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"Shades of Cool" (originally known as "Unfixable" and "Blue Jazz") is a song by Lana Del Rey written with Rick Nowels and produced by Dan Auerbach. It is featured on Del Rey's second major-label studio album Ultraviolence, and was released as the first promotional single from the album on May 26, 2014.

Background[]

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.

The song was recorded during November 2013, in the same sessions as "Sad Girl", "Is This Happiness", "I Can Fly", "Fine China", "Say Yes to Heaven" and "Your Girl".

An unmixed version leaked on November 10, 2020.

On June 13, 2024, an insider revealed the existence of two early demos of the song, Nowels' original version titled "Unfixable" and another early demo titled "Blue Jazz".[S 1]

On June 21, 2024 a demo of the song, called “Unfixable” leaked.

Composition[]

The track is in D minor 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 reception[]

"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 Caryn 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]

Music video[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Shades_Of_Cool Released June 17, 2014
Length 5:43
Director Jake Nava
Producer Ben Cooper
Filmed May, 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 92+ Million views
Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_–_Shades_of_Cool_(Director's_Cut) Released July 1, 2014
Length 5:43
Director Jake Nava
Producer Ben Cooper
Filmed May, 2014
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views N/A

Background[]

On June 12, 2014, Del Rey posted a preview of the video on Instagram.[5][dead link] 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. The original music video ending featured a deleted scene of Del Rey drowning, compared to the released version.

Description[]

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[]

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 5:42
    • Instrumental version — 5:40
  • Unmixed version — 5:44
  • "Blue Jazz" demo version — Unknown
  • "Unfixable" demo version — 5:12

Lyrics[]

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 and 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
Cold heart and hands and aptitude
He lives for love, for women too
I'm one of many, Bonnie's 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)
(High, 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

"Unfixable" demo version[]

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

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

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
Cold heart, cold hands, cold aptitude
He lives for fun, for women too
I'm one of many, Bonnie's blue
And when he cries, he cries alone over the telephone
He prays for peace, he prays for hope for his immortal soul

But I can't fix you, can't make you better
And I can't do nothing about your change of weather

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

You're hot, hot weather in the summer
Hot, unforgiven lover
Hot, hot weather in the summer
Hot, neglectful lover
You're crumbling suddenly
You're suddenly crumbling

But you are unfixable
I can't break through your world
You live in shades of cool
I can't break through your world

Credits[]

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 and Russ Pahl — electric guitar
  • Seth Kaufman — Omnichord
  • Maximilian Weissenfeldt — drums
  • John Davis — mastering

Charts[]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 40
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 52
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[9] 79
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[10] 3
France (SNEP)[11] 37
Hungary (Single Top 40)[12] 19
Italy (FIMI)[13] 35
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 79

References[]

  1. Coplan, Chris (May 25, 2014). "Listen: Lana Del Rey's new song "Shades of Cool"". Consequence. https://consequence.net/2014/05/listen-lana-del-reys-new-song-shade-of-cool/. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  2. Shetty, Sharan (May 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's New Song Is a Beautiful, Brooding Return to Form". Slate Magazine. https://slate.com/culture/2014/05/lana-del-rey-shares-shades-of-cool-the-singer-s-latest-track-from-ultraviolence-is-a-beautiful-brooding-track.html. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  3. Ganz, Caryn (June 20, 2014). "Ultraviolence". Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/ultraviolence-107530/. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  4. Lathan, Ryan (June 16, 2014). "Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence (Album Review)". PopMatters. https://www.popmatters.com/lana-del-rey-ultraviolence-review. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  5. Del Rey, Lana (June 12, 2014). "Shades". Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/pKvcCflniX/. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  6. "Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  7. "Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  8. "Lana Del Rey Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  9. "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201426 into search. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  10. "June 14, 2014 – Greece Digital Songs". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/2014-06-14/greece. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  11. "Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  12. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  13. "Top Digital – WK 22 (dal 2014-05-26 al 2014-06-01)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. http://www.fimi.it/classifiche#{%22id%22:1822,%22s%22:%223%22}. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  14. "Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  15. "Lana Del Rey – Shades of Cool". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 21, 2024.
  16. "Lana Del Rey Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2024.

Notes[]

  1. This is speculation and should not be relied upon. It has not been confirmed by any official sources, but has been reported by Honeymoun, who is considered a reliable insider by the community.


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