Lana Del Rey launches title track of new album featuring The Weeknd
Lana Del Rey is preparing for the release of her upcoming fourth studio album Lust For Life, and after first single ‘Love’, she just dropped the title track, featuring The Weeknd! It is not the first time these pop stars worked together. On The Weeknd’s album Beauty Behind The Madness they released the duet ‘Prisoner’ and Del Rey also provided vocals for ‘Stargirl Interlude’ and ‘Party Monster’ on his latest album Starboy. ‘Lust For Life’ however, is easily their best collaboration so far.
On ‘Lust For Life’, Del Rey goes back to the sound that meant her big breakthrough on the album Born To Die, having some melodic similarities to her track ‘Without You’, but not without shaking things up enough to keep it interesting. It is Lana Del Rey through and through with a dramatic slightly dark instrumentation and a big, soaring chorus while delivering hook after hook. “Climb up the H, of the Hollywood sign. In these stolen moments, the world is mine”, Del Rey whispers over the intro. Her talk-singing soon turns into her heavenly vocals towards the chorus where she sings: “Take off, take off, take off all of your clothes”. The Weeknd responds to that with: “They say only the good die young. That just ain’t right. Cause we’re having too much fun, too much fun tonight.” Together they conclude: “Our lust for life, keeps us alive.”
For the second chorus they do it the other way around and other than the excellent melodies, this song thrives due to the fact that their voices melt together like they won’t ever sing on their own again. The Weeknd’s falsetto sounds fantastic and he definitely adds something substantial to the song. The parts where they sing the lyrics back to each other are simply stunning. Although Lana Del Rey usually is not much of a hit single artist, The Weeknd’s chart power at the moment could definitely help this track become as big as it deserves to be.