Paradise

EP by released in 2012
Paradise's tracklist:
Ride
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American
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Cola
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Body Electric
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Blue Velvet
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Gods And Monsters
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Yayo
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Bel Air
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Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)
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Blue Velvet (Lindstrom Remix)
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Paradise review

Under the patronage of Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey began her victorious march in 2011 with the song Video Games and same year had conquered quickly and confidently her own piece of audience. During 2012 a lot of musicians released two albums - Green Day, Macy Gray, Public Enemy. And probably Lana Del Rey, Elizabeth Grant of princely birth, decided to keep up with her peers and to the delight of fans presented 8-track sequel EP Paradise to the album Born To Die. The year began and ended with songs of Lana Del Rey. The very same Lizzie Grant became the only performer who, without realizing a single album, was invited to Saturday Night Live to perform, and this a kind of show where famous artists have to get in line. Yes, her performance has generated a flurry of criticism in the Internet - from bouts of jealousy to vocal and instrumental corrections. In any case, after this performance people were talking about Lana Del Rey a lot. During the release of her first album many of us had a chance to appreciate the power of her style, sophistication of her voice and melody of her music. In her songs Lana Del Rey brings to us the spirit of cabaret of 50-60s, framed in the tune with minimalist arrangements, sad, gloomy lyrics and melancholic, depressive mood that assaults us from time to time. The philosophy of her spiritual music suits almost everyone who had difficult moments in life. The album Paradise continues this philosophy which we are familiar with.

My Paradise

The album begins with Ride. Familiar piano tunes, light strings, prolonged, slow rhythm, and, of course, the elegant vocals of Lana Del Rey. It is a strong, powerful hit that can be compared with revolutionary Video Games by its effect. The main motives here are love, freedom and road. Road theme here is presented as a way to escape from all the problems - to go away, to get away, to relax and to dream. In this conversation, Elizabeth Grant tells us about her dreams, challenges, and song after song it creates a romantic atmosphere of the old cabaret. Track Cola makes its share in this atmosphere, which, despite of rather simple text, is an additional decoration of the interior shown to us in the mini-album Paradise. Most if not all the songs on the album are presented in the style of endless, dreamy ballad with an exceptional, memorable, deliberately indifferent, gruffish vocals of Miss Grant. It's like watching black and white movie, when the listener should add by his own hand all the colors, hereafter feelings. Among the surprises on the album one can find a cover of the hit of 50's called Blue Velvet, written in those distant times by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. While listening to this track there is no doubt that it was written specifically for Lana Del Rey as text, music and her voice lie in harmony with each other.

Nostalgia for the century gone

We should all thank Lana Del Rey as she provided the opportunity to immerse the listener in the atmosphere of retro-music that prevailed in the middle of the last century. And for the fact that she took a chance and brought to masses this unique sound. After listening to the album there is a sad feeling left that in those days everything was not like today, but somehow right and real. Real feelings, real music, real talents. So no one cares that all this is brought to us through a strange prism of indifferent, slightly hoarse voice and minimalist music, as long as it breaks through our stiffen shell of empty sound and meaningless texts. Sadness and melancholy - themes that do not shine with positive picture, but sung by Lana Del Rey, they seem sincere and true, and this is really something amongst the endless positive parties and continuous rocking of contemporary music. Lana Del Rey shows us the image of a woman - attractive, beautiful, weak and romantic. The image of the last century, which nowadays is completely forgotten by the weaker sex, brought up on selfish, pseudo-independent, feminist songs. This album is for those who still have energy to experience a real love and being sad for real. Well, for Lana Del Rey we wish to continue performing in this independent spirit and do not cave in to the pressure of the envious and not always justified criticism.

Artem Pronichev (26.11.2012)
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