Lustin’ For Lana: Lust For Life Album Review

Quick hit: Lana Del Rey and some friends (Stevie Nicks, whaaaat) hauntingly sing and rap about love, fruits (I’ll get to this later), drugs, and sex.  Play this whenever you want to have a good cry while you’re doing the nasty or just want to feel a little less crazy about being obsessed with that boy on Twitter you’ve never met.

Cop, Drop, or Stream:  I’m not a YUGE Lana fan, but would say stream. Cop if you stan for Lana.

Our 5 favorites:

  1. Summer Bummer (feat. A$Ap Rocky & Playboi Carti) | Produced by: Boi-1da & Jahaan Sweet
  2. Love |  Produced by: 
  3. In My Feelings | Produced by: Dean Reid, Kieron Menzies, Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels
  4. Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind | Produced by: Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels,Kieron Menzies & Dean Reid
  5. Cherry | Produced by Lana Del Rey, Tim Larcombe,Dean Reid & Rick Nowels

Disclaimer: We take 3 days minimum, in this case, like, a few weeks, listening to a project to allow it to fully digest. We aim to give you insightful and useful information, so we refrain from rushing.

Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life: The Review

Lana Del Rey gives us our fourth studio album in six years. Coming in at 16 tracks and just over an hour of listening time, we find Lana crooning over “loser” lovers that make her “cry while she’s cumming.” Lust for Life takes us back to Del Rey’s roots of nostalgic Hollywood and LA magic, complete with references to Topanga Canyon, Charles Manson, and Coachella – duh. The album serves major drowsy pop with sprinkles of trap-like nuances. In other words, this album is exactly what you would assume a Lana Del Rey album would sound like.

In the album’s opening track, Love, we find Lana making a correlation between today’s youth and a yearning for an idealized American past, a reoccurring theme in all of Lana’s discography: “Look at you kids with your vintage music/you’re part of the past, but now you’re the future.” Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind namedrops Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, while Heroin gives us mentions of Mötley Crüe and Charles Manson. One of my favorites from the album, Cherry, hits us right where it hurts: Darlin’/I fall to pieces when I’m with you/My cherries and wine, rosemary and thyme/And all of my peaches are ruined.”

The Guests

Guest appearances on the album are almost as pop heavy as the references used throughout it. Stevie Nicks, A$AP Rocky appearing twice (does this girl not have any more rapper friends?), The Weeknd, and the very amazing Sean Ono Lennon making a Beatles-esque cameo and racking a production credit via Tomorrow Never Came.  This is a must listen for anyone that loves the Beatles as Across The Universe is sampled *swooooon*.

Ultimately

If I could sum up this album in one word: feeeeeelings. From the gloomy synths and strings to Lana’s signature melancholy voice – this album feels a lot like you’ve simultaneously just realized you’re in a situationship with a boy that will never take you out of the “it’s casual, let’s just have fun” phase and that you’re completely crazy over him. So basically, it’s the perfect album for Twitter one-liners and crying in your room alone. Thanks, Lana.

Stream Lust For Life here:

 

 

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