Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2012 Ratings: #824 / 956
User Score
2012 Ratings: #220
January 31, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
Chamber Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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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.

WhatTheFunk
77
Much criticized for her too fast rise, her awful lives and her botoxed lips, the bad buzz of Lana Del Rey in 2012 was not deserved. The singer has probably been surpassed by her success, is this a valid reason for such a relentlessness? If you want to hate an artist who makes shit songs, take Pitbull. There is a dimension that the detractors/haters totally forget when they talk about Lana/Lizzy: when you put "Video Games" in a public place, you immediately have three or four people ... read more
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
morningsbell
84
This is the ultimate thot music judging by the lyrics... reminds me of a real life friend of mine lol. Lovely. I can feel a certain degree of irony in the lyrics, and if anything, it makes this album oh so more melancholy and intentionally bitchy, in a good way. This is the type of whining that I can appreciate.

Honestly, Lana + hip hop influences is a pleasant surprise for me.
MothaOfMotha12
94
this really isnt that bad, its actually an excellent album. i personally love lana del reys voice, its very relaxing because of how airy it is, and its very distinctive. this album is very consistent throughout its 49 minutes with very few duds. hope the rest of her discography is as good as this

best tracks, born to die, off to the races, blue jeans, video games, diet moutain dew, dark paradise, radio, carmen, million dollar man, summertime sadness, this is what makes us girls

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Kanye
70
Melodramatic campy dream pop, it is a bit inconsistent but i do enjoy this album quite a but. Lyrically it’s supposed to be dramatic but i can’t help but feel it gets grating at points. Blue Jeans, for example, was one of my favorite songs on the album mostly for the gorgeous hook. I listened to the lyrics a little bit closer and found it to be annoying and kinda gross in all honesty. Ignore some of the lyrics and you have a great chamber pop album with dream like vocal inflections
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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
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