Since the release of her groundbreaking breakthrough album 'Born To Die' back in 2012, Lana Del Rey has been the go-to artist for mood-driven and sometimes bleak ballads. Her tortured soul has been one of the calling cards of her career so far, but as she returns with album number five, 'Lust For Life', it is clear that has looked to brighten up her weary sound, offering a frame of mind we haven't heard from her before.
Now don't think that this is some kind of over-the-top glossy pop record as Lana's trademark production still runs thick throughout the release, but her voice certainly sounds more uplifting and even the lyrical content seem to resemble the thoughts and desires of someone in the honeymoon period of a new relationship. While her personal life isn't really up for debate here, it is clear that she is feeling like a different character these day, and singles like 'Love' and 'Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind' are proof of that.
But overall, Lana Del Rey is still delivering some of the best music today. She has hardly put a foot wrong over the last five years, and this new LP is no different. Strong and emotive from start to finish, 'Lust For Life' stands up as another milestone release for the frontwoman.