Lana Del Rey's Young & Boring - I Mean, Beautiful
    • MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

    • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

    What the fuck, Hollywood? You show us this dazzling line-up of the world's biggest pop stars for the soundtrack of a film with the world's biggest movie stars, based on one of America's most famous novels...and then you release this mediocre nap anthem? (No joke - I couldn't stop yawning.) It's not the lack of originality, emotional spectrum, or competent lyric-writing on Lana Del Rey's contribution to the Great Gatsby soundtrack that pisses me off. It's the fact that even with all the money in the world and all the songwriting material you could wish for and one of the most celebrated voices of the moment, you managed to make a boring, forgettable song with the line "Oh, that grace, ah that body / Ah, that face makes me wanna party / He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds" (as usual, the word "diamonds" is separated into three syllables - for the second time in one song).

    Sure, the song has its poetic moments, but what's the excuse for the rest? I mean, if they were going to bother with releasing an extra orchestral version (in case the original schmaltz wasn't enough and you wanted bells), why not take the extra few minutes to write a compelling bridge, figure out a synonym for "soul," and challenge Ms. Del Rey with at least one high note? This is just embarrassing for everyone involved.

    "Young & Beautiful"

    "Young & Beautiful (DH Orchestral Version)"

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