"Young and Beautiful" (CD Single)

 
Haunting ballad off Great Gatsby soundtrack is lush, tame.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lana Del Rey is yearning for the kind of unconditional love that transcends youth and beauty, but she comes off as a bit gloomy and desperate.

Positive role models

She isn't necessarily a negative role model, but parents probably hope their kids have a bit more self-esteem than what's displayed here.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The lyric "Oh that grace, oh that body" directed to her lover could be interpreted as having a lustful connotation.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This was the first single off the soundtrack to support the theatrical release of The Great Gatsby.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lana Del Rey sings "Oh that face makes me wanna party."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Young and Beautiful" is Lana Del Rey's contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack. As the soundtrack's first single, it received a lot of radio-play and quickly rose up the iTunes charts. Over strings and percussion, Del Rey plaintively sings about a life of luxury and her insecurities about aging, pleading with a lover to stay with her even when she's no longer young and beautiful. An artful music video featuring Del Ray in 1920s-era costuming and interspersed shots of a shadowy orchestra is somber but suitable for all ages.

What's the story?

Lana Del Rey's somber ballad "YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL" was released as the first single off Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby. Over swirling strings and percussion, Del Ray sings nostalgically about a luxurious lifestyle of diamonds and fame and exposes her insecurities about aging and fading beauty. The song is directed to a lover, whom Del Rey asks if he'll still want her when she's no longer young and beautiful, before responding with a series of "I know you will"s. Her pensive recollections of a life of wealth and fame and haunting self-doubt cast the song in a sad, reflexive light.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This slow-burning ballad carries a lot of weight beneath its glossy finish. Lush strings and muted percussion beautifully complement Del Rey's soulful vocals, which convey the sad desperation of a woman coming to terms with the loss of her youth and beauty. It's a bummer of a song, but haunting enough to cast a mood on the listener for hours afterwards, and it has enough melodic impact to get stuck in your head for days.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the single supports The Great Gatsby. How does the song's message align with the movie?

  • Discuss the tone of the song. What are some of the adjectives that come to mind?

  • Do you think Lana Del Rey will be an enduring artist? Discuss some of the challenges of sustaining a music career in the digital age.

Music details

Artist:Lana Del Ray
Release date:April 23, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bymissshellfishbeach May 31, 2015
age 8+
 

Great for children.

The only reason i say children who are 8 is because it is attached to the great gatsby, which isn't very good for children. the song of itself is actually amazing though. She never swears, she doesn't talk about sex, and she never says anything about drugs or alcohol (which is good for lana del rey) Sure, she is insecure, but all in all, it is because she is deeply in love, something that is an amazing thing to teach children.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 4, 2013
age 11+
 

Somewhat Depressing Song (3.5/5 stars)

The music is really pretty, as are Lana's angelic voice, but I hate how the song's saying that only young people are beautiful. But it's fine for kids (although I doubt they'll get what it's about). Obviously there's consumerism since the song was recored for "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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