Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
You know what? I just love everything Lana Del Rey does, and Lust For Life is no different. I was nervous for this album due to her contention that it was the “light” side of the darkness of Born To Die. That, coupled with all the “feat.” guests, seemed like a recipe for disaster, but she pulled it off.
The featured guests work to create worthwhile interludes, bringing palettes of their own style to Del Rey’s world—but she’s still holding the brush and painting the strokes. And as for the “light” this album is supposed to represent…? It’s there for the openers (“Love” and “Lust For Life”) and adds a silver lining to tracks like “Coachella” and “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing,” but the gloom she mines for inspiration is still overwhelming present, despite these rays of light. Del Rey is still on the run from her demons, still aware of her penchant for self-destructive behavior, and still full of poetic flare.
Bottom line: 5/5
Burning Palms False Prophet
It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes False Prophet so amazing. Musically, False Prophet is reminiscent of early Cure (think Pornography) or Bauhaus or Siouxsie, but such comparisons always fail. That only gives you a sense of the music, not the full depth and breadth of the way the twangy guitars layer over driving bass lines and drums that pound with ritualistic timing, driving you into madness or euphoria.
The sometimes off-key tuning and blistering guitar solos further
build an underlying sense of unease that draws you in and hypnotizes
you. Eerie vocals dripping menace and supernatural danger display a wide
range of ability from Simone Stopford, who always evokes the right mood
at the right time, from rumbling threats to banshee wails of surprise.
She works with the music to build a soundtrack of fear that still leaves
enough dark corners to hide in while the terror passes.
Bottom line: 4/5
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