Born to Die

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mature content and messages in pop starlet's debut CD.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Along with references to drinking and drugs, some troubling messages about falling for (and being unable to shake) "dangerous, tainted, and flawed" guys.


Positive Role Models & Representations

A lot of songs are about wanting to be with someone who isn't respectful, which isn't a great message for young people.


One line about buying a gun.


Some mentions of kissing and allusions to sex: "You can't keep your hands off of me or your pants on."


A few uses of "s--t," "f--k," and "bitch."


Several product and celebrity references like Mountain Dew, Chateau Marmont, and Bugatti.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to drinking, along with talk of "getting high" and "overdosin'."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Born to Die features a fair amount of adult content, including references to kissing, sex, drinking, and drugs, along with the occasional swear word ("s--t," "f--k"). In addition, it contains some eyebrow-raising messages about rollercoaster romances between reckless people who bring out the worst in each other yet can't let go. All of these traits make the record too mature for younger kids and tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAshlew987 September 8, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byThatTeenCritic August 20, 2015

Best for mature preteens and teens

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Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2012

Positive Role modle

I think that her music is exceptional. I bought her album because I am a big fan. When I heard her songs, there where some stuff not for younger kids. I think s... Continue reading

What's the story?

BORN TO DIE is the debut album from pop starlet Lana Del Ray -- aka Elizabeth Woolridge Grant -- a young singer-songwriter who has been described as a \"self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra.\" Most of the 15 songs on this album share a central theme: falling for a tough guy who causes his girl a lot of misery and heartache.

Is it any good?

It's been said that Lana Del Ray's recordings have more appeal than her live performances (especially after a disastrous performance on a 2012 episode of Saturday Night Live). Regardless of whether you prefer her live or recorded, she has a love-it-or-hate-it singing style that ranges from light and spacey to somber and deep.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Lana Del Ray's lyrics compare to her young pop contemporaries like Lady Gaga, Adele, and Katy Perry. What are some of the common themes?

  • Do you think Lana Del Ray is a role model? Why or why not?

  • Critics tend to love or hate Del Ray. Why do you think that is?

Music details

  • Artist: Lana Del Ray
  • Release date: January 31, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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