Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Lana Del Rey 'Let Me Love You Like A Woman' Single Review

Lana Del Rey has a real knack for making all aspects of relationships sound really good. She writes songs about dependency, desire, the ugly truths mixed with the sweet moments. Her discography is easy to get lost in. I don’t know if it’s the vocals that sit somewhere between power and delicacy, the well-rounded instrumentation, the production… something distracts and soothes the occasionally almost jarring lyricism. 

However, I digress, her newest single ‘Let Me Love You Like a Woman’ has fans thrilled.

I think the key word within this song is bittersweet; it’s a song of juxtapositions. The opening lyric I think is genius, I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s such a relatable sentiment, so simply put and really quietly romantic, and has a great rhythm to it. She uses it to tie in the second verse as well making slight variations, which I notice is actually something she does throughout the song. 

The core content of the song doesn’t change too much, it relies more on subtle musical changes to vary the mood. This usually comes in the form of layering vocals and harmonies. To my taste, the transition from the second chorus into the bridge is my favorite part – really beautiful harmonies and composition.

It stays in what I’d call the Lana Del Rey sound – full sounding instrumentation (in this case led by a piano) and vocals that oscillate between depth in her lower register and soaring high-notes. Because the overall tone of this song is so gentle and pleading, you’d almost miss the barbs within the song. The layered vocals and harmonies to highlight the word ‘bittersweet’… well, just look out for it. It’s a beautiful way to frame a little sharpness, which I think is at the crux of how she writes: you can write about dependency and issues like that but there’s a constant reminder that she has some sway that you’re not aware of.

It’s a great single, deceptively sweet with just enough danger in it to really make it a Lana Del Rey song. 

- Chloe Boehm



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