Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” First Single from ‘Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack
Based on the trailers for the upcoming Great Gatsby adaptation, there’s much to like: a return to form for Baz Luhrmann, whose last film Australia was overlong and missed the flash of his other spectacles like Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, and a highly energetic soundtrack. Yet nowhere amidst the modern, dance- and rock-influenced tracks do we hear the plaintive voice of Lana Del Rey.
However, based on an announcement today, Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” is the first cut from the film’s soundtrack to be released as a single.
“Young & Beautiful,” which can be heard here, is another by-the-numbers affair from Del Rey. The track’s format is so familiar by this point you might as well call it “Video Games, Part 2”: soaring strings form the glittering chordal foundation for Del Rey’s yearning, forlorn vocals. This time, the possibly-manufactured chanteuse says in a quavering tone, "Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" Despite Del Rey’s lyrical triteness (and occasional cringe-worthy efforts like “National Anthem”), this line is about as apt as you can get for the Great Gatsby.
The full soundtrack drops on May 7, with Jay-Z the executive producer. The full tracklist includes:
1. "100$ Bill" - JAY Z
2. "Back to Black" - Beyoncé x André 3000
3. "Bang Bang" - will.i.am
4. "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" - Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. "Young and Beautiful" - Lana Del Rey
6. "Love is the Drug" - Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. "Over the Love" - Florence + The Machine
8. "Where the Wind Blows" - Coco O. of Quadron
9 "Crazy in Love" - Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. "Together" – The xx
11. "Hearts a Mess" - Gotye
12. "Love is Blindness" – Jack White
13. "Into the Past" - Nero
14. "Kill and Run" – Sia
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