First there was 2015’s “Prisoner” off of the Canadian crooner’s Beauty Behind the Madness, then there was last year’s “Party Monster” and too-good-but-too-short “Stargirl Interlude” from Starboy. And now, the dream team – Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd – have united yet again – this time, on the title track of Lana‘s fourth studio album, Lust For Life.
The track is an epic-sounding, signature Lana number loaded with layered synths, slow-marching drum beats, swaggering strides of piano, warbling noises in the distance and of course, those dreamy cinematic strings we’ve all come to adore.
And yes… although we’ve heard them together before, “Lust For Life” feels like the true and proper duet we’ve all been waiting for, as the two trade sweetly crooned melodies across the slick, sixties-inspired production. “Take off, take off/ Take off all of your clothes,” Lana and Abel sing. “They say only the good die young/ That just ain’t right/ ‘Cause we’re having too much fun/ Too much fun tonight, yeah.”
It’s truly stunning, but its that earworm of a post-chorus that really seals the deal: “In a lust for life, in a lust for life/ In a lust for life, in a lust for life/ Keeps us alive, keeps us alive….” An anthem for true admirers of lust and all things love — duwop, duwop… shuwop, shuwop.
In an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed Magazine, Lana revealed that “Lust for Life” was the first song she wrote for the album and got an assist from hit-maker Max Martin for it. “I felt like it was a big song but… it wasn’t right. I don’t usually go back and re-edit things that much, because the songs end up sort of being what they are, but this one song I kept going back to. I really liked the title. I liked the verse,” Lana expressed. “John Janick was like, ‘Why don’t we just go over and see what Max Martin thinks?’ So, I flew to Sweden and showed him the song. He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus. So I went back to Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies. Now I’m finally happy with it. (laughs)”