Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #417 / 845
Year End Rank: #14
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Based on 679 ratings
2014 Ratings: #129
June 17, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Interscope / Label
Art Pop, Dream Pop, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound

Del Rey’s voice flourishes. Inside the album’s big, vintage swing, she sings herself into places that Born to Die, with its pop veneer, couldn’t touch.

100
Entertainment Weekly

The addition of producer Dan Auerbach enhances Ultra’s air of everyday menace, and finds Del Rey digging deeper. 

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Ultraviolence, a collection of mid-century ballads spiked with blues-rock, is a stunning accomplishment. Its eleven songs whimper and howl, soothe and taunt, hypnotize and thrill. 

90
Northern Transmissions

Del Rey’s work has depth as well as glamour, and the timeless quality of Ultraviolence suggests that her work will outlast many of her more gimmick-oriented contemporaries.

86
Sputnikmusic

It comes across as personal. It comes across as purely genuine. And most of all, it comes across as Lana fitting more snugly into this identity she's been carving out for herself.

80
DIY

It’s a strung out, tear-drenched collection, beginning epic with opener ‘Cruel World’ and only getting more dramatic as it progresses.

80
AllMusic

Ultraviolence asserts that as a songwriter, she has complete control of her craft, deciding on songs far less flashy or immediate but still uniquely captivating

80
PopMatters

Ultraviolence is a beautiful argument for her relevance and her potential longevity.

80
FACT Magazine

With Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey remains a singular figure in music, sounding (and addressing the idea of authenticity) like no one else.

80
Spin

In a career fraught with obsessions over the perfection-imperfection dichotomy, it turns out to be a blessing that she put pop and its various pressures on the backburner just to deliver some real summertime sadness. 

80
Billboard

She sings about drugs, cars, money, and the bad boys she's always falling for, and while there remains a sepia-toned mid-century flavor to many of these songs, LDR is no longer fronting like a thugged-out Bettie Davis.

80
The Guardian

For all the improvements on Born to Die, the problem with Ultraviolence remains the same: Lana Del Rey keeps repeating herself.

80
NOW Magazine

This time, her strangely aloof detachment works much better with her atmospheric ballads than it did on her debut.

71
Pitchfork

It’s entertainment, camp, and the ambiguity of it all, nurtured by the cool distance of Lana Del Rey’s image, is a huge part of the music’s appeal.

70
Drowned in Sound

As an album to invest in, feel sentimental about, or be genuinely thrilled by, Ultraviolence falls short. Take it simply as a sumptuously-presented pop record, though, and you have to wonder if you’ll hear a better one this year.

70
Exclaim!

Ultraviolence prioritizes mood over innovation, classicism over experimentalism, and is better for it.

70
musicOMH

It is musically defter and subtler than the previous album, if not entirely dissimilar in terms of atmosphere. The pace is slow, the colours are faded and the feeling of doomed romance hangs around the record like bequiffed ne’er-do-wells about a bowling alley.

70
Rolling Stone

Ultraviolence is a melancholy crawl through doomed romance, incorrigible addictions, blown American dreams.

70
No Ripcord

It’s a record that does an awful lot of things ‘wrong’ and is all the more beguiling for it.

70
Slant Magazine

Ultraviolence finds her stripping away much of the sonic, if not thematic, pretense...or at least substituting it with a new one.

70
FasterLouder

Del Rey sounds alone, which is apt because these are some lonely damn songs. She’s often sung about being stuck with absent, uncaring men and loving them anyway, and Ultraviolence doesn’t change that.

70
Clash

What comes through clearest is a coherency defined by the distinct reluctance to do much to unsettle a trajectory that’s taken Del Rey from complete unknown through blog-hyped ‘newcomer’ to legitimate pop superstar.

60
NME

The line between self-aware irony and tragically conforming to type is thin, though, her knowing winks getting stuck in a tangle of false eyelashes, and ultimately undermining what had the potential to be a powerful artistic statement. 

60
Mojo

The dynamic scarcely shifts ... but that’s the point: get this tangled up in blue, there’s no way out.

50
Under The Radar

Throughout Ultraviolence, there's a sense of musical haziness that rests in a safe zone that Del Rey either can't or won't escape from. The mid-tempo songs have elements of woozy European pop with a dose of baroque pop, yet at the same time aren't pop at all. 

50
Crack Magazine

On Born To Die, desolation was the subject matter, but on Ultraviolence it is the method. This record is stark, isolated and at times unnervingly frozen.

43
A.V. Club

The ultimate downfall of Ultraviolence, though, is that it fails to craft its own identity or forge its own creative vision.

30
The 405

It's perhaps her greatest failing that you're left with not an ounce of sympathy, or investment, in the seedy, gritty yarns she's so desperate to recount.

morningsbell
50
Annoying at times, sleep-inducing at other times. Sound's like I'm listening to a moody bitch on her periods if I'm to be mean about it.
lemuriams
70
NOT BAD! Her first album is very annoiyng, but this have something to won hear it.
exception
72
A lyrical and instrumental improvement from Born To Die, but Ultraviolence also shows how Lana relies on one sound to carry her throughout an album that was too long for it's own good. Two or three tracks should have been cut to slim down the project in order to make the album seem a little bit more varied than it actually is. Her songwriting is matured compared to how it was, but there are still some pretty stupid lines. And with the production, which I can understand why some would say ... read more
100
Maybe Lana Del Rey on her best. The organic instrumentals (most of them produced by The Black Keys' frontman, Dan Auerbach) reminds of her songs before the "indie-diva" status she gained with her successful debut album, Born to Die.
The producer said once "it's a sonic monster" wich describes major songs on this album such as the opening-track "Cruel World", "Ultraviolence" and "Fucked my Way up to The Top". On Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey leaves ... read more
thethirdverse
31
while most songs on ultraviolence drag on boringly for what seems like hours, it has its moments which are genuinely dark, poetic, and poignant (cruel world, west coast). ...but it's mostly just comprised of miserable crooning about being sad, being rich, (oh god, being rich must suck!), or whoring around to get money from rich men. like, we get it, you scammed a guy on craigslist once.

she uses too much reverb on top of almost every song here so the lyrics are barely audible, anyway, and i'm ... read more
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Track List

  1. Cruel World
  2. Ultraviolence
  3. Shades of Cool
  4. Brooklyn Baby
  5. West Coast
  6. Sad Girl
  7. Pretty When You Cry
  8. Money Power Glory
  9. Fucked My Way Up to the Top
  10. Old Money
  11. The Other Woman
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