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Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell Album is Brilliant

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Ever since the young and beautiful artist, Lana Del Rey announced the release date of her sixth studio album under the title Norman Fucking Rockwell – which is a reference to an immature, pretentious poet – fans had been anxiously milling about, set on edge in anticipation of the singer’s latest compilation of music. August 30th was thus a much-awaited day in the eyes of all Lana stans. For good reason – every single track on the new album absolutely slaps.

From Fuck it I love you all the way to hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it, Lana Del Rey’s mesmerizing lyricism, mystical vocals, and absolute instrumental control left fans awed. Norman Fucking Rockwell can very easily be called Del Rey’s dreamiest album since 2015’s Honeymoon. Simply because of the piano, reverb and guitar fuzz – factors which also make it even more rock-inspired than 2014’s Ultraviolence.

Lana Del Rey Takes Inspiration From Classic Rock

By eliciting more thought and emotion in the listener, Lana Del Rey has proved she is capable of creating more than just a “mood”. Blatant rock references and bold lyrics have accorded the album a whole world of depth. Much like Norman Fucking Rockwell’s 2017 predecessor, Lust for Life, a distinct retro haze remains ever-present in each of the 14 tracks of the new album. The record is positively stuffed with classic rock references.  Cinnamon Girl borrows its title from Neil Young. Moreover, Del Rey voicing “I heard the war was over if you really choose,” paraphrasing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s War is Over (If You Want It). No wonder, critics are loving it.

With this sort of intermingling classic rock influence, it comes as no surprise that the music barely ever presents itself as pop. This is a commendable feat, given the fact that the album has been produced by Jack Antonoff. Antonoff produced Taylor Swift’s recent album Lover. So, we could have seen more pop elements in this album as well. But Rather than a purely pop album, the record is somewhere in the middle of pop and contemporary soft rock.

Poetic Lyrics That Captivate

We also have songs like Cinnamon Girl illustrating a long and lyrical instrumental coda. It goes to show that Lana Del Rey’s recent work has been absolutely captivating. Moreover, it has also proved to be highly complex and nuanced. This is a feat critics would never have expected of a singer who appeared to only have made a career out of cinematic mood creation. And most importantly, Del Rey’s lyrics this time around have also proven their ability to stop anyone in their tracks.

Del Ray Out Did Herself

With all this in plain sight, it is no surprise that the recent album has captured the hearts of millions. One can only imagine how much more Lana Del Rey will blow up over the coming days. Haters may attempt to discredit her clear merit yet her avid fans continue to shower the new album with love. To be fair, the singer is worthy of the increased publicity. Del Ray manages to depict the oh-so-precious sad girl vibe while still making her music project so much more.

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