Album Review: Lana Del Rey ‘Lust For Life’

Track By Track

Track 1: “Love” – This track has been out the longest of any of the released singles, and I still love it as much as I did the first time listening to it. This is one of those kinds of songs that you could never really get tired of. It’s been months, and I haven’t skipped it on my shuffle list yet. (Grade: 10.0/10)

Track 2: “Lust For Life” – Just like the previous track, this song remains one of the best songs I’ve heard from Lana. I still listen to it all the time, and I don’t have any plans on changing that. It’s only gotten better thanks to having the context of a full album around it. (Grade: 10.0/10)

Track 3: “13 Beaches” – ‘Beautifully tragic’ is the way that I would describe this song. It’s about the pain of not being able to let someone go, mainly because you still love them. Even though it’s hurting you more and more to keep holding on, you can’t bring yourself to cut the rope. You keep wanting more and something ‘real,’ but you haven’t gotten past your obstacles yet. This is definitely more of a ‘rainy day song’ as opposed to a ‘summer beach song.’ (Grade: 9.0/10)

Track 4: “Cherry” – The ‘bravery of love’ is the theme of this song. According to Lana, ‘real’ love makes you feel like you can take on the world and that you’re practically invincible. However, thanks to the expletives, she also hints that she might not like ‘falling to pieces’ as well as she might think she does. It’s the slight dichotomy that makes it even better. (Grade: 9.0/10)

Track 5: “White Mustang” – This song drops the vibes a little and tells the tale of a person that got in over their head with a man that was, more than likely, no good for them in the beginning. The ‘wild Mustang’ wasn’t about to come into the stable anytime soon, and the narrator had to learn that lesson the hard way. Obviously, it’s a well-produced song, but it’s not gonna jump to the front of my mind. (Grade: 8.0/10)

Track 6: “Summer Bummer” – I like this song but, compared to the other collaborations on Lust For Life, not as much of the others. It’s most certainly a song you can play whenever you want, but it’s not going to be my absolute first go-to out of all the tracks on this album. It’ll probably grow on me, but it’s definitely not assaulting my ears or anything like that. (Grade: 7.5/10)

Track 7: “Groupie Love” – I love it when Lana has different artists on her songs, and this song isn’t an exception. I’m not entirely sure whether the theme of the song is about a groupie’s fantasy life or if what she’s singing about is what’s actually happening. However, I’m going to go with the former and keep the more positive vibes of the album going. A$AP Rocky’ (Grade: 8.5/10)

Track 8: “In My Feelings” – There’s regret laced all through this song. She’s made another bad romantic choice, and there’s pretty much been far more bad than good. They’re just draining her dry, and she’s letting all of it out through the lyrics of this one. She’s emotional, and she’s taking a stand. She’s not gonna take it anymore, and it’d just be better if you stay out of her rampage’s way. (Grade: 8.5/10)

Track 9: “Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind” – This was one of those songs that took me a couple of listens to really like it and be willing to continually listen to it like the first two tracks. I’m sure we’d all love to have a ‘stairway to heaven’ and be able to ask the ‘higher power’ the questions we’ve always wanted the answers to. There’s certainly more layers to this song than I originally thought there were or would be. (Grade: 9.0/10)

Track 10: “God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It” – This is one of those songs you’ll want to have on repeat in the background as you go about doing whatever it is you have to do. It doesn’t jump out at me as one of the best songs on the album but by no means does that mean you should skip it. (Grade: 8.5/10)

Track 11: “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing” – This is the exact kind of song that everyone needs to hear. Even though the world is how the world is, things are going to be alright. As long as we keep hold of ourselves and work toward the greater good, there’s only positive outcomes possible. Simplistic in logic yet very effective and realistic at the same time. (Grade: 10.0/10)

Track 12: “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” – This song is a good song, but I’m not entirely sure on what the message of it is supposed to be. Is it that we worry over nothing and the most trivial things? Is it that we don’t have it as bad as we think we do or as other people do? I love the two ladies’ voices together on this song, but a little clarity would be much appreciated. (Grade: 8.0/10)

Track 13: “Tomorrow Never Came” – This is most definitely my favorite collaboration on this album. I love, love songs and this is one if I ever heard it. I get the feeling that this is alluding to something tragic happening to one or both of the characters. Hence the switching perspective on the verses and tomorrow ‘never coming.’ However, that potential reasoning isn’t going to stop me from enjoying this great song. (Grade: 9.5/10)

Track 14: “Heroin” – This one tells the story of her wanting to kick a heroin addiction. She hasn’t had the best life and has resorted to drugs as an escape. However, she’s starting to realize that this isn’t what she wants for herself and, by the end of the song, she’s starting on the road to recovery with the hopes that she can come back a much better person. If you look at it through that lens, it’s a more powerful song than you might initially think. (Grade: 9.0/10)

Track 15: “Change” – Change is inevitable for everyone, no matter how big or small it might be on the grand scale of things. It’s all about how you handle it. Are you going to break down and crumble? Or are you going to be ‘here for it’ and rise to the occasion? There’s most certainly varying undertones and possible allusions to current events, depending on how deep you want to look into it. (Grade: 9.5/10)

Track 16: “Get Free” – This was the perfect kind of track to end this album on. I couldn’t think of a better track to end it on. The song is about finding independence and living life the way you want to live it, not by the standards of how other people want you to live it. She’s ‘got free’ of her old life and is now moving on to greener pastures from here on out. I’m totally going to be along for the ride. (Grade: 10.0/10)

Final Grade: 9.0 / A- (This a great album from the beginning track to the end track. I knew that Lana would come back out of the gates swinging and she most definitely delivered. If this is somewhat of a ‘new era’ for herself and her music, I’m more than ready to jump on board for the ride and see where it takes me.)

What did you think about ‘Lust For Life’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

You can find it and buy it on Itunes.

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