Complete Guide to Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence'

Complete Guide to Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence'

Next week, Lana Del Rey's third official album Ultraviolence arrives. It's the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012's platinum selling Born to Die, a record that launched her into pop-stardom nearly a year after the Internet fell in love with her "Video Games" video. 

Del Rey doesn't let too many people into her world these days, in terms of interviews. But over the course of the last few months, she's released a handful of tracks and teases, as well as two big interviews. Here's the complete guide to Ultraviolence.

The Build Up

In December 2013, when Del Rey was screening her short film Tropico in Los Angeles, she dropped the album title Ultraviolence when she was speaking to the crowd. Something was up. 

Two months later, Del Rey tweeted out a picture of her and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach - she had hooked up with for production duties on Ultraviolence. The guitarist ended up producing seven of the 11 tracks.  

Her first single "West Coast" came out on April 14 and was a noticeable departure from the grand orchestration of Born to Die. It's clear that Auerbach put his stamp on her sound, as it was a bluesy, dirty guitar number that featured Del Rey singing praise to, well, the west coast. The accompanying video failed to generate the buzz of her earlier ones, but still featured that cinematic quality she tends to favor. 

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