Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Though it feels like we've know Lana Del Rey for forever it's only been a short five years since 'Video Games' ignited a furious debate about her persona. Along with Lady Gaga there's not been anyone else more talked about as a concept rather than a singer. Since that game changing debut there've been up and downs for the New York native, with a continuation of her debut on its follow-up Ultraviolent and then ambivalence around 2015's Honeymoon. It's around this fourth album that the music buying (or streaming) public either lose interest or dig in for the long haul.
Much of that depends on the quality of Lust For Life. We're happy to report that it's good. Very good in fact. The smiling face of Del Rey adorning the album artwork denotes a slightly lighter tone than she's previously displayed. Though titles like 'Summer Bummer' don't suggest a high-on-happy vibe it is here. Lead single 'Lust For Life' shows a perkier world view, while '13 Beaches', 'White Mustang' and 'Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind' are classic Del Rey. The selection of guest vocalists add to the depth and A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd bring some of their soul. There's more atmosphere, more feeling here than Honeymoon; a genuine return to form.