Lorenzo Veppi

30 Aug 2019
Music

Why ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ Is Lana Del Rey’s Best Album Since ‘Born to Die’

It’s been two years since Lizzy Grant, aka Lana Del Rey, released ‘Lust For Life’. It was highly anticipated and included collabs with The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky, which resulted in music that was very out of Lana’s comfort zone and felt very pop. While I loved every second of the songs, I kept longing for something more in the lines of ‘Born To Die’, her breakthrough album and the reason why we all fell in love with her. ‘Honeymoon’ (2015) clearly wasn’t it, but the melancholic queen seems to have found her mojo back where it belongs with ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lana Del Rey fan, but she’s like my best friend: I will criticize her when I need to. I called her out for the mess that was Honeymoon, and I’d do it again. But this time I won’t need to, because after carefully listening to Norman Fucking Rockwell I feel like thanking her. This may be her best work since Born To Die.

Unapologetic

I knew this album was gold when listening to the title track, which starts out with the words: “God damn man-child, you fucked me so good that I almost said I love you”. Honestly, that’s what I came here for. Lana’s unapologetic lyrics that make you think for a second if you like it or not, but you can’t deny it tastes amazing. *insert kombucha woman meme*

I went into some deep crevices of my soul with “Happiness is a butterfly”. That’s what a LDR love song does to you. “If he’s a serial killer, then what’s the worst that can happen to a girl who’s already hurt”. Or with “The greatest”, which honestly kinda fucked me up. In a good way. “I pray that you stay, don’t leave, I just need a wake-up call.”

Moody

And then there’s “Venice Bitch”. You could argue that at least half of the 9 minutes and 37 seconds of the song are unnecessary, but that’s exactly what Del Rey intended it to be. She describes the album as a “mood record”. It allows you to take a moment. To have a deep thought while the guitar lingers off for a couple of minutes.

What I love most about this album is that she’s being real with us. With Lust For Life she gave her fans what they wanted. She wasn’t being honest or being her true self. On this record she’s dealing with her past, but also with the state of our society. The songs stem from her desire to reflect, so she couldn’t have ended with a better song than “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it”.

Norman Fucking Rockwell is the embodiment of the age we live in. A subtle look into the past, into the world we are destroying. It’s her being 100% real and telling us that we’re pretty much fucked. That’s why I love her, and that’s what makes this record genius.

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