Brooklyn Baby

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"Brooklyn Baby"
Lana Del Rey - Brooklyn Baby cover.jpg
Single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Ultraviolence
Released June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 5:52
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Barrie O'Neill
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
"Ultraviolence"
(2014)
"Brooklyn Baby"
(2014)
"Black Beauty"
(2014)
"Ultraviolence"
(2014)
"Brooklyn Baby"
(2014)
"Black Beauty"
(2014)

"Brooklyn Baby" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for her third studio album Ultraviolence (2014). It was written by Del Rey, and Barrie O'Neill, while production was handled by Dan Auerbach,[3] the song was released on June 8, 2014, by Polydor Records and Interscope Records, as the fourth single from Ultraviolence.[4]

Composition[edit]

Miriam Coleman of Rolling Stone described Del Rey's vocals as "breathy" and called the melody of the song "reminiscent of 1960s girl-group hits";[4] in the song, Del Rey pokes fun at and celebrates hipster subculture, referencing several cliches about them, Brooklyn, and Millennials.[5] Del Rey said that she wrote the song with Lou Reed in mind, she was supposed to work with him and flew to New York City to meet him, but he died the day she arrived.[6] He is referenced in the line "And my boyfriend's in a band/ He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed".[7]

Critical response[edit]

The song received critical acclaim. Miriam Coleman of Rolling Stone described it as a "dreamy song... with a breathy vocals and a melody before moving into Del Rey's typically languid, dreamy soundscape". Duncan Cooper of The Fader stated that "Brooklyn Baby" is the standout track of Ultraviolence, pointing out the "uncharacteristically self-assured gem", "Yeah, my boyfriend's pretty cool/ But he's not as cool as me.".[8] Sharan Shetty of Slate complimented the melody of the song, however disliked the lack of "big, chewy vocal hooks",[9] the song was placed at number twenty two on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Songs of 2014 list.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[11]
  1. "Brooklyn Baby" – 5:52

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultraviolence.[12]

Performance credits
Instruments
Technical and production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[14] 64
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[15] 32
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 60
Finland Download (Latauslista)[17] 6
France (SNEP)[18] 33
Italy (FIMI)[19] 50
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 87
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 19
Russian Digital Songs (Lenta)[22] 10
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 86
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[26] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[11] June 8, 2014 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Caitlin (June 10, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Releases New 'Ultraviolence' Single 'Brooklyn Baby' [LISTEN]". Music Times. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.axs.com/lana-del-rey-releases-brooklyn-baby-fourth-track-off-ultraviolence-alb-19018
  3. ^ "iTunes — Music — Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Miriam (June 8, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Pokes Fun at New York Hipsters in 'Brooklyn Baby'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jacobs, Matthe (June 9, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's 'Brooklyn Baby' Is An Ode To Hipsters". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jonze, Tim (June 12, 2014). "Lana Del Rey: 'I wish I was dead already'". The Guardian. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (June 8, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Drops 'Brooklyn Baby' For All Of Us Hipsters". MTV. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cooper, Duncan (June 4, 2014). "Cover Story: Lana Del Rey Is Anyone She Wants to Be". The Fader. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Shetty, Sharan (June 8, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's Latest Song, "Brooklyn Baby," Is a Lovely Ballad". Slate. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2014". December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Brooklyn Baby – Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ultraviolence (booklet). Lana Del Rey. London, United Kingdom; Santa Monica, California: Polydor Records, Interscope Records. 2014. 
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  16. ^ "Lana Del Rey – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Lana Del Rey. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Lana Del Rey: Brooklyn Baby" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  19. ^ "Top Digital - WK 23 (dal 2014-06-02 al 2014-06-08)". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  21. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  22. ^ ""Борода" во главе чартов российского iTunes". Lenta.ru (in Russian). Rambler Media Group. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby" Canciones Top 50.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  25. ^ "Archive Chart: 2014-06-28" UK Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Lana Del Rey - Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 

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