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Record Review: Lana Del Rey — Ultraviolence

Lizzie Grant's femme fatale persona is still boring

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Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence
Interscope 

Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzie Grant, certainly isn’t the first artist to create a persona for herself. She might get the most shit for it, though. Part of the reason may be that her persona just isn’t that fascinating; a cartoon parody of a femme fatale. Maybe that’s the point: Ultraviolence is given grandiose, if gloomy, Bond-theme production (with help from the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), and Del Rey switches between singing with various inflections, from posh 1930s Hollywood to country yodel to Disney princess — oftentimes all within the same line. One wonders if she might be overcompensating for something. 

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