Attracting our attention mainly for the track Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems featuring rock goddess Stevie Nicks, Lana Del Rey has just released her best album, her fifth in just six years.

Did you know that Lana’s long-time collaborator is Rick Nowels? He was famous in the 1980s for his work with both Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, oh and Madonna. Oh and he wrote Heaven Is A Place On Earth, the smash hit single by Belinda Carlisle which made her solo career. But the Lana sound, that sound. I thought it was all Lana, but some of it must be from the engineering booth. Nowels must be a part of it.

And the title, that title. Lust for Life. Remind you of anyone? Remind you of Renton, the heroin addict, running down the street, drugs falling from his pockets, run over by a car? A hypnotised chicken? That’s a hell of a title. What a risk.

Stevie Nicks didn’t make the studio until midnight for Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems, and found a shy fan waiting for her. She instantly settled Lana’s nerves with her ethereal presence that all her fans understand. She has made a living out of duets and collaborations in recent years. Her track with Natalie Maines, Too Far From Texas, is one of my favourite Nicks tunes of all time. But this is about Lana.

I can confirm that Lana’s Lust for Life single is nothing compared to Iggy Pop’s. Sorry.

But the album is a work of art. I was forced to listen to Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (for it is she) when my brother bought me her first album, Born To Die, all those years ago, in 2012. Yes! I can’t believe it was only five years ago either. Her influence, as evidenced by the quality of the collaborations on Lust For Life, will be with us for decades. And she was only born in 1985.

Oozing wisdom and pain beyond her years, Lana Del Rey is here to stay. Once hinting that she would kill the ‘character’ off, Grant seems stuck with her alter ego. As with all the best characters, Lana is so well crafted, so real, that it is (a) impossible to believe she is made up and (b) very unlikely that she is one hundred percent made up.

This is going to be a noir classic, and you must buy a copy. Don’t just stream it. It’s a keeper.

9.0 Classic

Oozing wisdom and pain beyond her years, Lana Del Rey is here to stay. Once hinting that she would kill the 'character' off, Grant seems stuck with her alter ego.

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P. C. Dettmann is the London bureau chief and contributing editor at The Z Review. Born in Hull, living in London, he is the author of Locksley: A New Spy, Ernest Zevon, and as Paul Charles, From Beyond Belief and Kicking Tin.

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  1. I liked the Beatles but Ringo was the luckiest drummer alive. He went along for the ride. The Beatles made him wealthy and he didnt deserve it. I am a drummer and he was the worst ever.

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