Born to Die

Born to Die

Music CD - 2012
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The American singer-songwriter broke through with her debut hit song Video Games, which was named best new track by Pitchfork. Her stage name is a combination of the late Hollywood actresses Lana Turner and Ford Del Rey.
Publisher: [U.K.] : Polydor, p2012
Branch Call Number: CD POP/ROCK DEL REY
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (CD) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

Still my favorite Lana Del Rey album. There are so few albums that I listen to start to finish, but this is definitely one!

The track "Video Games" was praised as one of the best songs of 2011. Listen to that track and more on Lana Del Rey's second studio album released in January 2012.

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Apr 24, 2020

My candidate for best living female singer/songwriter. And my favorite female singer of all time.

ArapahoeTina Jan 10, 2020

Still my favorite Lana Del Rey album. There are so few albums that I listen to start to finish, but this is definitely one!

Apr 05, 2018

Born to Die by Lana Del Rey is probably one of my favourite albums in the world. Lana Del Rey is an exceptional singer, and as I listen to some of her older songs, it is clear that her style of writing and singing has changed over time. Some of my favourite songs on Born to Die include: Carmen, Lolita, This is What Makes us Girls, Born to Die, and basically the rest of the album! Lana's vocals are incredible and even though people may think she has a dark or sad vibe, Born to Die was pretty upbeat. I do not think I could ever get sick of this hit album. I rate this album 5/5, mainly because I do not think there was anything to complain about. @Montgomery of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

EvaELPL Feb 27, 2017

The exact right mix of ethereal, nostalgic, and a little eerie to listen to while lounging around, ideally in a fancy silk robe.

mvkramer Dec 22, 2015

Great album! Lana Del Rey has a soulful voice and writes creepy, incisive lyrics. This album is also available for download through Hoopla.

May 27, 2015

These comments will be for all three of LDR's records, 'Born To Die' (=cd1), 'Paradise' (=cd2), and 'Ultraviolence' (=cd3), because I listened to them consecutively and in a relatively short span of time, and so perceived them in a sense as coherent collection, as one really long album.
Much of the songs are quite slow, with only a few exceptions. LDR's voice ranges from clear notes strongly sounded to mumbling moans and whimpering whines, sometimes all the same song. Many of the songs have a strong love-element to them: declaring, wanting to love, and wanting to be loved, usually expressed pensively or with forlornness, the lines themselves often ringing a false, and also especially naive (from one point of view, from another it could be considered open and honest).
Of the three, cd1 is the most pop-like, with some upbeat songs, some with a kind of rapping, but mostly rather expressing a disillusioned malaise at late-modern capitalism. I don't listen much to any pop music, but I can recall hearing the first, third, and fourth songs before; they were probably the ones that made it up the charts; I assert that the last two songs are rather good as well.
Cd2 is the most emotionally and rhythmically consistent, though its rather short, lasting only about half an hour. The song 'Blue Velvet' sounds like tipsy slurring at karaoke, but several of the others are touching, especially the first three and the last.
Cd3 is somewhat different in its sound: more guitars and real drums (with cymbals), and less electronic sound effects. Its tonal and thematic variety is greater than that of cd2, but a bit less than that of cd1. Much more swearing and obscenity on it as well, wailing against the Great Western Butterslide, I suppose. The themes include more about love, including a song ('Pretty When You Cry', if recall aright) which sounds like a mewling fifteen year old when it begins, both in words and singing style, but then develops and develops.
The songs generally tend to express a disenchanted ennui at early urban post-modern civilization, like a bird that has just had its nest blown away in storm lamenting its loss, repeatedly, and not building a new nest even though it is capable of doing so. Numerous pop-culture references and vulgarity, epitomized by the lines "My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola/ My eyes are wide as cherry pies" (from 'Cola' on cd2), pervade the records.

rocknrollphilip Oct 14, 2014

The "Girl Group" sound has never died; it continues to be reinterpreted/updated. I dig this album.

Sep 19, 2014

I like her voice and the sound of some of the songs.. but the lyrics are kind of creepy.

Jun 22, 2014

Talk about overrated.

d2013 Mar 26, 2014

Great singer!

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