Ultraviolence

Ultraviolence

Music CD - 2014
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Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] :, Interscope,, [2014]
Edition: Explicit version
Branch Call Number: CD 782.42166 DEL NVD
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
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1 audio disc : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

Ultraviolence is Lana Del Rey’s third album, following Born To Die and Paradise. This album keeps true to her nostalgic image but is a much darker take. It focuses on a dark path of drugs, summer flings, and rock’n’roll. If you listen to the songs in order you will start to see a picture painted kind of like a movie because of how well Lana has written the lyrics. Even if you have not experienced the things that this album talks about you will somehow find yourself connected to it. My personal favourite songs are Shades of Cool, Brooklyn Baby, Old money, and Pretty when you cry. Though this album is very angst filled it really is beautiful and I recommend it to anyone in the mood for something a little different than normal love songs. Rating: 5/5. - @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

I love this album! Some reviewers have criticized Lana Del Rey's delivery - but I think it gives her a world-weary, almost drunk feeling that goes with the content of her songs very well. The perfect album to listen to while reading a Gillian Flynn novel. (Also available for streaming on Hoopla.)

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Winjackar
May 29, 2015

I agree with michal

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1aa
May 27, 2015

These comments will be for all three of LDR's records, 'Born To Die' (=cd1), 'Paradise' (=cd2), and 'Ultraviolence' (=cd3), because I listened to them consecutively and in a relatively short span of time, and so perceived them in a sense as coherent collection, as one really long album.
Much of the songs are quite slow, with only a few exceptions. LDR's voice ranges from clear notes strongly sounded to mumbling moans and whimpering whines, sometimes all the same song. Many of the songs have a strong love-element to them: declaring, wanting to love, and wanting to be loved, usually expressed pensively or with forlornness, the lines themselves often ringing a false, and also especially naive (from one point of view, from another it could be considered open and honest).
Of the three, cd1 is the most pop-like, with some upbeat songs, some with a kind of rapping, but mostly rather expressing a disillusioned malaise at late-modern capitalism. I don't listen much to any pop music, but I can recall hearing the first, third, and fourth songs before; they were probably the ones that made it up the charts; I assert that the last two songs are rather good as well.
Cd2 is the most emotionally and rhythmically consistent, though its rather short, lasting only about half an hour. The song 'Blue Velvet' sounds like tipsy slurring at karaoke, but several of the others are touching, especially the first three and the last.
Cd3 is somewhat different in its sound: more guitars and real drums (with cymbals), and less electronic sound effects. Its tonal and thematic variety is greater than that of cd2, but a bit less than that of cd1. Much more swearing and obscenity on it as well, wailing against the Great Western Butterslide, I suppose. The themes include more about love, including a song ('Pretty When You Cry', if recall aright) which sounds like a mewling fifteen year old when it begins, both in words and singing style, but then develops and develops.
The songs generally tend to express a disenchanted ennui at early urban post-modern civilization, like a bird that has just had its nest blown away in storm lamenting its loss, repeatedly, and not building a new nest even though it is capable of doing so. Numerous pop-culture references and vulgarity, epitomized by the lines "My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola/ My eyes are wide as cherry pies" (from 'Cola' on cd2), pervade the records.

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smichal
Apr 11, 2015

what a letdown after born to die. Bring back the writers from last time! On this one she sounds like she's come out of dental surgery. down on the westht coatht

rocknrollphilip Nov 21, 2014

With each listen, yet another strange detail, be it lyrical or melodic, reveals itself. The girl group sensibility continues to be updated! Yea, Baby!

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deadbabydoll
Oct 20, 2014

A few good songs but listening to this album all at once may put you to sleep.

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mondiej
Aug 09, 2014

Absolutely horrendous.

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joeguy
Jul 12, 2014

Lana's unique. Every song on the album is great. I think she's singing about how relationships can be ultra-violent . Right now my favorite is 'Money Power Glory', the way it builds up to the ironic chorus. She is so beautiful (she looks like Deneuve in the 60s) and she's every bit as talented. I love the quality of her mezzo soprano with it's ability to sound like a contralto, due to her unique vocal stylizing.

IzabellaB Jun 16, 2014

i love lana so much<3 cant wait to here this ablum! hope its as good as born to die :)))

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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Coarse Language: "Parental Advisory"...need I say more? Also, one song is called "I F***ed My Way To the Top," so there's that.

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