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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: 11 out of 129
  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
    This album show the world that she came to stay. "Born to die", the first one, is little less mature than this one, but, we can see clearlyThis album show the world that she came to stay. "Born to die", the first one, is little less mature than this one, but, we can see clearly that this album is strong, mature, beautiful and classy. It shows the world that she CAN DO IT! Execellent Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Full album. Lana shines on this album not only to be beautiful, somber. The evolution of vocal Born to Die for Paradise was great, but it gotFull album. Lana shines on this album not only to be beautiful, somber. The evolution of vocal Born to Die for Paradise was great, but it got to the point Ultraviolence. Her voice shines all the time, and the guitar makes radiant what she does best for the public, its beautiful compositions about their past loves. The album is lovely and without doubt the leaves away from everything the market has to offer today. Lana needs to be recognized for doing something different and quality to the market. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2014
    9
    Lana vërtetë e tejkalon atë në këtë album . Trading hop udhëtim / hip prodhimit me një shkëmb alternative të ndjehen të përzier me disa popLana vërtetë e tejkalon atë në këtë album . Trading hop udhëtim / hip prodhimit me një shkëmb alternative të ndjehen të përzier me disa pop ëndërr nga The Black Keys Dan Auerbach . Vocals Lana janë pasuruar edhe në të gjithë LP përbërë nga këngë të përhershme deri në 6 minuta . Unë do ta quaja " albumin e errët " të këtij Lana ndërsa qenë më të mirë të saj . Nëpërmjet këtyre vlerëson , Lana ende duhet të punojë për kah lirika e saj . Tracks si **** My Way To The Top dhe Sad Girl janë gjysmë të mirë dhe mund të ketë qenë hedhur larg për versionin luksoz . Gruaja tjetër është edhe një nga këngët më të mira të formuluara nga Lana , pasi ishte shkruar fillimisht për Nina Simone . Në përgjithësi , Ultraviolence mund të jetë një nga albumet më të mira të 2014

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  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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