Lana del Rey
Black Keys’ singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach really pushes pop singer Lana del Rey to explore a different sound on her latest album, which he produced. That much is apparent right from the start as the opening number “Cruel World” is a trippy number that features hushed vocals and a Middle Eastern melody. “Shades of Cool” features fluttering vocals and a nice string arrangement. With its twangy guitars and smoky vocals, the woozy “West Coast,” the disc’s first single, is the best track here as its dark and moody trip-hop textures recall Portishead and/or Tricky. Ultimately, the songs here put too much emphasis on atmosphere and not enough on hooks. But it’s still a step forward for the singer who describes herself as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra.”
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