"Young and Beautiful" (CD Single)

Music review by
Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media
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Haunting ballad off Great Gatsby soundtrack is lush, tame.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

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 & representations

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
Sex

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

Language
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."

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written bymissshellfishbeach May 31, 2015

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... Continue reading
Adult Written bycoulterml September 29, 2015

Amazing

this is amazing song love it so much
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 4, 2013

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love female pop stars

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