By Ryann Casey
Lana is back at it again with the release of her latest album Lust For Life. The artist and pop culture icon’s fourth album came out on July 21st and is her third number 1 album to date. This record is where Lana Del Rey dream land meets the reveals of the real world.
Lust for Life is a musical collage of yesteryear that blends the plights and passions of past generations into moods and musings of modern times.
The queen of melodramatic pop expertly built hype for the record.The night before the album’s release, LDR hosted a small gathering where she previewed the new songs for fans, and hosted it on Instagram Live for all that regretfully couldn’t attend. Before the album came out Lana teased samples of the songs in selfie videos on social media and released a few single tracks as early as February and March.
This record is a more positive upswing for the moody artist. Lana has long alluded to the meaning of the album being directly influenced by the times in which we live. The mysterious singer offered insight into the meaning of the record and her current state of mind in exclusive interviews in outlets like Elle, Dazed and V Magazine.
This is Lana’s first record to feature guest artists, and the list is impressive to say the least. The killer collabs kick off with the title track Lust for Life, which features The Weekend. We got a taste of how perfect this pair is in the Weekends Stargirl Interlude, and Lust for Life was created in the same vein.
Summer Bummer, which Lana released before the album was out, features A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti. A$AP is also on Groupie Love. Towards the end of the album Beautiful People Beautiful Problems features the one and only Stevie Nicks, and Tomorrow Never Came features Sean Ono Lennon, son of legendary John Lennon. Modern rappers bring a new aged feel to the nostalgia ridden record while collaborations with long standing legends intensifies the multitude of references to artists of the past.Coachella-Woodstock in My Mind and In My Feelings are dreamy references to modern pop culture while God Bless America- And All The Beautiful Women In It is an ode to girl power and a light and catchy declaration of feminism. Overall this catchy record with hip hop influences stays true to the dreamy nostalgic world Lana has created while showing how her music and message are relevant to and reflective of the modern world.