With a lengthy track list of 16 songs, Del Rey’s dedication towards layers of symbolism and lyrical poetry may come across as too exhaustive an attempt to be uniquely profound. Some songs are just forgettable, as the they lack enough potency to be worthy of repeat play. This is redeemed with tracks like “Love” with its grainy texture and relaxed melody reminiscent of the fifties.

The eerie young love theme of the title single, “Lust of Life”, and subdued dream state of “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind”, makes for a relaxed album. It does not force any ideals of happiness upon the listener, but rather serves as a reminder that somehow goodness is still worth believing in.

Although Lust of Life might seem little overreaching or unpolished in content, it is still the ideal companion to any millennial.

 

4/5

 

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