The first thing one notices is her extraordinary image, she has a strong presence that tells a story - and that's a big plus for everyone that's being put under a spotlight, you have to get a message across in the shortest amount of time possible.
For some reason, I can't help but feel that Lana fills a part of the music industry that's been missing. She has that cool, indie feel., yet she's just the right amount of commercial pop, I think there really hasn't been anyone quite like her up until now.
Yes, her marketing techniques have been criticized, her persona was questioned, but isn't everything fair these days? Truthfully all that did was create an unprecedented (?) hype surrounding a debut album.
Having listened to the album, I must admit I'm incredibly impressed. It's been on my playlist for quite a while - very addicting! "Born to Die" is probably one of the best debut albums I've heard in a long time, it's the perfect amount of range.
The songs fit Lana's persona perfectly and give a great first impression. Had she went for something with a wider range, it could have seemed messy, so ultimately I think it was a great choice to go for a more cohesive feel.
In terms of genre and melody, there are definitely some influences that stand out, some of which Lana admits to have drawn inspiration from. For me, there's a bit of Amy, a bit of Britney, a little bit of this and that in every tune, but it's by no means overpowering or distracting. The lyrics are also impressive and clever, I think they give depth and meaning to the tracks.
Ultimately, "Born to Die" is a great mix of original, catchy and powerful songs that will surely get you hooked!
Born to Die 4.5/5
Off to the Races 4/5
Blue Jeans 5/5
Video Games 4.5/5
Diet Mountain Dew 5/5
National Anthem 3.5/5
Dark Paradise 4.5/5
Million Dollar Man 3.5/5
Summertime Sadness 5/5
This Is What Makes Us Girls 5/5
Without You 4.5/5
Lucky Ones 4.5/5