- Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
CRITIC SCORE
59
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Rank: #835 / 928
USER SCORE
72
Based on
397 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
FACT Magazine

I can’t think of an album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that was this big and sounded this good.

80
NME

Although it’s not quite the perfect pop record ‘Video Games’ might have led us to wish for, ‘Born To Die’ still marks the arrival of a fresh – and refreshingly self-aware – sensibility in pop.

80
Sputnikmusic

The heights it reaches at its best still leave you wanting more. Born to Die is a brilliant album, but it's one that leaves room for a few improvements, and inspires confidence that they'll happen.

70
The 405

Forget what you used to think about Lana Del Rey, Born To Die provides more than anything you could ever expect from an internet sensation.

70
Drowned in Sound

Whole thing sounds like a poppy Bond soundtrack remixed for the clubs, although even her faster songs sound slow.

67
Beats Per Minute

There is a lot of room for Del Rey to grow if she wants to, as she already has a developed style for delivering her ideas and just needs a bit more to say.

60
musicOMH

There's just enough promise here to show that there is indeed talent beyond all the hype.

60
Spin

This record is not godawful. Nor is it great. But it's better than we deserve.

60
No Ripcord

Through it all, she credibly makes us see through her own lens, one that reflects an artist who’s so sure of herself she’ll bypass any critique brought upon her.

55
Pitchfork

Born to Die attempts to serve as Del Rey's own beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy, but there's no spark and nothing at stake.

50
Consequence of Sound

Listening to Born To Die is like watching a movie billed as a comedy and discovering that the only funny scenes are in the previews

40
PopMatters

A deeply, deeply flawed meditation on love, image, and fame in the 21st century, and a collection of ideas thrown at the wall to see what sticks.

25
A.V. Club

Shallow and overwrought, with periodic echoes of Ke$ha’s Valley Girl aloofness, the album lives down to the harshest preconceptions against pop music.

Jul 26, 2017*
BruhMan
83
It's Lana's soft whispery melancholic voice that grabs the listener's attention. Considering how much I liked the first half of the record I thought the other half was gonna include pure filler based on the critic score, but it really surprised me the way the album carried on throughout. I actually did end up really enjoying this record. I definitely prefer the more sad-dark tracks from her than the more upbeat songs, "Summertime Sadness" being the exception. For example "Off to ... read more
Mar 10, 2015
JustAReflektor
55
666 ppl died on spetember 11 2001. coincidence? no. it is nothing less than evidence of Lana del Rey's alligeince to the terrorists, etc *yawns for 10 hours* i should really get that checked out. yo guys seen American Sniper? god awful. god, awful. awful.

Goodbye to Language by Godard was much better
Jul 21, 2017
exception
75
Looking past the bland lyrical content, Born To Die was an extremely surprising listen for me. Lana's voice, while it is pretty whispery and drawn out, has some sort of appeal that I can't really pinpoint. I can listen to this album over and over, but it's still far from any pop masterpiece that I heard praises of back when it was released.

fav tracks: Born To Die, Summertime Sadness, Carmen
Apr 19, 2015
truerowance
59
A non-impressive poorly-produced debut album.
Aug 6, 2017
orengue
39
Lana del Rey shows that she was not ready for an album, she really needed to take her time and explore new things. But not this
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# 42 - Gigwise
# 45 - NME
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Track List
  1. Born to Die 
  2. Off to the Races 
  3. Blue Jeans 
  4. Video Games 
  5. Diet Mountain Dew 
  6. National Anthem 
  7. Dark Paradise 
  8. Radio 
  9. Carmen 
  10. Million Dollar Man 
  11. Summertime Sadness 
  12. This Is What Makes Us Girls


Added on: November 27, 2011