Lana Del Rey’s follow-up to her breakthrough debut “Born to Die” is every bit as bold and unique as her first effort, for completely different reasons this time. Gone is the purposely detached hyper-stylized retro-50s-mixed-with-hip-hop of “Die,” replaced here by a touching sadness. There are less radio-ready tracks, as each song seems to slowly meld into one another, defined by Del Rey’s inscrutable je-ne-sais-quoi, and listeners are ushered along a series of deep slow grooves. However, the real star of the show here is Del Rey’s voice, which sounds both modern and traditional, both young and old at the same time, and is complimented by obtuse but fascinating lyrics.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)