Record Review: Lana Del Rey — Ultraviolence

Lizzie Grant's femme fatale persona is still boring

Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence
Interscope 

Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzie Grant, certainly isn’t the first artist to create a persona for herself. She might get the most shit for it, though. Part of the reason may be that her persona just isn’t that fascinating; a cartoon parody of a femme fatale. Maybe that’s the point: Ultraviolence is given grandiose, if gloomy, Bond-theme production (with help from the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), and Del Rey switches between singing with various inflections, from posh 1930s Hollywood to country yodel to Disney princess — oftentimes all within the same line. One wonders if she might be overcompensating for something. 

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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