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When Lana Del Rey released the cover art for her latest album, which bears the name of her single ‘Lust for Life,’ she looked oddly happy, which struck me. Del Rey’s music always seemed nostalgic and sentimental for a glamorous past; and, after letting the single marinate for well over a week, I think it reflects more so on Del Rey’s own work than her own personal life.
Her voice retains its somewhat monotonous quality, sounding a bit like a bored child, with booming instrumentals in the background. The chorus’ melody is very simple and a tad melancholy, like a more modern interpretation of her single, ‘Young and Beautiful,’ that she released in 2014 for the Great Gatsby.
The lyrics are a bit more dull than I’d typically expect from Lana, who’s sung about everything from her past as an alcoholic teenager to make-believe scenarios. The chorus sounds lovely, but I’d expect more than just ‘take of all your clothes’ being repeated. The Weeknd’s choral line, in his own distinct tone, goes ‘they say only the good die young/that just ain’t right,’ which was equally dull. It doesn’t evoke the past depth and drama of her past singles.
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You can listen to the single above.