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Our Music Year No. 32: Lana Del Rey, ‘Born to Die’

By From page B5 | February 01, 2013

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Title: “Born to Die”
Year: 2012
Format: Spotify
Grade: C

After an underwhelming 2011 turn on “Saturday Night Live,” Internet sensation Lana Del Rey’s second album arrived in 2012.

Much like her nationally televised debut, Del Rey and her low-register croon lose their mystique quickly.

Many of the songs are midtempo pop or rock love ballads that consist of predictable platitudes – “I will love you ’til the end of time,” “It’s all for you, everything I do,” “Do you think we’ll be in love forever?”

At nearly 50 minutes, her ideas are a rubber band stretched to the point of snapping. There’s nothing here as memorable as “Video Games.” The previously unreleased additions are catchy, but don’t feel especially inspired.

As her awkward SNL appearance demonstrated, everything about Del Rey so far seems like a pose. Both that live turn and “Born to Die” catch her stumbling on the runway.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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