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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach
Released May 26, 2014
Recorded 2013
Length 5:42
(See official versions)
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Brooklyn Baby"
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"Shades of Cool" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, produced by Dan Auerbach and is featured on Del Rey's second major-label studio album Ultraviolence. It was released as the first promotional single from the album on May 26, 2014.

BackgroundEdit

On May 23, 2014, various music streaming sites announced that "Shades of Cool" would be debuted on May 26 as the first promotional single from the album Ultraviolence. The artwork for the single was released alongside the news that it would be a promotional single.

CompositionEdit

The track is in F♯ major with a time signature of 6/8 and a tempo of approximately 49 beats per minute. Del Rey sings using the higher part of her register, a departure from most of her music since Born to Die.

Critical receptionEdit

"Shades of Cool" received general acclaim from music critics. Coplan of Consequence of Sound complimented the song for its "grace and sophistication".[1] Saran Shetty of Slate called "Shades of Cool" "a beautiful, brooding return to form [for Del Rey]", and opined that the single would "fit perfectly" in a James Bond theme track.[2] Likewise, Rolling Stone '​s Calyn Ganz wrote that the track "would be perfect for a James Bond film directed by Quentin Tarantino."[3] Lathan Ryan from PopMatters positively compared Del Rey's vocals on "Shades of Cool" to those of Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, observing that "Del Rey has never sounded better".[4]

Cross-references Edit

  • The songs theme of failing to change a lover is also found in "Afraid" and "Backfire".

Music videoEdit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Shades Of Cool05:44

Lana Del Rey - Shades Of Cool

Released June 17, 2014
Length 5:43
Director Jake Nava
Producer Ben Cooper
Choreographer
Filmed May, 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 61+ Million views
Music video Information
Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool (Director's Cut)05:43

Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool (Director's Cut)

Released July 1, 2014
Length 5:43
Director Jake Nava
Producer Ben Cooper
Choreographer
Filmed May, 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views N/A

Background Edit

On June 12, 2014, Del Rey posted a preview of the video on Instagram.[5] The video was uploaded to YouTube and Vevo on June 17, 2014. The video was filmed in Los Angeles in May and stars celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney who previously appeared in the music video for "West Coast". On July 1, 2014, music video director Jake Nava released a director's cut version of the video. The video was picked up by many online news sources, and includes extra shots of the pool and dancing scenes with Mahoney. The director's cut version is 5:42 long and contains most of the same shots in the officially released video.

Description Edit

The video opens with Mahoney looking at the camera as a scene of an LA street at night fades in. Del Rey starts singing over shots of Mahoney driving a car before she appears superimposed over various dark blue plants and flowers, with the colors on her distorted and blurring. During the chorus, the scene with Del Rey shows red fireworks and birds while Mahoney is shown with blue shooting stars.

In the second verse, Del Rey walks down a street of LA in the daytime and sees Mahoney getting into his car. He notices her but gets in anyway.

In the next scene Del Rey swims by Mahoney by the glass side of a swimming pool as Mahoney crosses himself. Del Rey is then seen dancing in a living room while Mahoney drinks. Del Rey eats a strawberry then drinks and smokes in the pool while in another scene she playfully hugs and dances with Mahoney. She gets out of the pool as the shot references Marilyn Monroe in Something's Got to Give.

The video ends with a shot of Mahoney pulling a happy Del Rey off the floor into an embrace in reverse.

Photoshoot by Neil Krug Edit

Official versions Edit

  • Album version – 5:42
  • Instrumental version – 5:40

LyricsEdit

My baby lives in shades of blue
Blue eyes and jazz and attitude
He lives in California too
He drives a Chevy Malibu
And when he calls, he calls for me, not for you
He lives for love, he loves his drugs, he loves his baby too

But I can't fix him, can't make him better
And I can't do nothing about his strange weather

But you are unfixable
I can't break through your world
'Cause you live in shades of cool
Your heart is unbreakable

My baby lives in shades of cool
Cool heart and hands and aptitude
He lives for love, for women too
I'm one of many; one is blue
And when he calls, he calls for me, and not for you
He prays for love, he prays for peace, and maybe someone new

But I can't help him, can't make him better
And I can't do nothing about his strange weather

'Cause you are unfixable
I can't break through your world
'Cause you live in shades of cool
Your heart is unbreakable

Your hot, hot, weather in the summer
Hot, hot, neglectful lover
Hot, hot, weather in the summer
Hot, neglectful lover

You're crumbling, sadly
You're sadly, crumbling

You are unfixable
I can't break through your world
'Cause you live in shades of cool
Your heart is unbreakable

Credits Edit

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting
  • Rick Nowels – songwriting
  • Dan Auerbach – production, electric guitar
  • Collin Dupuis – engineering, drum programming
  • Robert Orton – mixing
  • Nick Movshon – electric bass
  • Leon Michaels – mellotron
  • Kenny Vaughan & Russ Pahl – electric guitar
  • Seth Kaufman – Omnichord
  • Maximilian Weissenfeldt – drums
  • John Davis – mastering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 40
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 52
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 79
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 3
France (SNEP) 37
Hungary (Single Top 40) 19
Italy (FIMI) 35
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 43
US Billboard Hot 100 79

ReferencesEdit


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