Lana Del Rey With defiant and youthful hubris Lana Del Rey released her first full length major label album in January of this year. And the album shines through the melancholy with alternative indie pop charm. Its rough edges and trance ballads, a bold middle finger to those that wrote off the artist (formerly known as) Lizzie Grant as another shallow one hit wonder.Which doesn’t seem so fair to the 25-year old controversial, and unconventionally commercial New York born starlet. With a raspy soprano voice, Del Rey pouts her way into your subconscious by chanting her hooks over symphonic melodies from the place old souls go to contemplate all the philosophies of life, love and liberty.With vigor and poise, Lana Del Rey makes claim to a sector of the mainstream industry still recovering from the love coma that Adele has had us in for almost a year. With tongue in check and heart in hand, Lana Del Rey writes with a mature angst, that informs her effort.With regard to her artistry, Born to Die, Off To The Races, Blue Jeans, and Video Games are my personal picks for the strongest tracks for mainstream exposure. While the subject matter is most certainly not revolutionary, her stand alone resilience is its own story of ‘the blonde we underestimated.’ Her odes are genuine, and their fawning, although sickening to the cynic, is a hymn to the romantic, “Heaven is a place with you.”As a mainstream artist beginning her corporate career, there is indeed an orchestra of emotion woven into the each of the twelve tracks that she wrote, and co-wrote herself. An orchestra that could be argued uses too many of the same ideas and feelings. But the smooth, seamless production of the album compensates for this in a way that is easy and painless. You could listen to this whole album during a single 50 minute session of French class (translation not included.)I am of the opinion that tracks like Diet Mountain Dew, and Dark Paradise are soft, catchy transitions between brazen, bolder songs like, National Anthem, Radio, Carmen and Million Dollar Man. With National Anthem for a dose of social commentary, and Carmen to appease the listener that needs a narrative.After listening to this album thirty times, the last two tracks start to make more sense. Summertime Sadness, and This Is What Makes Us Girls are a last splash of character and they close the album with bewitched beauty.Laura Booth criticized Lana Del Rey for being, “a singer with all the charisma of a corpse,” and it seems that thousands have caught a healthy dose of necrophilia.But don’t just take my word for it…http://www.times-age.co.nz/news/indie-pop-borntodie/1279887/ Postscript:Lana has just won the BRIT award for International Breakthrough Artist, with her album, Born to Die certified Gold in Australia and Switzerland.