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Single Review: Lana Del Rey – ‘West Coast’

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With a new album having its finishing touches applied and scheduled for release later this year in the shape of Ultraviolence, American sweetheart Lana Del Rey is on the verge of releasing the forthcoming records lead single, West Coast.

Lana Del Rey West CoastAlong with the Paradise edition release of her debut album, over the past 2 years the singer-songwriter has been busy with a few lucrative side projects, contributing to some hugely successful film soundtracks including her Great Gatsby hit Young and Beautiful and penning the theme song to the upcoming Angelina Jolie dark fantasy flick, Maleficent.

Upon first listen, West Coast is a fairly decent single effort from the princess of Americana. The guitar work on the track allows it to soar through a psychedelic melody while the vocals are drenched in the same haunting tones as we have come to expect from a Lana Del Rey hit. The vocal breathiness that swims through the number reminds us of several highlight tracks from her Born To Die release so at least the track hints at a possible follow up album that is not too far distant to her globally successful Born To Die debut. The singers signature orchestral backdrop is also draped within the new track but more subtly than heard on previous records.

The singer has been sure to keep fans in the dark in terms of what the new album is going to be like and even when the record is expected to land but with West Coast finally being unveiled, the cat is out of the bag and happily grinning from ear to ear with what we have been offered as a teaser ahead of the parent records highly anticipated release.

It may not necessarily pack the same punches as previous singles like Born To Die, Video Games or Summertime Sadness in terms of instant loveability but West Coast is a great single for the singer and will no doubt help shift more than a few units of Ultraviolence for the sultry star.