Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 380 Ratings

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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. Positive: 96 out of 109
  2. Negative: 12 out of 109
  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 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
    Esse album da Lana é incrível,mais que uma obra de arte.
    Ultraviolence é o melhor album indie pop que já ouvi.
    Born To Die e Paradise são
    ótimos mas Ultraviolence veio pra provar que é o melhor trabalho da Lana. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    CHOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK DE MONSTRO MEU AMOR, ELA É ATIVA, É PASSIVA, MAS É LANA DEL RAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    Ultraviolence has done something music for the last twenty years has failed to do. Become a masterpiece in it's own sub-genre. Stripped back from the lush strings and heavy beats of Born To Die, Ultraviolence focuses on the dark, seedy underbelly of the West Coast, delivering vintage rock and roll drums to the back of the sound field and reverb drenched vocals and rhodes arrangements to the front.

    Lana has developed far more vocal confidence and hit the ground running on this second album. I have a feeling it will achieve Cult status in time and critical acclaim. The lyrical content is both sombre and playful, it is deliciously dark and the freedom in musicianship invokes a band feel reminiscent of the 70's.

    Ultraviolence is her best work yet.
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  6. Sep 27, 2014
    8
    Ultraviolence is, again, a musical chef-d'oeuvre. Lana has grown out of her pop sonorities to a more jazzy rock sound. She has kept the slowed, melancholic type that is her musical identity. Ultraviolence is about friends, love, drugs, loneliness, drugs again, money and fame. Lana has taken a risk when changing her style but we can still hear and feel her soul crying and praying for some kind of release. Much darker than Born to Die, Ultraviolence contains a re-adaptation of the unreleased song Methamphetamines, Old Money as well as the final version of Black Beauty, the demo having leaked months before. Florida Kilos is part of the highlights of the album, final track of the deluxe edition it is the only cheerful/dancing songon the album. Guns and Roses and Money, Power, Glory seem not worked enough, but the album in his whole is a must-have jewel. 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. 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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