Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
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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.
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. 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: 12 out of 118
  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 20, 2014
    10
    The album undoubtedly shows that Lana has authenticity yes, although not elevated to its fictitious name, but Elizabeth Grant. The lyrics areThe album undoubtedly shows that Lana has authenticity yes, although not elevated to its fictitious name, but Elizabeth Grant. The lyrics are beautiful and tells another part of the life of the singer. The tracks Ultraviolence cause you only travel in a different world. They sound alike as the most distinctive are the letters. Lana's vocals are muffled, and sync with the instrumentation is perfect. Dan A. undoubtedly produced one of the best albums of the year. Ultraviolence just shows how Lana evolved from Born to Die, and surely, makes us curious about the next job. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2015
    10
    Can't find the right words to describe this album because it's so **** good. It's amazing, really. You feel like floating in the sky in eachCan't find the right words to describe this album because it's so **** good. It's amazing, really. You feel like floating in the sky in each song. Just so good. THIS should be nominated to the Grammys, and even winning. Sad that it isn't. But still, the best alternative album of 2014. Expand
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    Lana is a great singer and knows what to do. When she spoke it would be something more obscure she was right, and I he did not believe sheLana is a great singer and knows what to do. When she spoke it would be something more obscure she was right, and I he did not believe she could, but it's there now. She promised and did something more obscure, worked and hypnotic. Her voice is amazing, even looking tired and failed. This was not an accident, because everything matches. The lyrics are wonderful and many personal, even critics always judging as not authentic. Could it be that she invents these love stories? Why if everything is really a scam, she is the best actress and author. For even in her videos she shows how many things actually happened. For me it is all true, and no one can judge it as a farce, come on appreciate what she does best: quality music. Such criticisms speak more on her personality than the music should be disregarded. Ultraviolence is a complete album, one of the best of the year! Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2014
    9
    Lana del rey outdoes herself making this remarkable album doing it catchy and enjoyable, nevertheless, is not an album try to raise theLana del rey outdoes herself making this remarkable album doing it catchy and enjoyable, nevertheless, is not an album try to raise the spirits, instead of that, the album invites you walking on the street or driving your car listening it. You will find out another registers in her which make the album pleasant with the atmosphere of the music and her beautiful voice. The first five songs are definitely a gift for your ears and the last two ones (old money and the other woman) Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2014
    8
    Born to Die was a bit of a hot-mess. Ultraviolnce on the other hand shows us, for the first time, who Lana Del Rey really is. This is a greatBorn to Die was a bit of a hot-mess. Ultraviolnce on the other hand shows us, for the first time, who Lana Del Rey really is. This is a great indie-esque record. All the songs sound like they belong together. It would have been better with at least one song as dramatic as Young & Beautiful, but other than that, it's a silent killer. Calm and slow, but very infectious and like-able.

    Highlights-
    Brooklyn Baby
    Old Money
    Money Power Glory
    **** My Way Up to the Top

    Lows-
    Not many, but Cruel World could have been better if it was more engaging. Black Beauty should have been on the standard edition, possibly taking the place of Sad Girl or The Other Woman.
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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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