Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
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Universal acclaim- based on 349 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: 89 out of 102
  2. Negative: 12 out of 102
  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
    The 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. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    It's an album that does not have a very wide variety different songs. But lyrically is wonderful and rich.
    Lana could do something to the
    previous level, but with more mastery. It's a beautiful album and will undoubtedly still far, wait a Grammy nomination, and it deserves a lot. All involved are to be congratulated. Expand
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    Definitely one of the best album of 2014. This album has soul which is rare in the market. This album will make you feel nostalgic about the 70's. Good job lana!!! Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    " ULTRAVIOLENCE CD " BY POP SUPERSTAR LANA DEL REY IS A " VERY CLASSIC , STYLIST , AND MASTERFUL CD ". DEL REY HAS " GROWN AND CHANGED ALOT AS A POP ARTIST ON THIS CD ". ALTHOUGH ALOT OF THE MUSIC IS " TERMED BY MANY FANS AS DARK AND SLOW MOVING"-- IN A " FUNNY SAME SENSE THE MUSIC IS VERY " CLASSIC AND STYLIST "- ( AS IS DEL REY AS A SUPERIOR MUSIC ARTIST ). BEING A " HUGE DEL REY FAN I'M " VERY PROUD OF LANA DEL REY " IN " ULTRAVIOLENCE CD " DEL REY IS TAKING " GROWING ALOT AND TAKING HUGE STEPS TOWARDS BECOMING A " POP MUSIC ICON " !! Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    Ultraviolence, being the highly anticipated follow up to her 2012 album Born to Die, proves to be much stronger record - featuring improved vocals and lyrics and a different sound. Paying homage to 70s rock music, guitars are present with great use and the strings are beautiful - however, this album does not have the grand and bombastic sound the predecessor had, but instead of this hurting the album, it makes it feel less overproduced. Ultraviolence is a more consistent record, with most of the songs on the album ranging from good to great - the best being Black Beauty (a previously unreleased track), Old Money, Ultraviolence (the title track), Shades of Cool and West Coast. But unfortunately, there is only song on the album that personally feels like both a lyrical and a vocal embarrassment (Florida Kilos) - but besides that track alone, the album is an improvement over Born to Die - but the songs of Ultraviolence fail to live up to the par of the songs Video Games and Born to Die, but some of the songs get pretty close though. Fans will surely love this album, providing more of what they love and perhaps being them a bit more than that - but unfortunately, that can also be a bit of a flaw as well. Those hoping a change in lyrical content will be very disappointed because the songs, though good, are lyrically cliched, treading concepts that Lana has dealt with before - so before going into this album, expect more of the same. In comparison to Born to Die, Ultraviolence proves to be a stronger and a more consistent record, featuring plenty of great songs and a nice, less overproduced sound. But unfortunately, it treads familiar territory (which I am sure fans would not mind) and there is one atrocious song (Florida Kilos), but it is overall a better album than its predecessor and I would recommend it. 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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