The song was released as the singer's second single on December 30, , through Interscope Records. Musically, "Born to Die" is a ballad that speaks of a doomed relationship. Critics noted that it features apocalyptic lyrics and strings similar to John Barry compositions. It received mixed to positive reception from contemporary critics, who considered it as haunting as, yet similar to, Del Rey's previous single " Video Games ". In , Billboard included the song as one of the songs that defined the s , adding that it influenced "a sonic shift that completely changed the pop landscape". The song was promoted with a music video, directed by Yoann Lemoine also known as Woodkid , that portrays Del Rey in an unstable relationship with her boyfriend, played by model Bradley Soileau , as they go on a car trip that results in her death. Critical reception for the video was generally positive. The video has received over million views on video-sharing website YouTube. Following the release of the single, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy commented, "we thought it would be near-impossible for Lana to top the chilling ' Video Games ', but her new cut — the title track from her forthcoming album — may just have out-haunted its predecessor. The calm tone of Del Rey's voice sets sad-love mood really well.
Born to Die is the second studio album and major label debut by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. The album was reissued on November 9, , as an expanded version subtitled The Paradise Edition. A predominantly baroque pop and trip hop album, Born to Die musically features the same cinematic composition.
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