Single Review: Lana Del Ray – 'Lust for Life' (ft. The Weeknd)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Do you know them songs that hit you right in the centre and make you feel all the things? Don't lie, you know what I'm talking about. Until yesterday morning, it was Lil Uzi Vert's 'XO Tour Llif3'. There I was, minding my own business on the train on the way to work when I was scrolling down my Twitter feed when I came across the news of Lana Del Ray's new track.

After one listen, there was no going back.

Listening to Lana Del Ray makes me feel like I'm in an audible version of a tragic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, where everything is glamorous and aesthetically beautiful, but low-key, shit is absolutely terrible — the characters are depressed and narcissistic, and everyone is addicted to drugs and booze. I probably just summed up around three of Fitzgerald's novels in that one sentence, but I'll discuss old sport (sorry, lame Fitzgerald joke) another time.

In true Lana style, 'Lust for Life' is cinematic. The lyrics are picturesque in the way they present a story — as you hear the words, you're visually depicting what you're hearing, and it's beautiful. I particularly love the lyrics "cause we're the masters of our own fate / we're the captains of our own souls". These lyrics are actually from the poem 'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley.

If I had to remove anything from the song, it would be the 'my boyfriend's back, and he's cooler than ever,' part, it feels disingenuous.

The Starboy and Stargirl have created something that's stunning from start to finish. I know Lana is working on an album right now, but can we get a collab album from them both? Can someone please make it happen?

Written by Amy Smolcic