Lana Del Rey Gets Another Chance at Infamy with New Album 'Paradise'

Lana Del Rey

With Born to Die, Lana Del Rey’s first album (released January 2012), the singer created a persona of icy cool. With Paradise, her brand new Interscope label album to be released on November 13 – available as a stand alone or in special 2 CD packaging with Born to Die – she sweetens the pot and heats it to a boil.

In a month where Rhianna, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and Ke$ha all have new albums, none is as intriguing as Del Rey’s. To start, she’s had it pretty hard. Like a modern day Joan of Arc, Del Rey got burned at the stake before she had a chance to get her point across when she infamously debuted on Saturday Night Live. Maybe she was a wee bit flat, but certainly not enough to get taken down by Brian Williams who called it, “ of worst outings in SNL history.”

Rather than going through total meltdown and career immolation, Del Rey survived, playing triumphant shows across the globe, and selling into the millions with Born to Die, a languid first effort filled with spy-theme guitars, weirdly atmospheric hip-hop warmth and a summery sheen on songs such as "Diet Mountain Dew.”

Lana Del Rey's Paradise
Paradise heats up the proceedings with Del Rey sounding like a female Bryan Ferry on tracks like the sensual “Ride”, and her uniquely moody take on “Blue Velvet” that audiences may be familiar with from the currently running H+M commercial.

With Born to Die Lana Del Rey made one of my top ten albums of 2012. With Paradise, she’s scored a second spot on the list. Brava.

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 3:00 PM