Old Money (Lana Del Rey song)

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"Old Money"
Song by Lana Del Rey
from the album Ultraviolence
Released June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
Recorded The Bridge (Glendale, California)
Length 4:31
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Daniel Heath
  • Robbie Fitzsimmons
Producer(s) Daniel Heath
Ultraviolence track listing
"Fucked My Way Up to the Top"
(9)
"Old Money"
(10)
"The Other Woman"
(11)

"Old Money" is a song by American singer Lana Del Rey from her third studio album, Ultraviolence (2014). It was written by Del Rey, Robbie Fitzsimmons and producer Daniel Heath, the song has drawn comparisons to Nino Rota's "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet".[1][2] The song charted at number 190 in France.

Background and composition[edit]

"Old Money" is a ballad.[3] The song features simple production, which includes layered vocals, piano, and a string instrument ensemble. According to Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound, the song's lyrics see the singer taking the perspective of an older woman in Old Hollywood reminiscing over her romantic past as a young woman.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"Old Money" was met with widespread critical acclaim, with many critics praising Del Rey for her wistful vocal performance.[5][6] Victoria Sadler of Huffington Post UK spoke highly of the track, deeming the song a "beautiful, wistful and bittersweet song about lost youth", and said that the song "plucks at the heartstrings". Joe Goggins of Drowned in Sound opined that the song was a highlight of Ultraviolence. Goggins further commended Del Rey, by saying, "A sparse piano aside, it's the only backing she needs to deliver the closest thing Ultraviolence has to a 'Video Games'". Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound pondered whether the song was a The Great Gatsby reference, as Del Rey had provided vocals on the song "Young and Beautiful" for the aforementioned film's soundtrack. Geffen clarified that the song "sounds like it's sung through Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby's lost love whose story was only ever told by the men around her". Geffen praised Del Rey, stating, "In a way, Del Rey lends even more life to that character than Carey Mulligan did on camera", and closed her review by calling the track an "essential track" on Ultraviolence.[4]

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultraviolence, and the ACE Repertory via the ASCAP website.[7][8]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[9] 190

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petridis, Alexis (June 12, 2014). "Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence review – great songs about awful, boring people". The Guardian. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ Carlick, Stephen (June 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (June 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha (June 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sadler, Victoria (August 18, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence Is Dark, Yes, But Wonderfully So". Huffington Post UK. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wass, Mike (June 17, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence': Album Review". Idolator. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ Ultraviolence (booklet). Lana Del Rey. London, United Kingdom; Santa Monica, California: Polydor Records, Interscope Records. 2014. 
  8. ^ "OLD MONEY". ASCAP. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Old Money" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 5 November 2016.