Album
Born To Die
Critic Reviews
User Reviews
Artist
Lana Del Rey

Born To Die by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
CRITIC SCORE
57
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ranking: #660 / 708
USER SCORE
71
Based on
81 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.

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

50
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
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.

USER REVIEWS

69

This album proves that she is very talented and that she understands music. But something's still missing and she's just not there yet.

Best tracks: Off to the Races, Blue Jeans, Video Games

95

I honestly think that everyone missed the point of Born to Die. Its detractors found it to be a record of tacky lyrics and empty personality. Its worshipers lauded it as sexy in the way they would Rihanna. Both are wrong. Born to Die is a lush record inspired by 808s & Heartbreak as well as The Fame, as immersive as Channel Orange, as dark as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. BTD doesn't deserve the careless hate or the empty love. It deserves a second listen, at the very least.

100

Does exactly what it sets out to do. Flawed, but within it lies perfection. Plus, "Video Games" is actually flawless.

90

its the perfect pop album lacking only lyric wise nonetheless: sells a good concept and has apropriate vocals for its purpose. impecable production.

#659
Garbage
Not Your Kind of People
#661
Alberta Cross
Songs of Patience

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DETAILS

RELEASED: January 31, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Interscope
GENRE: Indie Pop
WEBSITE: www.lanadelrey.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 19 - FACT Magazine
# 42 - Gigwise
# 45 - NME
# 9 - Slant
# 45 - Spinner
# 11 - The Fly
# 17 - The Guardian
# 51 - Uncut
MISC LISTS
# 40 - Drowned in Sound
# 34 - Pitchfork Readers
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
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Added on: November 27, 2011