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Lana del Rey: Ultraviolence Album Review


In June of 2014, Lana del Rey released an album of the name

Ultraviolence. This album is one of her third albums which one of her many

inspirations came from a passage from Vladmir Nabokov’s

Lolita novel. According to

the website quotes that “It could be that Burgess (an author from

A Clockwork Orange) could have been influenced by a passage from Nabokov’s novel where the

narrator examines the word ‘violence’ several times.” But, according to Lana, the album finds Lana

exploring the feeling of love and pain at the same time.

Watch what you say to me,

careful who your talking to,

I’m on fire, baby,

I’m on fire.”୨୧

According to Lana, she says that this makes her feel vicariously

important and powerful because of the high status of her man. In

National Anthem” there were several similar notions of this saying. The fire indicates

a self-destructive imagery meaning shes literally “burning” in his fire, or presence.

But, where did the albums name get its origin from?

The Ultraviolence title appeared way before recording, though she got some of her

inspiration from the novel said previously, Lana quoted that “I think the album was called

Ultraviolence’ before I even had the songs recorded.” She says to In the first week of

its release, it sold 182,000 copies giving Lana her first #1 on Billboard 200 Chart.

An emotional connection of sadness and aggression gave Lana another idea

on the album because she “liked the sound of the word ‘ultra’ and the word

‘violence’ together.” Lana says that “I like that two words can live

in one.”

Here is the Tracklist on Ultraviolence ୨୧

  1. “Cruel World”
  2. “Ultraviolence”
  3. “Shades of Cool”
  4. “Brooklyn Baby”
  5.  “West Coast”
  6. “Sad girl”
  7. “Pretty When You Cry”
  8. “Money Glory Power”
  9. “Old Money”
  10. “The Other Woman”
  11.  “Black Beauty”
  12. “Guns and Roses”
  13. “Florida Kilos”
  14. “Is This Happiness”
  15. “Flipside”

In my opinion, I personally think that “Ultraviolence, Sad Girl, 

Flordia Kilos, and The Other Woman” are the best songs because

they have a meaning behind all of them. For example, “The Other Woman”

which was a cover, strictly covers an example of being the other woman

in a relationship. Even Lana herself loves the song, which she shared her top spotifiy songs

to her fans on her birthday. The song being a cover from the iconic Nina Simone

gifted Lana the idea of tattooing her name above her previous tattoo quoting Billie Holiday, her other favorite singer.


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  • In the album, the raw emotion and anger she exudes contrasts wildly to the ‘damsel-in-distress’ persona of Born To Die
  • Her blind romanticism, unsubstantiated hope, and insensitivity to obvious red flags harkens back to her 2012 classic and gives her listeners a taste of the past. ୨୧


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Jaziah Hunt
Jaziah Hunt, Reporter
Jaziah Hunt is a first-year member of the Orange & Green Staff. A junior, Jaziah enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends.

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