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Even after selling nearly three million copies of her debut album worldwide, Lana Del Rey still faced a challenge during 2012: namely, proving to critics and prospective fans that Born to Die wasn't a fluke. In that spirit, Del Ray released Paradise, a mini-album close to Christmas, that finds her in perfect control of her voice, much more assured than she was even one year ago, and frequently capable of astonishing her listeners with a very convincing act. As for the sound, it should be familiar to fans of Born to Die, with strings that move at a glacial pace, drums that crash like waves in slow motion, and additional textures (usually electric guitar or piano) that are cinematic in their sound and references. There's really only one difference between Born to Die and Paradise, but it's a big one. Instead of acting the submitting, softcore, '60s-era plaything, here she's more of a wasted, hardcore, post-millennial plaything. She even goes so far as to tell her audience that she likes it rough (in words that earn the parental advisory sticker), to ask whether she can put on a show, and at her most explicit, proffering a simile that compares the taste of an intimate part of her anatomy to Pepsi. The inclusion of a cover, "Blue Velvet," is not only a perfect match for her style, but also a hint that she can perform up to better material. Still, all of this is merely the material for her continuing popularity and attraction. She puts it better here than anyone else, with another simile: "Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art."

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537204687
catalogNumber: 001766702
Rank: 3193


  1. Ride
  2. American
  3. Cola
  4. Body Electric
  5. Blue Velvet
  6. Gods & Monsters
  7. Yayo
  8. Bel Air

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lana Del Rey   Primary Artist,Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Mellotron
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Patrick Warren   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Bells,Brass,Mellotron,Dulcitone,Optigan
Zac Rae   Piano,Keyboards
Jason Lader   Bass
Songa Lee   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Drums
Emile Haynie   Drums,Keyboards
Larry Gold Orchestra   Strings
Dan Heath   Percussion,Piano,Strings,Horn,Keyboards,Performing Ensemble
Tim Lacombe   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Justin Parker   Composer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer,drum programming
Nicole Nodland   Cover Photo
Daniel Heath   Composer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Producer
Graham Archer   Vocal Engineer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Tucker Robinson   Producer
Lana Del Rey   Composer
Dan Heath   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Jordan Stillwell   Engineer
Nikki Calvert   Producer
Tim Lacombe   Composer,Producer
Chris Garcia   Engineer

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