Song: “Off to the Races”
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Born to Die
This song is the second track off of breakout singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey’s first major label release Born to Die. Off to the Races is a dark and seductive track; the lyrics are half-rapped with beautiful harmonies and the swagger of a lady Jay-Z. She has been described as a “self-styled gangster Nancy Sinatra,” which is really apparent on this track.
Lana’s delivery is sassy and powerful, complimented by haunting strings and an echoing crowd sample in the background. The lyrics seem to be reflective of the 1955 Vladmir Nabokov book “Lolita”.
Meghan Bender | Senior Writer