ELLE reviews Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey’s new album

Lana Del Rey's critically acclaimed album Born to Die attracted fans ranging from Katy Perry to David Lynch and the singer's devotees will be keen to discover whether her new album, Ultraviolence, lives up to its the phenomenally high expectations.

With much the same sound, chances are, they'd vote that it does.

Released today, the album features Del Rey’s unmistakably saccharine vocals with a slightly a darker, grittier tone. A quick look at the track list confirms it, with titles including Cruel World and F***** My Way Up to the Top – baring a coy cynicism which is evident throughout.

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Brooklyn Baby and Ultraviolence present as dream-like fluttery pop, while other tracks such as Shades of Cool erupt into soaring waltzy choruses.

The album is undoubtedly carried by earlier-released single, West Coast, which was produced by The Black Keys’ lead singer Dan Auerbach and is all bluesy guitar riffs and whisper-soft verses.

If Born to Die was darkly glamorous, Ultraviolence is moodily arresting.

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See the video for West Coast below:

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