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Review: Born to Die – Paradise Edition

Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness*
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness* (Photo credit: ● Jary ●)

I’m such a noob sometimes. I always seem to be behind the trend, only catching on to *hot new* things once most people are already getting over them. But when I do find things that I like, I go all out. Case in point – Lana Del Rey. I am currently and officially obsessed. And maybe a teensy bit in love. And yes, I realise she’s been big for a while now, so what?

The first time I heard her beautiful voice was actually over a year ago, when I was visiting family back home – my younger sisters were driving me around and had her music playing. Yes that’s right; my sisters are trendier than me. Also, they don’t say trendy, so there’s that. Even my 7-year-old niece was a fan, singing along to ‘Summertime Sadness’ in the car. But I continued on, playing my own favourite artists, not stepping outside of my musical box.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and the stars started aligning – I was listening to the Joy the Baker podcast on my walk home one day and they mentioned her album, I thought – oh yeah, i like that Summertime Sadness song, I should look her up. I didn’t and then when we were driving around on the Gold Coast last weekend I heard the remix version of the song multiple times on the radio, so finally, finally I took the hint and looked her up this week – I still wasn’t sure if her style was my kind of music, but after listening to the preview on iTunes, I thought ‘what the heck’ – her Born to Die: The Paradise Edition album was only 10 bucks at my local music store, so what did I have to lose?

Oh my god, you guys. Ah-MAZE-ing. Amazing. I listened to the whole album while doing a mind-numbing job at work the other day, and I have been floating along on her wave ever since. I love how old school Hollywood she is, yet with these grungy gangster undertones. Her voice is like an angels, for reals and her music is captivating. I realised that I had actually heard a few of her songs before – Blue Jeans, Video Games and Radio – thanks to my sisters, I guess – and I am now a total fangirl. I feel almost haunted by her songs and lyrics, her style is like nothing I have heard before – although at times she has a Gwen Stefani sound, amiright? Each new song is like something out of a movie, yet honest and real at the same time.

Aside from the songs mentioned above, which you guys have all probably heard of and listened to before; my favourite song on this album has to be ‘Bel Air’ – so magical, angelic and dreamy:

She is absolutely stunning and extremely talented – I feel like this will be my Summer album this year because I can’t see myself getting sick of it anytime soon.

Who else is a LDR fan? Is that even a thing – LDR? And what other artists should I be checking out?


Review: Night Visions

You guys, I think I’ve found a new favourite band!! It’s not often I add a new band to my list of favourites. To be honest, I’ve been rocking out to the same albums for the past eight or nine years now. The Killers, Snow Patrol  and Eskimo Joe are my go-to bands of choice, with Temper Trap being the latest favourite to grace my ears, and that was in 2009/10.

But now they all have to step aside for a moment as I listen to Night Visions on repeat. In case you’re unaware, I’m of course talking about Imagine Dragons. After hearing and loving a couple of their tracks I decided to go ahead and buy their album. I don’t buy albums very often, but at $15.00 I figured it was worth the risk. Turned out not to be such a risk after all as it is amazing!

Imagine Dragons have what I consider to be a unique sound. However, in saying that, I can also totally hear similarities to my faves listed above. I would almost say they are like a wonderful mix of them all, but also so different……….if that makes sense?!

Every song on the album is fresh and semi-up beat, which I love. There is nothing better than being able to nod your head, tap your feet and shake what your mumma gave you to an entire album, and with these guys you totes can! So long as no-one is watching.

How gutted was I to learn they are going to be playing to a sold-out crowd in Melbourne next month?! Seriously, why am I the last to find out?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to these guys before, then I think you totally should.

This un-released song is one of their best:

I kind of love it when bands merge two songs into one. Happy listening!