Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Lana Del Rey

2019 – Pop / R&B

Polydor, Interscope


Lana’s “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” is our new religion


Over the years, Lana Del Rey, release five albums, each one having their peculiarity. Since “Born to Die” (2012), where Lana speaks about sadness openly with a huge orchestral in the back; until “Lust for Life” (2017), where sadness began to fade between the lyrics, instrumental and aesthetic that pleased pop music lovers to Tumblr critics.

With “Mariners Apartment Complex”, the lead single of Lana’s six studio album, release in September of 2018, the American singer shows to the whole world the aesthetic of her new album. “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” was announced to drop in march of 2019, but, after some issues, the release date was transferred to august of the same year. Days later of the release of the lead single, “Venice Beach”, with almost ten minutes of duration was thrown to the world. In NFR’s second single, Lana demonstrated that she is a boss in instrumentation as well.

In “Norman Fucking Rockwell!”, the six-studio album by Lana Del Rey, the 34 years old singer keep the technique of put the sadness as the context of the song. With the sadness, Del Rey also put the decadence of the United States of America. “The Greatest” is a poetry that complain about how the great culture has become forgotten these days, and how, the significant artists of the past, now, have no meaning. However, the disintegration also occurs in her personal life. With “Bartender”, Lana is tired of not having the privacy she had before. In fact, this is a thematic that is resumed several times along the album. She is sick that she can’t stay at home because everybody knows that she is at home, she can’t drive around because everybody knows her car. Sometimes, Del Rey pray and ask with mercy a little bit of time to take a walk at the beach.

Talking about the beach, in her new album, Lana created all whole new atmosphere. With the lyrics and instrumental, she made everybody feels like we are in beach in California of 60’s, and in this beach, is so hot that we are suffering, but we can’t realize If it’s because the heat or the sadness. With her re-reading of Sublime’s “Doin’ Time” song released in 1996, Lana has made the new version much more interesting than the original. And in “Venice Bitch”, she made a reference to “Venice Beach”, a bohemian-style beach in CA with a liberal boardwalk where street artists create colorful murals.

As we all know, love is the one of mainly subjects on Lana’s songs, and in NFR is not different. In “Norman Fucking Rockwell!”, the first track, she talks about a man who is an “asshole” but she can’t change him because it’s how he is. When we move to “Fuck It I Love You” talks about the dream love in CA, but we can feel the pinch of death in the lower layers. “Love Song” is the one of the moments when Lana critics the fame and how toxic this is for her, however, she put everything in a beautiful serenade. Is not a mistake say that “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” is rick in lyrical context. Lana made incredible poetry that braid gently various aspects of her present life with her past. Since the perfectionism in “The Next Best New American Record” to the comedy and tragedy mix in “Happiness is a Butterfly”,

In “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it”, Del Rey ends her album saying that even though she changes city and state of mind, she still has the same past, and even though she does who she is today, she doesn’t see it in such a positive way.

The collaboration with Jack Antonoff created a simple sonority that easily move to a complex state of music. In the first track, we are received with a piano that sounds basic and complex at the same, and when we are going deeper and deeper in each song of the album, we can hear all simple, delicate and beautiful construction. Even with the addition with simple instrumentals like a guitar or drums that are played in calm way, to the piano background, it seems like everything is thought perfectly to sounds nicely to everybody. The duo experimented the electronic vibe as well. In “Venice Beach”, we are presented to solo of guitar, drums and synthesizers that are followed by Lana’s voice, that easily can show every emotion that she is feeling without extremes.

At the end, Lana Del Rey not only released us your new album, but also, her new atmosphere and religion. She created a full scenario of a CA beach in the 60’s with the today’s political issues. Although the album lasts longer than I think it should, resulting in slower development for some songs, the whole album is perfect and cohesive. I think that NFR, with the time, can become Lana’s best album


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