Lana Del Rey’s latest is a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it’s got the same languid, stylish and lush sound we’ve come to expect from Del Rey, not to mention her breathy, slow-burn vocals that remain arresting. Those features are most evident on songs like “13 Beaches” and the title track, which both capture Del Rey’s rather unique and distinctive sound, weaving tapestries of beats with old-fashioned 1950s guitar rock and a detached-siren persona that’s served her well. However, the entire album is simply too long – at a full seventeen tracks, the songs start melding together and become indistinguishable from one another, and it’s easy to miss some terrific sounds and lyrics along the way. A judicious editing-down of about five songs or so would have made this one of Del Rey’s strongest albums, but as it is, it’s worth a shot but probably best enjoyed in starts and stops.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)