First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

Lana Del Rey - 'Born To Die'

Glorious, pillowy violins with slowed heartbeat blip

Video: Lana Del Rey - ''Video Games' Represents Me'

LDR hasn’t tweeted much recently, maintaining radio silence as the noise around her reached cacophonous levels. Her second single suggests she knew there was no need to say anything, as the title track from her debut (out January 30) is a riposte that speaks for itself. That’s not to say it’s perfect: the lyrics are gently apocalyptic, but don’t fully commit to their titular fate, occasionally ringing trite as she begs, “Don’t make me sad/Don’t make me cry”. (The line about a guy who likes his girls “insane”, however, suggests ‘Video Games’ “I heard you like the bad girls” might have been a come-on rather than a scared half-question.)



But as with Azealia Banks’ smooth delivery, to an extent the words needn’t mean anything, carried instead by internal rhymes – “Oh, my heart it breaks/Every step that I take/But I’m hoping at the gates they’ll tell me that you’re mine” – that flow like a melted chocolate waterslide, buffeted by impeccable production. The whipping strings nod to Westerns and Gone With The Wind, the archetypal American signifiers Del Rey loves so much, and the pillowy violins, slowed heartbeat blip and patriotic chord progression are glorious. It’s not going to sway those still blathering about her being manufactured, but hey, they just lost their chance to get in on that Lana/hunk cuddle in the video.

Laura Snapes, Assistant Reviews Editor

To rate this track, log in to NME.COM

To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
More Lana Del Rey
Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read Reviews
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today