F*cked My Way Up To The Top
Label: Polydor Records
Ultraviolence is well-trodden territory for Lana Del Rey, who indulges in creeping melodrama to show the dark sides of summer and celebrity. Produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the album contains fewer trip-hop beats and more lounge-y nods to classic rock, from the swirling "Cruel World" to the woozy "West Coast." She continues to ask the void if it will "still love her," between nervous numbers like "Shades of Cool" and satirical ones like "Brooklyn Baby." But her greatest gift is to keep us guessing, as in which way we are intended to read the title "F*cked My Way Up to the Top."