We're nearing the end of September and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die is still my favourite album of the year. I'm sure Ke$ha's Warrior will give the gloomy masterpiece a run for its money but expect a photo finish. 2012 has been an amazing year for the doomed diva. She has sold 2.5 million albums - without a sizeable hit - and firmly established herself as an A List celebrity with saturation media coverage. Not bad when you consider how many people dismissed Lana as an overhyped flash in the pan! And her reign shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Born To Die - The Paradise Edition hits stores November 12 and boasts an absolute gem of a lead single. "Ride" (below) is a grim ballad with a faint country twist. It's grittier than Lana's usual fare thanks to Rick Rubin's subtle production but every bit as sweeping and atmospheric. If the 7 other new tracks are half as good, The Paradise Edition will permanently raise the bar for re-releases. It already has as far as packaging is concerned. The deluxe version comes with the following items:
- A remix CD
- A DVD
- A 7" vinyl of "Blue Velvet"
- Four art prints.
Excuse me while I go and pre-order now!