Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:23:02 GMT | By Melody Oei

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Contralto Lana Del Rey sings stories about love, life and fate.

Lana Del Rey (© Universal Music Malaysia)

In a nutshell: This is American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey's second studio album since her first titled, "Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant." Yes, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, which she chose because it was "something that sounded beautiful coming off the tip of the tongue," Lana is actually Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

Why we like it: The contralto voice range paired with the moderately slow tempo piano chords and percussion results in a transportation of mind into a world of anguish, requited love and mystery - "Dark Paradise" and "Blue Jeans" perfect examples of this. Everyone appreciates an artist who writes their own songs and while the lyrics to the songs on this record seem to come from somewhere not exactly surficial, the songs themselves remain intriguing enough to captivate its listener.

Why we don't: We are aware of the fact that 12 tracks of slow and arguably droning vocals could put a person to sleep; that and what could also be heard as an overdose of pained love and life songs.

Verdict: You either love her or you don't; that or wait till you're in the mood for songs about daddy, love and glamour. We personally think it's worth a listen.

4 / 5 stars

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