If creating a buzz about oneself was a University degree, Lana Del Rey would not only be awarded a first class, but she'd most likely finish top of her year with honours. That said, whether or not last year's 'Video Games' was a genuine surprise hit or a calculated label decision to position her as a "credible" artist, we don't care, because thus far the songs by themselves are pretty damn good.
Her second single 'Born To Die' was always going to be a tricky release to navigate, but she (or her label) were clearly well prepared with a follow-up. Backed by a string quartet and weighty percussion, she clings on to her lover, urging him to "take a walk on the wild side... like your girl's insane" with a voice smokier than an after hours jazz club. The result isn't as immediately flooring as its predecessor, but given time, becomes equally as haunting.