astounding vocal range. ‘F***** My Way To the Top’ demonstrates that – unlike Born To Die – less is more, with Del Rey’s silk-like vocals floating above a pulsing beat and faint guitar strums. ‘Old Money’ is the most Lana Del Rey song that Lana Del Rey has ever made; an absolutely stunning ode 1960s America with herself reminiscing the “sunset, small towns… red racing cars”, and ‘Flipside’, a slow-burning Western-influenced track which – had it been around during the 90s – would have been perfect for the epic yet tragic final scene of Thelma & Louise.

    The album is not without its flaws, however; Del Rey’s cover of ‘The Other Woman’ doesn’t fit whatsoever with the atmosphere the rest of the album has conjured up until that closing track, and provides an incredibly underwhelmed finish to an album that sounded well thought out. Some of the lyrics are questionable and grow irritating, such as Del Rey repeating "dope and diamonds" sixteen - yes, sixteen - times during 'Money Power Glory', and there are certain tracks that beg for more of a climax than they are given.

    Ultraviolence, then, is an overall winner; the stripped-back, low-key and understated burning progressions of the songs create an intense, unique and totally encapsulating experience. Whilst there are missteps, it is a massive step forward for an artist that is consistently panned for being a one-time act.
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  7. Jul 17, 2014
    0
    Finally got around to listening to this after hearing a couple songs on indie radio, Sirius XM, etc. I'm not getting what the fuss is about.Finally got around to listening to this after hearing a couple songs on indie radio, Sirius XM, etc. I'm not getting what the fuss is about. Then I read the user reviews on here, many of which don't jive at all with the relatively lukewarm reception to the left for Critics Reviews -- um, "Album of the year" or "favorite of all time," what does her label pay you to log on and give her a 10? Is that one of those work at home jobs I see advertised all the time in the comments sections of gossip sites? There's a reason this peaked immediately on Billboard and is quickly fall off the charts, it's just not that good. She's just not that good. And every time she opens her mouth, a la her latest Rolling Stone interview, she reminds us that she's a creation of others, and when she has to stand up and sing, on SNL for example, or speak for herself in Rolling Stone, she's just not that interesting or talented. Expand

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