Lana Del Rey’s debut is nothing to get excited about. (Photo by Nicole Nodland/courtesy of Universal Music Group)

“But the central failure of ‘Born to Die’ isn’t Del Rey’s lack of vocal agility — it’s that her music doesn’t communicate actual feeling. Seemingly divorced from experience, or even imagination, her moody, melancholic music carries only the aura of emotion. It delivers glamour without mystery, desperation without consequence, escapism without destination.”

Read the full review here.