Newsflash; Lana Del Rey is still boring. The songstress has just released her fourth major record label album and it’s become evident that she’s never going to release anything as epic as “Born To Die” or as melodramatic as “Ultraviolence”. But it doesn’t mean that she’s not going to try. “Honeymoon” was an absolute flop and soon after it’s release she re-entered the studio to start work on the next record which she teased would go back to her breakthrough sound. “Lust For Life” is the outcome and it’s nothing like “Born To Die”. The lead single “Love” showed a little glimmer of hope but that is as close as we get. The Weeknd introduces a slight groove to her melodic sound in the title track “Lust For Life” which is an instant favourite. But tracks like “Cherry”, “White Mustang”, “Coachella”, “God Bless America – And All The Beautiful Women In It”, “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing”, “Heroin”, “Change” and “Get Free” are forgettable and monotonous. And yes I did just name nearly every song on the album, that was no mistake. “In My Feelings” is the strongest track on the record behind the first two tracks and followed by the alright “13 Beaches”. She gets a bit savage on this song and actually shows some personality which is a change for her. “Who’s doper than this bitch? Who’s free-er than me? You wanna make the switch, be my guest, baby. I’m feeling all my fucking feelings”. She however takes it a step too far with the two A$AP Rocky collabs “Summer Bummer” and “Groupie Love”. The vibes from the songs are cringe worthy to say the least and had me instantly feeling second hand embarrassment. Her collaboration with Stevie Nicks was overly hyped and “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” sadly was a bit underwhelming. The vocal production was off putting and heard Nicks’ vocals compromised which should never be allowed to happen.
I really wanted to love this record. I wanted this to be her redemption record but it’s just not. It has a handful of moments but the majority of it is just a monotonous trainwreck. She needs to stop releasing records based on quantity and just needs to focus on quality. I would prefer 10 perfect tracks than 16 below average ones any day.