Paradise (LP)


Lana Del Rey

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Amoeba Review

11/12/2012

You might expect Lana Del Rey to release a new EP of material so closely to her debut album, Born to Die, and package it neatly with that album for the holidays. You might not expect that material to surpass much of what appears on Born to Die, but in fact it does, taking the best bits — the lush, string-laden production and Del Rey’s actual “gangster Nancy Sinatra” persona, rather than the roughed up Britney persona that dogged some of the album’s clunkers — and refining them. Paradise’s first song, “Ride,” is perhaps Del Rey’s best yet, a big ballad about “trying too hard” with a soaring chorus that makes you want to root for her after a year of critics tearing her down. “American” continues the narrative of “Video Games,” about a girl “playing house” while her bad boy rides around town flirting and getting into no good, laying into domestic desperation with perhaps fewer specifics than “Video Games,” but the dripping synths that match her weeping vocals at the chorus make for a masterful moment. “Cola” has been garnering early buzz for its lyrics — I won’t say here what Dey Rey claims tastes like Pepsi Cola, but you can guess away, though her lyrics about wearing diamonds on Skid Row are far more incendiary. Whether you think she’s daft or daring (perhaps a bit of both?), Del Rey proves she’s still as much fun to debate in late 2012 as she was earlier in the year — only this time, other than a throwaway schmaltzy cover of “Blue Velvet,” she’s as consistent to listen to, as well.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ride
Lana Del Rey 04:49
2.
American
Lana Del Rey 04:08
3.
Cola
Lana Del Rey 04:20
4.
Body Electric
Lana Del Rey 03:53


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
5.
Blue Velvet
Lana Del Rey 02:38
6.
Gods & Monsters
Lana Del Rey 03:57
7.
Yayo
Lana Del Rey 05:21
8.
Bel Air
Lana Del Rey 03:57

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