Album review – Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s latest album, her fifth, was released this summer and is one of those albums that I keep returning to.  So I obviously think it’s good.

It’s exactly what you’d expect from an LDR album, cinematic, noirish and soul-revealing.  The album kicks off with Love, which, for me, is the strongest track on the album and is redolent of those traits listed above.  Check it out and tell me you don’t agree.

The album continues in a similar vein, and the first half of the album appears to me to be the stronger one, with Lust for Life (featuring The Weeknd), 13 Beaches, White Mustang and Summer Bummer being notable tracks.  The second half is still strong, with songs like Coachella and God Bless America keeping the standard flying.  I’m just not keen on either of the tracks featuring Stevie Nicks or Sean Lennon.  They’re not bad tracks in and of themselves, I’d just prefer they weren’t on the album.  At around 72 minutes the album seems too long (despite our being in the post-CD era): Marvin Gayes’s What’s Going On is slightly shorter than half the length of this album.  Still, no one’s forcing you to listen to all of it on one go, for better or for worse.