Lana Del Rey has been a very controversial figure this year. Her album ‘Born To Die’ was released at the beginning of the year to high acclaim. However, after Internet detectives dug up her failed attempt at super-sappy upbeat pop in Canada, people have called her fake and questioned her authenticity. Then she performed on Saturday Night Live and it was a total disaster. Her stock was dropping fast. However, almost as if to remind us of her talent she releases ‘Paradise,’ an eight song EP as a companion piece to her album. Take a listen to the single and lead-off track “Ride”:
Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”
Despite what you think of her as an authentic musician or a quality live singer, damn this woman crafts compelling works in the studio. Perhaps part of that is the lush beauty of the music track provided by virtuoso producer Rick Rubin. The song starts off slow with piano and faint waves of bass as she sings near the bottom of her register about traveling on the open road. Strings and a chorus of back-up Lanas join in on the chorus, creating a song that isn’t as catchy as previous singles “Video Games” or “Off to the Races” but still, it’s a fantastic song for a Saturday in December.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer