Ultraviolence

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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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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: 12 out of 153
  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 18, 2014
    10
    My favourite album of 2014 so far! After Lana released West Coast it was obvious this album was going to be impressive but after hearing itMy favourite album of 2014 so far! After Lana released West Coast it was obvious this album was going to be impressive but after hearing it all,it's more than impressive, it's amazing!

    With ultraviolence Lana stays true to herself. She keeps that vintage/ jazzy sound that she has become famous for but develops on it. Lana has shown a much more darker side lyrically (Ultraviolence) and musically (Shades of Cool).

    Highlights:

    - West Coast, - Ultraviolence, - ****** my up to the top & - Money Power glory
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  3. Sep 18, 2015
    10
    this album is a true masterpiece, a big improvement since Born To Die, so proud of lana. "cruel world" "brooklyn baby" "florida kilos" andthis album is a true masterpiece, a big improvement since Born To Die, so proud of lana. "cruel world" "brooklyn baby" "florida kilos" and "old money" are truely amazing Expand
  4. 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
  5. May 11, 2015
    9
    It seems like is a very personal material for her, the alternative side is mixed with a very clever production that brings fresh rock sound,It seems like is a very personal material for her, the alternative side is mixed with a very clever production that brings fresh rock sound, it's really great to see her growing up as an artist and bring such a beautiful record she's a poet and this kinda dreamy tracks are magic and belong so well to each other in a very cohesive way.

    Highlights: West Coast, Brooklyn Baby, Ultraviolence (especial shotout to Flipside)
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  6. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    "Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' is more of a completed album than 'Born To Die', an album for which I felt was equally compelling as a new"Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' is more of a completed album than 'Born To Die', an album for which I felt was equally compelling as a new take on the pop genre but equally overly produced, this new album feels like a more personal biography of this sultry sexy singer's life. The tracks all feel thematic in sound but doesn't over crowd Del Rey's voice, over production, a frequent distraction in her debut album which shocked audiences when they heard a more different, more deeper voice whenever this pop star performed live. Lana Del Rey has a unique voice; this singer doesn't belt out her songs like the pop singers you see nowadays; she sings her highs beautifully like she does when she lays her hand on a cigarette, the light and free feeling one would get once the smoke is released from your lips. She sings her lows like she does when she's swaying her head, her hips and staring deep into your eyes with her pouty lips. Lana Del Rey's live performances at concerts are the real deal, this girl can sing, compared to her performances at open bars and quiet talk shows. Her tracks for 'Ultraviolence' are dark, unique, inspired and, most of all, filled with thematic elements making her whole album feel rich and authentic. She sings her tracks as if she sings to her live audiences at a concert; confident, assured and loved by all. My personal favorites are 'West Coast' (instead of building to an upbeat chorus, it takes a slow tempo turn making this track feel different), 'Shades of Cool' (James Bond, anybody?), 'Brooklyn Baby' (doleful sound, changes the tone of the album just a shade bit lighter), and the two tracks; 'Guns & Roses', 'Cruel World'. The one thing that I have with this album is the fact that her songs are so walloped in a deep dark world of the singer's depression (controlling men, being a mistress, waiting on love, long distance relationships, 'Drugs, Money & Glory), some tracks should be a bit more lively and perfectly timed like 'Brooklyn Baby' instead of delving into an enjoyable listen to sleep fest. Overall, Lana Del Rey at her ripest. Expand
  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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