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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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West Coast
Down on the West coast, they got a sayin' "If you're not drinkin', then you're not playin'" But you've got the music You've got the music in you,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    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 270
  1. Jan 14, 2016
    10
    Depois de certo tempo com preconceitos com esse álbum, finalmente decidi ouvi-lo e perceber oque eu tinha perdido. Lana del Rey e Dan são umaDepois de certo tempo com preconceitos com esse álbum, finalmente decidi ouvi-lo e perceber oque eu tinha perdido. Lana del Rey e Dan são uma ótima combinação, a melancolia natural de Lana del Rey continua desde seu debut sob novo nome porém com o rock psicodélico de Dan, oque poderia dar errado?
    Lana explora a guitarra em todo álbum, com toda a inspiração no hip hop e uma notável semelhança com AM do Arctic Monkeys na estética toda rock n' roll com direito á jaquetas e cigarros oque, notavelmente, Lana já tinha nos mostrado em Born To Die, mas desta vez mostrando talvez uma sonoridade mais "obscuras", impossível não se apaixonar por esse álbum, é uma pequena chama que realmente nunca se acaba.
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  2. 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
  3. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Amazing amazing amazingly beautiful. Mesmerizing. Work of art . Excellent job
  4. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    One of her best albums, with charming compositions and more use of her own genre without going to a rap base but a kind of indie dreampop one,One of her best albums, with charming compositions and more use of her own genre without going to a rap base but a kind of indie dreampop one, using the escense of a shading background of shattered memories and a the feeling of she's giving her own nature to the listener. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    Ultraviolence is an extremely cohesive and coherently themed album. The album flows along well in Lana Del Rey's self-described narco-swingUltraviolence is an extremely cohesive and coherently themed album. The album flows along well in Lana Del Rey's self-described narco-swing style of music, while her songs retain the darker topics that originated in Born To Die and Paradise. An extremely enjoyable album. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2014
    9
    This is, to a degree, a different kind of music than what we heard in her last studio album. Here, it's more diverse, though most of themThis is, to a degree, a different kind of music than what we heard in her last studio album. Here, it's more diverse, though most of them create the same atmosphere. The vocals are quite enchanting, thanks in no small part to Lana's voice, which is just as beautiful, sad, and eerie as it has always been.

    While these things contribute to making this the great album that it is, the lyrics are what truly elevate it. Full of melancholy, reflection, and nostalgia. An album about broken people, love, happiness, the America of decades ago, and the women who inhabited it.

    Perhaps my only problem with this album is how it - sometimes - felt repetitive.

    Deciding what my favorite tracks in this album are is a bit meaningless. There's too many of them. Besides, the album is best experienced as a whole. Also, try to get the deluxe edition; it has four bonus tracks, two of which are pretty great, and the other two are still worth it.

    I liked Born to Die when i heard it a year or two ago, and became very excited for her career and what she might have in store for us. With Dan Auerbach as producer, this album exceeded it's predecessor in more ways than one. I'm still as excited as i previously was, and i hope she gets to create more wonderful work.
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  7. Nov 17, 2021
    0
    um album mais calmo mas ao mesmo tempo ''ultraviolento'' em relação ao anterior, mas é bem agradavel e tem em sua grande maioria otimas musicas

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