Lana Del Rey Haunts on “Once Upon A Dream”


Lana Del Rey • “Once Upon a Dream” Maleficent (Soundtrack) • Walt DisneySingle Release: January 26, 2014 

Lana Del Rey-20131104-87Lana Del Rey possesses quite a unique, beautiful voice.  That said, Del Rey’s respective solo albums have yielded mixed results.  Sure, both Born To Die and Paradise have their moments (“Video Games”, “Off To The Races” and “Ride”), but sometimes Del Rey sounds a bit overindulgent or too lethargic in her vocal performances.  Honestly, you wonder sometimes if Del Rey is awake as she performs… cheap shot, I know.  Calling her one-dimensional might be a stretch, but sometimes it does seems as if Del Rey doesn’t exactly know when to stretch beyond those legato, relaxed vocals.  Regardless of the quibbles and below-the-belt shots, personally, I believe Del Rey is extremely talented with plenty to offer.  Her potential now needs to be maximized.  She gets her chance too.

Because of her talent and unique artistic personality, selecting Del Rey to cover “Once Upon A Dream” in the upcoming Disney film Maleficent is a great decision.  The moodiness and nuance that Del Rey possesses is a perfect fit for a haunting, contrasting interpretation of classic.  In the 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty, soprano Mary Costa sang “Once Upon A Dream” with a quicker tempo and more bombast; her take was more peppy.  Del Rey naturally being mysterious and dark (though extremely attractive), gives the ballad a different sound.  It doesn’t hurt that the overall production feels sort of unsettling and eerie.  Judging by the trailer for the film, a performance like this seems like a match made in heaven… or the other place…

Verdict: ★★★★

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