Rock’s saddest diva has gotten darker in Ultraviolence. With references to money, power, glory, violence and scattered childhood memories, Lana Del Rey has replaced her trademark huskiness to more conventional pretty vocals to force you to engage with her persona before the content of her songs.
The album is shrouded in constant sadness and a romanticized sense of isolation and loss. It inches into the tragic artist territory with masochism, self-hatred, drugs and melancholy. But they’re songs that would make no sense if anyone else sang them.
Ultraviolence dares you not to like Lana Del Rey, but she still remains an irresistible pop music original.