Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”: Hear The Lush, Cinematic ‘Great Gatsby’ Single

Sam Lansky | April 22, 2013 7:02 am

Oh, that Lana Del Rey — heartbreaking songstress, noir-pop superstar and the musical equivalent of an old-timey cigarette holder. This weekend, the chanteuse released the full version of her Great Gatsby soundtrack cut, “Young & Beautiful” — which was already teased in the film’s trailer and then previewed in snippet form — and the Rick Nowels-produced cut is just as lush and gorgeous as we’d suspected.

“Cinematic” is a word that people throw around a lot when talking about Lana Del Rey’s music, which makes sense, given that her entire artistic identity is a loving pastiche of a lot of movie references — and fittingly, her big soundtrack song for a big Hollywood movie packs all the sweep and grandeur of a classic film, warm and nostalgic and sadly beautiful. Frankly, it makes us feel a lot of things. 

“Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful?” Del Rey questions over surging drums. The answer, Lana, is yes. Yes, we will.

Listen below.

Lana Del Rey — “Young & Beautiful”

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