Having recorded the main theme song for the 2014 movie Maleficent, rumours were at their height that Lana Del Rey was due to release a second album, despite claims she was giving up music altogether. But to our relief and delight, she has brought out a second incredible album. Since the first album, Born to Die, was so well received, there were thoughts about whether she could top that. Well, she has. Ultraviolence is a sensational album; carry on reading to find out more about some key tracks and future hits from this talented young lady!

‘Brooklyn Baby’, as well as being a great track, has an interesting back story. After reading more in depth about how the album was recorded, this song in particular had actually been written with Lou Reed in mind: he had wanted to work with Del Rey, so she’d flown over to New York to meet him. Then soon after she landed, he died. It gives a whole new meaning to the song and makes it even more hauntingly beautiful.

‘West Coast’, which was released earlier this year, is an unbelievably sexy song. It took a while to come up with a word that could define the mood throughout… And sexy just fits the bill. The lyrics are about being in love, mixing up mellow sleepy rhythms with her alluring voice, it brings you right into the dark and seductive atmosphere reflected throughout the song.

Another track to check out is ‘Old Money’; it has the potential to be a real tear jerker of a song featured in a film or a heart wrenching music video. It is quite emotionally heavy, and the lyrics are all about enjoying the richness of life, as well as the material things that get taken for granted in those moments. It’s almost as if Lana is much older than she is; for someone so young she has an interesting way of life and experienced so much in her love life already. Good and bad. Her songs make her come across as a more mature lady than someone in her late 20s, but also proves that you don’t need to be old to have already had a lot of life experience.

What is so intriguing about this young woman is that she is not a fan of the pop star celebrity lifestyle. Her creative, secluded persona makes her an even more intriguing individual, which is why her music is full of emotion and life stories; it’s the only time she lets the outside world see her for who she is. This album could all be filmed in black and white with a lot of smoking and Martinis, presented in a very film noir like style. It is definitely an album best heard in an intimate venue to truly appreciate the brilliance of the hard work and creativity gone into this sensational record.

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