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Lust for Life
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Studio album by Lana Del Rey
Released July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
Studio
Length 71:56
Label
Producer
Lana Del Rey chronology
Honeymoon
(2015)
Lust for Life
(2017)
Singles from Lust for Life
  1. "Love"
    Released: February 18, 2017
  2. "Lust for Life"
    Released: April 19, 2017

Lust for Life is the fifth studio album and fourth major-label record by American singer Lana Del Rey, released on July 21, 2017.[1] The lead single, titled "Love", was released worldwide on February 18, 2017, and the album title was announced on March 29, 2017, through a trailer on Del Rey's official Vevo channel on YouTube.[2] The title track, which features Canadian singer The Weeknd, was released on April 19 as the second single,[3] the album also features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, Sean Lennon, and Playboi Carti.[4]

Background and release

Lana Del Rey first discussed the follow-up album to Honeymoon during an interview with NME magazine in December 2015. When asked where she would like to go with it and when it would be released, she replied by saying, "I do have early thoughts about what I'd like to do with it. My label, Interscope, is pretty flexible and open to my records coming out at any time, so I don't have that pressure. I'm just happy to be able to keep on making music I can stand behind. That's enough for me."[5] In February 2016, during Clive Davis's Pre-Grammy Gala, Del Rey told Billboard that her upcoming record would be a different direction from Honeymoon, while retaining the same aesthetic.[6]

On February 18, 2017, the album's lead single, "Love" was released, on April 18, in an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed, Del Rey confirmed a collaboration on the album with The Weeknd called "Lust for Life", and a collaboration with Sean Lennon called "Tomorrow Never Came".[7] She claimed to have worked with Max Martin for the title track, and was inspired by The Shangri-Las for the record's sound. A collaboration with Stevie Nicks entitled "Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems" was also confirmed to be featured on the album,[8][9] the second single, "Lust for Life", was released on April 19. The title of the album was announced on March 29, 2017, when Del Rey released a trailer for the album,[10] and the album's cover art was released by Del Rey on social media on April 11, 2017,[11] the album was released on July 21, 2017.[1]

Composition

Lust for Life features recurring trap rhythms, classic rock references, "sepia-toned" orchestral backings, and Del Rey singing with a "hip-hop affectation".[12] The Daily Telegraph stated that the album "lets a bit of light into the darkness of Del Rey's moody past works," noting that "there's a sense of heightened drama in punchy Phil Spector style sixties back beats and the way the heavy timpani criss-crosses with echoing digital trap beats, all swathed in a gauzy haze of Shangri Las style girl group harmonies."[13] The Guardian described the album's sound as "sleek contemporary-sounding soundscapes," and noted "Summer Bummer"'s "eerie production and futuristic melancholy sounding closer to a track from Frank Ocean's Blonde than her usual 50s and 60s enthralled shtick."[14] The A.V. Club praised its modern simplicity, noting that "its beats are subtle hip-hop twitches or electro-pop swells, with percussion redolent of faraway fireworks booms or mellifluous melodic washes."[15]

Promotion

Singles

In January 2017, the lead single from the record, "Love", was registered online on Harry Fox Agency under the alternate title, "Young in Love".[16] Fans began the speculate that the song would be featured on Del Rey's upcoming record, and on February 17, 2017, promotional posters for the "Love" music video directed by Rich Lee were put on display across Los Angeles.[17] Later that day, the song leaked online, forcing Del Rey to officially release the song earlier than she had expected, the song was officially released worldwide on February 18, and the music video on February 20.[18][19] "Love" debuted at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on Hot Rock Songs.[20][21] On April 19, BBC Radio 1 premiered Del Rey's new song, "Lust for Life" featuring singer The Weeknd,[22] the official audio was released to the iTunes Store and streaming services a few hours later as the second single from the album.[23]

On May 15, Del Rey released "Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind" as the album's first promotional single.[24] On July 12, she premiered the songs "Summer Bummer", featuring A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, and "Groupie Love", featuring A$AP Rocky, as the second and third promotional singles.[25]

Shows

On July 24, 2017, Del Rey had a one-off, exclusive concert at the Brixton Academy in London in promotion of Lust for Life.[26]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.1/10[27]
Metacritic 79/100[28]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[29]
The A.V. Club B[15]
Consequence of Sound B−[30]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[31]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[14]
The Independent 4/5 stars[32]
The New York Times 4/5 stars[33]
Pitchfork 7.7/10[34]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[35]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[36]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 79, based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28] Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph said the album is a "welcome throwback to the hip hop swagger that pushed through her fantastic 2012 debut Born To Die".[31] Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote a favorable review, saying the album "in rare moments, hints at a wink behind Ms. Del Rey's somber lullabies."[33] In a very positive review from GQ Magazine, Kevin Long wrote that "Like Lorde's Melodrama, Lust For Life is an accomplished piece of art, an antidote to the banal tunes permeating the charts and one of the best albums released this year so far."[37] Billboard named Lust for Life their album of the week, writing "In a 2017 pop game riddled with thirst, trend-hops and burn-outs, Lana Del Rey has earned a remarkable, singular consistency."[38] Writing for The Independent, Roison O'Connor wrote that "Lust For Life is more of an elaboration on her favourite subjects rather than a repetition, in fact, it's her most expansive album to date," concluding that "Del Rey is far more self-aware than she has been on her previous albums."[39] El Hunt of DIY wrote that Lust for Life is "a record that is prepared to be truly vulnerable, and is all the more impactf​ul for it."

Commercial performance

On July 25, 2017, Billboard reported that according to industry forecasters, the album could earn around 85,000 to 90,000 equivalent units in the week ending July 27, aiming for a number one debut on Billboard 200.[40]

In South Korea, the album debuted at number 57 on the Gaon Album Chart and at number 5 on the international version of the same chart.[41][42]

Track listing

Credits adapted from iTunes.[43]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Love"
4:32
2. "Lust for Life" (featuring The Weeknd)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Dean Reid
  • Martin[a]
4:24
3. "13 Beaches"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
  • Mighty Mike[a]
4:55
4. "Cherry"
  • Del Rey
  • Tim Larcombe
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Larcombe
  • Reid
  • Menzies[a]
3:00
5. "White Mustang"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
2:44
6. "Summer Bummer" (featuring ASAP Rocky and Playboi Carti)
4:20
7. "Groupie Love" (featuring ASAP Rocky)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Mayers
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
4:24
8. "In My Feelings"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
3:58
9. "Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
4:18
10. "God Bless America – and All the Beautiful Women in It"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
4:36
11. "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Reid
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
4:35
12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" (featuring Stevie Nicks)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
4:13
13. "Tomorrow Never Came" (featuring Sean Ono Lennon)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Ono Lennon
5:07
14. "Heroin"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
  • Mighty Mike[a]
5:55
15. "Change"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
5:21
16. "Get Free"
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Menzies
  • Reid
5:34
Total length: 71:56

Notes

Personnel

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[44]

  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, production (tracks 1–5, 7–16)
  • The Weeknd – vocals (track 2)
  • ASAP Rocky – vocals (tracks 6, 7)
  • Playboi Carti – vocals (track 6)
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals (track 12)
  • Sean Ono Lennon – vocals (track 12), production (track 13), shaker (track 13), timpani (track 13), electric upright bass (track 13), acoustic guitar (track 13), electric guitar (track 13), celesta (track 13), harpsichord (track 13), glass harmonica (track 13), Mongolian bells (track 13), Mellotron (track 13)
  • Rick Nowels – bass (tracks 1, 13, 15, 16), Mellotron (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15), vibraphone (tracks 1, 7), keyboards (tracks 1, 8, 16), synth pads (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 16), piano (tracks 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15), strings (tracks 3, 8), celesta (tracks 9, 15), organ (tracks 9, 12, 13, 14, 16), acoustic guitar (tracks 10, 11, 13), flute (tracks 10, 12), 808 bass (track 10), solina (track 12), synth bass (track 12), electric piano (track 14), choir (track 14)
  • Kieron Menzies – production (tracks 1–5, 7–12, 14–16), engineering (tracks 1–16), mixing (tracks 1–16), drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15), tape loops (tracks 2, 9, 10, 16), percussion (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16), keyboards (tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15), synth pads (track 2), strings (tracks 2, 4, 5), bass (track 3), synthesizer (tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 16), modem (track 3), piano (track 8)
  • Dean Reid – production (tracks 2–5, 7–12, 14, 16), engineering (tracks 1–14, 16), mixing (tracks 2-12, 14, 16), electric guitar (tracks 1, 14, 16), drums (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12), percussion (tracks 2, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16), bass guitar (tracks 2, 10), vocoder (tracks 2, 7), effects (tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14), guitar synthesizer (track 2), synth bass (tracks 3, 11, 14, 16), bass (tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), strings (tracks 4, 10, 11), synthesizer (tracks 5, 8, 9, 10, 11), flute (track 9), Mellotron (track 9), brass (track 10)
  • Zac Rae – synthesizer (tracks 2, 3, 7, 10, 16), strings (track 4), harpsichord (track 6), drums (tracks 7, 11), percussion (track 7), bass guitar (tracks 7, 11), electric guitar (track 7), piano (track 10), organ (tracks 11, 16), Mellotron (track 16), guitar (track 16)
  • Patrick Warren – harmonium (track 3), synthesizer (tracks 3, 12, 14), waterphone (track 3), tack piano (track 10), strings (tracks 10, 12), piano (tracks 13), organ (track 13), bassoon (track 14), flute (track 14)
  • Mighty Mike – additional production (track 3, 14), bongos (track 2), drums (tracks 3, 14, 16), percussion (tracks 3, 14, 16), keyboards (track 3), percussion (track 7)
  • David Levita – electric guitar (tracks 2, 7, 10, 12, 13, 16)
  • Trevor Yasuda – engineering (tracks 1–14, 16), keyboards (tracks 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16)
  • Aaron Sterling – live drums (tracks 7, 11, 16), tambourine (track 11), percussion (track 16)
  • Tim Larcombe – additional production (track 4), electric guitar (track 4), drums (track 4), Mellotron (track 4)
  • Metro Boomin – production (track 10), drums (track 10), percussion (10), synth bass (track 10)
  • Benny Blanco – production (track 1), mixing (track 1), drums (track 1), keyboards (track 1)
  • Max Martin – additional production (track 2), Juno bass (track 2)
  • Ali Payami – drum programming (track 2)
  • Dan Heath – orchestra overture (track 3)
  • David Palmer – synthesizer (track 10)
  • Sean Hurley – bass (track 12)
  • T-Minus – cello (track 6), synth (track 6)
  • Boi-1da – production (track 6), drums (track 6), bass (track 6)
  • Jahaan Sweet – production (track 6), piano (track 6)
  • Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr. – synthesizer (track 6)
  • Berkay Birecikli – percussion (track 7)
  • Hector Delgado – engineering (tracks 6, 7), effects (track 7)
  • Emile Haynie – production (track 1), mixing (track 1), drums (track 1), synthesizer (track 1)
  • Gary Ferguson – live drums (tracks 12, 14)
  • Chris Garcia – engineering (tracks 4, 5, 9, 16)
  • Jordan Stilwell – engineering (tracks 2, 3)
  • Matthew Cullen – engineering (track 13), mixing (track 13)
  • Adam Ayan – mastering (tracks 2–16)
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering (track 1)
  • Chuck Grant – photography
  • Neil Krug – photography
  • Mat Maitland – design
  • Markus Bagå – design

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[45] 28

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