Lana Del Rey – “Young & Beautiful”

In recent weeks, Lana Del Rey has kept herself busy releasing pretty-good covers of classic songs by Leonard Cohen and Nancy Sinatra on YouTube, but now she’s gotten back to the business of releasing potentially enraging big-budget originals. LDR is one of the many, many famous people who have contributed songs to the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming The Great Gatsby. Her contribution is called “Young & Beautiful.” It’s about love and aging and insecurity and her own self-diagnosed luminous beauty, and I like it, even if she actually does sing the words “makes me wanna party.” It’s prettily luxuriant, and it has strings for days. Listen to the song and its orchestral version below.

The Great Gatsby soundtrack is out 5/7 on Watertower. Check also Florence + The Machine’s contribution “Only The Love.”