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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Jack Lawrence
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Recorded 2013
Length 3:23

"Once Upon a Dream" was covered by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for the dark fantasy film Maleficent (2014), which serves as a prequel to the original Sleeping Beauty (1959). The song was released on January 26, 2014; it was made available as a free digital download during its first week of availability by the Google Play Store.[1] Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's lead role, picked Del Rey herself to perform the song.[2]

Critical reception

Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[3] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[4] Hypable said the cover was "much darker" than the original and pointed out the "slight radio effect" over Del Rey's and called her performance of the song "haunting":[5] Spin said of the song snippet from the trailer "Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby."[6] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[7]

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