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Summer Hits 2017: Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” review

by Brisa Muscaglione, Features Editor

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Album Title: Lust for Life

Record label: Interscope Records

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Rating: 7.5/10

 

To be blunt, Lana Del Rey’s newest album, Lust for Life, is a stark departure from her earlier musical creations.

Being her third no. 1 album in the Billboard 200 charts, Del Rey has become accustomed to success. Prior to its release, the album was heavily promoted and anticipated on social media.

Surprisingly, the album strikes a more hopeful side of the artist’s heart compared to her more melancholic, introspective 2015 album, Honeymoon. The overriding theme of the album is celebrating life despite the hardships it presents, hence the album’s title, Lust for Life. Although the album emphasizes hope, Del Rey does add some political undertones, unlike anything she’s done before.

The song, “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems,” featuring Stevie Nicks, lead singer of the classic rock band, Fleetwood Mac, is the epitome of finding life’s happier times in a harsh, cruel world:

“Beautiful problems, God knows we’ve got them / But we gotta try / Every day and night.”

“When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing” shows off Del Rey’s mesmerizing vocals as she delves into the more political aspects of the album:

“Is it the end of America? / No, it’s only the beginning / If we hold on to hope / We’ll have a happy ending.”

Not forgetting about her roots, Lana is still looking for the thrill in her relationships. “White Mustang” reveals a summer of wasted romance:

“Summer’s meant for loving and leaving / I was such a fool for believing that you / Could change all the ways you’ve been living.”

Lust for Life is a collaborative effort that welcomes guest singers such as the aforementioned Stevie Nicks, but also The Weeknd, Sean Lennon and rapper A$AP Rocky. With contributions from such artists, combined with Del Rey’s immense lyrical abilities and her newfound optimistic spirit, Lust for Life fulfilled the expectations social media fans longed for.

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