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April 23, 2013  | by: Susie Bijan
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Despite the many criticisms made against Lana Del Rey, there’s no denying that she’s the queen of crafting cinematic soundscapes. Her songs tend to sweep listeners into a lush world full of drunken whiskey-fuelled nights, bad boys and melodramatic romance.

She’s not the best songwriter out there; the lyrics – more often than not – possess an endearingly petulant vibe (taking shots of whiskey every time she manages to rhyme “baby/crazy” or “wild/child” may prove as a fitting party game, by the way.) But once her words are coupled with stunning backdrops, her songs become goose bump worthy epics.

The formula outlined above (so-so lyrics + sweeping sounds = success) works so well for Del Rey that it’s become her go-to schtick. And guess what? No one is complaining, including Baz Luhrmann, director of the much-hyped film adaption of The Great Gatsby. Del Rey joins several well-known artists – like Beyonce and Florence and the Machine – with “Young & Beautiful,”  her contribution to the film’s soundtrack.

“Young & Beautiful” is a track that lives up to its title. It’s also one of Del Rey’s most dazzling tracks: fleeting strings carry her worries about love, ageing and the insecurities concerning a lover. It’s typical Del Rey material lyric-wise, but the production quality contains that extra something to push the song into iconic territory. For readers familiar with Gatsby, this track seems like the fitting musical representation of Jay Gatsby’s soulmate and neighbor, Daisy Buchanan.

What do you think of “Young & Beautiful”? Sound off below, and make sure to check out The Great Gatsby soundtrack when it drops on May 7.

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