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The original and beguiling Lana Del Rey announces further UK dates for 2013

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Lana Del Rey releases the newly re-packaged double album, ‘Born To Die – The Paradise Edition’ this month (released on November 12th, 2012 in the UK and November 13th, 2012 in the US).

The album features all of Del Rey’s hit songs to date, including, ‘Video Games’, ‘National Anthem’ and ‘Blue Jeans’, as well as eight brand new tracks. New tracks include, ‘Blue Velvet’ (as featured on H&M‘s recent autumn/winter tv campaign), ‘Ride’ and ‘Bel Air’. Del Rey first released ‘Born To Die’, her debut studio album, in January 2012 and it has since become one of the best-selling albums of the year. The album has gone double platinum in the UK and Australia and triple platinum in France, selling a total of two million copies worldwide to date. ‘Born to Die’ is essentially a pop album that features elements and flavours of selected musical genres which Del Rey particularly identifies with, notably hip hop (‘Off To The Races’) and indie pop (‘National Anthem’).

Del Rey describes her sound as a combination of hollywood pop and sad core, referencing various aspects of pop culture, particularly 1950’s glamour and 1960’s Americana. Musically, she has stated that she draws influence from artists whom she deems to be the masters of their genre, including Elvis, Eminem, Britney Spears and Antony and the Johnsons.

I was originally drawn to Del Rey after hearing the track ‘Video Games’ and thinking that it was one of the most original and beguiling tracks of the past few years. I tend to fall under the spell of artists who are the whole package; admittedly, they might be part of an intimidating and well-oiled commercial machine, but I like the presence of a backstory, even if that backstory is implied. I like the idea that an artist has lived or is living a whole other life, quite separate from what we as listeners and viewers can see. This life might be glamourous, tragic or at times rather stepford, but it is never dull and it takes you to another place when you hear their voice and for that 3 or 4 minutes you can escape. In the case of Del Rey, I am often transported to 1950’s Nice, surrounded by bathing beauties and handsome gents on the Promenade Des Anglais, soaking up the rays before an elegant night of fine dining with the high society, all of whom would paint on smiles and drape themselves with gold and platinum to mask their inner torment and insecurities…escapology is a recurring theme in the music I listen to and clearly in my own imagination!

 

‘Video Games’ is my favourite Del Rey track and indeed one of my top five tracks of all time (well, if you can class 33 years as ‘all time’). The music video for the track was directed and edited by Del Rey and features video clips of skateboarders, cartoons, film clips and assorted paparazzi footage. The video is widely considered to be responsible for propelling Del Rey in to the mainstream and for building her formidable online fan base.

Del Rey released dates for a 2013 UK tour last week and due to demand has this week released a series of further dates, which are already selling out pretty much by the day. The only available dates which remain include:

O2 Academy Birmingham – May 13th, 2013

O2 Apollo Manchester – May 24th, 2013

Vicar Street Dublin – May 26th and May 27th, 2013

Tickets can be purchased via Del Rey’s official website at www.lanadelrey.com. I’ve managed to get hold of tickets to the O2 Apollo show in Manchester on the 24th and I can’t wait. I haven’t been this excited about a show since Damien Rice at the same venue in 2007, or perhaps Britney Spears at the O2 in 2009. Six months and counting.

 

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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November 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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