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Born to Die

Lana Del Rey

Born to Die

Much anticipated debut from the NY pop singer-songwriter, teamed with a bunch of leading co-writers

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  1. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    The music – a delicious hybrid of Portishead and Nancy Sinatra – only serves as a backdrop to the emotional drama
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  2. 9.0 |   BBC

    It’s the most distinctive and assured debut since Glasvegas’ eponymous disc in 2008, and makes you desperate to see where she goes from here. Del Rey’s defenders can take a break: Born to Die does their job better than they could hope to
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  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    What Born to Die isn't is the thing Lana Del Rey seems to think it is, which is a coruscating journey into the dark heart of a troubled soul ... What it is, is beautifully turned pop music, which is more than enough
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  4. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Del Rey may be the pop-star equivalent of a teenage girl naïvely playing dress up in her grandmother's vintage clothing and singing into a hairbrush ... but that doesn't make Born to Die any less close to pop perfection
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  5. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Del Rey’s vocals add star quality, flitting between a smoky, sultry purr and playful high-pitched tease, thriving on the drama of her own innate contradictions
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Tune out the background media noise and immerse yourself. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An epic, sweeping beast with more than enough potential hit singles to go round and, in the end, you don't have to like the protagonist to enjoy a well told story
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    Marks the arrival of a fresh - and refreshingly self-aware - sensibility in pop
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  9. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Lana has certainly proved that she’s not just here to play games
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    She's half doomed romantic, half mordant cynic. Print edition only

  11. 7.0 |   AU Review

    Overall, this is a beautifully crafted, if limited, album
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  12. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Offers nothing more or less than 15 immaculately produced, well-delivered ballads
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  13. 7.0 |   Blurt

    Has more hits than misses and more solidly strange fabulously femme fatale interludes than naff ones
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  14. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The girl doesn’t know whether she wants to be a classic Hollywood glamourpuss or a modern pop star, so she’s doing both at once
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  15. 7.0 |   DIY

    She may not be the finished article just yet, but like the best pop stars it was us, not her, who needed to catch up
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  16. 6.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    There is a lot of room for Del Rey to grow if she wants to, as she already has a developed style for delivering her ideas and just needs a bit more to say
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  17. 6.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Unplug your modem and these expert pop songs still exist in a world they won’t change. But shutting them out for the sake of it is to deny highly listenable pop songs that defy easy answers
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  18. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    There's just enough promise here to show that there is indeed talent beyond all the hype
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  19. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Aside from her dark, vaguely insane sexuality, and an undertone of sucking malaise, Born To Die remains an aseptically unthreatening spin on Coney Island melancholia, containing not nearly enough cuckoos-in-the-nest and bloody knives in the sink
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  20. 6.0 |   Spin

    This record is not godawful. Nor is it great
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  21. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It fails to deliver on the promise of those early minor-opuses
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  22. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Born to Die is no disaster but it's no work of genius
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  23. 6.0 |   State

    Born to Die does not exactly deliver on the “Ghetto Nancy Sinatra” sound it touts. Yes, the title-track sweeps into the same cinemascope view as ‘Video Games’, ... but it’s a trick that cannot be sustained over the course of 15 tracks
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Her album takes the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" persona introduced last summer on "Video Games" and runs with it
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  25. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    More about soothing than stimulating
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  26. 6.0 |   Prefix

    These songs are most characterized by a deep, deep wallowing self-pity
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  27. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    She credibly makes us see through her own lens, one that reflects an artist who’s so sure of herself she’ll bypass any critique brought upon her
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  28. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    The question becomes, is Born to Die more good than bad, or vice versa? Let's err with the former, hype be damned
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  29. 6.0 |   FasterLouder

    While the record itself is almost lost in the haze of hype and backlash, its instrumentation backs up the tales of misery with a combination of melodramatic strings
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  30. 5.5 |   Pitchfork

    The album equivalent of a faked orgasm-- a collection of torch songs with no fire
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  31. 5.0 |   Bowlegs

    Falls short as a full-length record – a real shame, considering this young lady’s undoubted talent
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  32. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Listening to Born To Die is like watching a movie billed as a comedy and discovering that the only funny scenes are in the previews; in this case, the high-definition videos of Del Rey performing a pretty good song
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  33. 5.0 |   All Music

    There is a chasm that separates "Video Games" from the other material
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  34. 4.2 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Born to Die settles into a funereal march of overwrought dirges that make four minutes feel like twenty
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  35. 4.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A series of stories that slavishly reinforce the notion that a woman’s role is one of seduction, submission, or pliability
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  36. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Given her chic image, it’s a surprise how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is
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  37. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    A deeply, deeply flawed meditation on love, image, and fame in the 21st century, and a collection of ideas thrown at the wall to see what sticks
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  38. 4.0 |

    She is clearly the possessor of musical talent, but the majority of Born To Die isn't a good showcase for it
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  39. 2.5 |   A.V. Club

    The album lives down to the harshest preconceptions against pop music
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  40. 0.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The most unintentionally depressing thing I have listened to in a long time
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