The power of her voice is too hard to avoid....
What you might not know is Del Rey's hesitance to work on a new album after the release of her last album 'Born to Die' in 2012. Why? because she had "already said everything [she] wanted to say." She didn't start working on this album until the beginning of 2013. As you can imagine, working on an album could takes a long time to put things together. It requires high standard of production and long hours clocking in the studio. Luckily, she met Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) last minute and spent an unplanned two weeks producing the full album. Ultraviolence was finally finished in February, 2014.
THE STORY ABOUT THE COMPOSITIONS
"Shades of Cool", was described by Consequence of Sound as "a slow and slightly gloomy ballad marked by reverberated guitars, slight atmospherics, and Del Rey's vocals that alternate between a hushed whisper and ephemeral wailing." The song consists of "a chiming guitar, slow-burn bass line, and swelling orchestra" which surround Del Rey's vocals.
Del Rey said that she wrote "Brooklyn Baby" with Lou Reed in mind. She was supposed to work with him and flew to New York City to meet him, but he passed away the day she arrived. He is referenced in the line "And my boyfriend’s in a band/ He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed". In the title track, "Ultraviolence", Del Rey directly references The Crystals' "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)" in the chorus, which she had also heard a rendition of by Hole
"West Coast" is a mid-tempo song with a pop and soft rock verse and a surf rock slow-tempo chorus.Musically, its composition is built around reggae drum fills, blues-influenced guitar riffs, and draws influences from indie rockmusic.
"Sad Girl" was written about being "the other woman" in an affair. Del Rey wrote "Money Power Glory" as a reaction to her rise to fame. About writing it, she says, "I was in more of a sardonic mood. Like, if all that I was actually going to be allowed to have by the media was money, loads of money, then fuck it... What I actually wanted was something quiet and simple: a writer's community and respect."
"Fucked My Way Up to the Top" was written about an undisclosed female singer who, at first, mocked her for her supposedly unauthentic style, but then "stole and copied it" and became successful with it. Asked about the meaning of the song, Del Rey said "It’s commentary, like, "I know what you think of me," and I’m alluding to that. You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying."
If you ever notice, Lana doesn't show up on any TV appearance to promo the album. It relies strictly on a few interviews in prints and word of mouth to spread the good words.
Watch Lana Del Rey's 'Blue Jeans' Live at Glastonbury Festival.