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"Black Beauty" is a song by Lana Del Rey from her second major-label album Ultraviolence. It was written with Rick Nowels and produced by Paul Epworth while Nowels produced the vocals. A separate registration exists listing her ex-boyfriend Barrie as a co-creator, however his contributions are unknown. The demo was finished sometime in June 2013 and leaked on July 20, 2013. It serves as the first bonus track from the album.
Background and writingEdit
Del Rey stated that the song was for her second major label album, which would be more spiritual, but after it leaked the status of the song on the album became unknown. The song is about Del Rey loving a man who doesn't appreciate the beauty of life, and lamenting the sadness of this. This theme connects the song to others such as "Next to Me" and "Peace". It was confirmed on May 8, 2014 that it would feature as a bonus track on Ultraviolence. A radio mix version of the song with a length of 4:05 is registered on PPL Repertoire, but remains unreleased.
"Black Beauty" is a pop ballad with a running time of 5:15. It is in 4/4, written in the key of F major and has a BPM of approximately 120. The original demo of the track featured Del Rey singing over a synthesized organ, bass and strings with minimalistic drum beats and guitar usage. The album version's opening is largely the same as the demo, using the same vocal take and instruments. It starts to differ with the inclusion of a choir and electric guitar, with the chorus having more intense, rock influenced, drums and bass as well as a choir. The rest of the song continues to use heavier drums and electric guitar.
Black Beauty (The Remix EP) was released on November 21, 2014 through Universal Music Deutschland's main site, and the extended play consists of three remixes. The EP was released under the Vertigo/Capital label. On December 15, 2014 the EP was released on iTunes Germany .
- Black Beauty (The Remix EP)
Released: December 15, 2014
|1.||"Black Beauty (LEEX Tropical Remix)"||5:57|
|2.||"Black Beauty (Dinnerdate Remix)"||3:08|
|3.||"Black Beauty (Lakechild Remix)"||3:59|
Commercial performance Edit
Due to the release of Ultraviolence and strong digital downloads of "Black Beauty", the song debuted on the OCC (UK) chart at number 179.
Critical response Edit
Official versions Edit
- Album version – 5:14
- Demo version – 5:19
- Instrumental version – 5:11
- The chorus contains a direct reference to "Life Is Beautiful".
- "Black leather" is referenced in "I Don't Wanna Go".
- "Black skies" are mentioned in "Damn You".
- Written by Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels.
- Vocals by Lana Del Rey.
- Produced by Paul Epworth.
- Engineered by Matt Wiggins
- Vocals produced by Rick Nowels.
- Vocals engineered by Kieron Menzies.
- Mixed by Robert Orton.
- Piano by Rick Nowels & Ed Harcourt.
- Guitar by Pablo Tato.
- Bass guitar by Tom Herbert.
- Drums by Leo Taylor.
- Philicorda & mellotron by Nikolaj Torp Larsen.
- Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, London.