Lana Del Rey
Lust for Life (Interscope Records)
The smoky-voiced songbird has returned from a two-year hiatus with her most expansive album to date, with 70 sprawling minutes and 16 genre-hopping tunes. Collaborators include sultry R&B crooner The Weeknd (pictured with Del Rey) on the gorgeous title track, Fleetwood Mac’s musical muse Stevie Nicks on “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems,” Sean Ono Lennon contributes to the mystical “Tomorrow Never Came” and rising hip-hopper A$AP Rocky on the album’s rousing centerpieces “Summer Bummer” and “Groupie Love.” While earlier pieces in her canon focused heavily on escaping everyday life and the misery of modern romance, Lust for Life brings a much-welcomed dose of optimism and cheer. Vocally, she’s never sounded better. Highlights here include the timely “When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing,” “White Mustang” and “Coachella – Woodstock in my Mind” (the kind of title only she could get away with). Simultaneously vulnerable and assured, Lust for Life is nothing short of a masterpiece. Join Lana’s seven million Twitter followers @lanadelrey.
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Last modified: August 8, 2018