Critics weigh in on Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die'
January 30th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Critics weigh in on Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die'

It seems you either love Lana Del Rey or you love to hate her, and her album "Born To Die" - officially released tomorrow but having already leaked online - has brought out similarly mixed reviews.

Rolling Stone describes the 25-year-old as being " a starlet to music bloggers...but for the rest of us, she's just another aspiring singer who wasn't ready to make an album yet. Given her chic image, it's surprising how dull, dreary and pop-starved 'Born to Die' is."

The effort is "an impressive gambit," the Los Angeles Times says in its review, "that ultimately rings hollow because of a weak performance by the actor/singer Elizabeth Grant."

The Boston Globe picks up the thread, chiming in to say that "Born to Die" is "a staggering disappointment" that's "more of a sketch than a statement."

MTV, however, was willing to cut her some slack. "No matter how you view her, you've got to give Del Rey and her team credit for creating an album that fills the room and the headphones...It is a record that is positively brimming with atmospherics...all of which imbue it with a truly epic scope."

Adds the New York Times, "Ms. Del Rey has an idea about her presentation, which counts for something...but her singing still sounds like a road test. 'Born to Die' doesn't solve Ms. Del Rey's problems because it isn't aware of them; it's a multiple choice test with every answer scanned 'C.'"

If you've heard "Born to Die," what's your verdict? Either way, the singer has surely lived through the Internet's hype-turned-hate to babysit another day.

Del Rey told MTV that "people would be surprised to know that I live a really quiet life - a really normal life. I still have my same babysitting job."

When she's available, Del Rey says, "I babysit twice a week...It's just because it's something I've been doing for a while. But I have been traveling a lot." (Of her 10-year-old charge, she says, "He's very with it.")

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  1. Carley Storey

    Lana Del Rey continues to smolder. The "Born To Die" chanteuse just released a new music video in pre-release of a much anticipated double album, this one called "Bel Air" which has fans guessing at her latest inspirations. Alt-pop singer Sky Ferreira re-emerged at the end of 2012 with the Ghost EP to signal a new direction in her career. She teamed up with indie producers Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid on 'Everything is Embarrassing,' a gloomy dance ballad about love gone awry. 'Maybe your current products let me be your lover / Maybe if you tried then I would not bother,' she solemnly sings. Ferreira's echoed vocals soar over the song's celestial production, backed with hard-hitting drum machine and light piano. Embarrassment had never sounded so beautiful.....,;

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    May 24, 2013 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Millie Bea

    I've seen better ability and star power at high school talent shows. And drunks in kareoke bars.

    February 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ozzi

    Delray Lane is just a Paris Hilton wannabe.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mee

      no.. lana is just her... you dont know how her life is, so first know her life , write her name correctly and then judge her please(: i love lana

      March 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nola

    The arrangements are fresh, vocals hauntingly pretty, and lyrics that perfectly coincide.
    I think the future is bright for this one.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tom

    Never heard of her before I saw her on SNL...thought she was just awful. Couldn't sing worth a damn and was all slinking around and trying to look sultry. These days it seems all you need to get noticed is a good manager and the good genes to look 'hot'. Just look at the KarTRASHians as an example. Nothing there but empty heads and big butts.

    January 31, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jables19

    She is trying to hard to be Florence and the Machine but she just doesn;t have the vocal chops to do it. Also, the way she sings annoys me to death.

    January 31, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    Bruce Springsteen was Born To Run.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rex

    Another s*lut

    January 31, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. LAB

    @Richard Fore i would love to lick your a55

    January 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    It's Hipster Barbie, coming to a record store near you!

    January 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BGentry

    Personally I loved her songs and think they were well done. I think people seem to be drawn to easily processed beats to songs about screwing everything in sight at a club. It seems if she were more like Ke$ha everyone would just LOVE her.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Fore

    This album is bad, but she's hot so she can lick my balls.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • NJACK

      Is she hot? I think she is bizarre looking and seems fairly awkward.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Me

    Lana Del Ray wouldn't win a karaoke contest.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NJACK

    If anything maybe people are jealous of her dad's success. She has not had any that I am aware of, again except for the success her father purchased for her.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chrissie LDS


    January 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mormonator II

    Critics and trolls always have something negative to say. They are just jealous of our success. She should just ignore them.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tracie

    I would love to tongue punch her farrt box.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |

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