ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lana Del Rey has created another album for her fans to obsess over and feel all their emotions to in a very literal way. ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ is the singer-songwriters sixth studio album and is her most cohesive record to date. Sticking to her very cinematic sad scaling, she soothingly sings over piano, guitar, light percussion and string arrangements throughout this album which gives a very nostalgic and cinematic feeling. 

The singles ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’, ‘Fuck It I Love You’, ‘Doin Time’, ’Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have, But I Have It’ and the unnecessarily long nine minute ‘Venice Beach’ will be songs that her fans are already well acquainted with. But they really did paint a great introduction to what this album embodied, which is pure emotions.

When you pull this record apart there are a couple of songs that standout like ‘Happiness Is A Butterfly’ and ‘California’ but that’s not the way this record is meant to be experienced. She wants you to indulge yourself but listening to the full record from start to finish as that was the way it was created to be experienced. It’s a period piece. The lyrics are very honest and relatable to what is happening in the world at the moment and what is happening in her life. It’s a very literal record and the perfect one for you to immerse yourself in and daydream. 

If you do pull the songs out one by one, they aren’t that impressive. They are just little pretty songs filled with emotion but the context and impact comes when you listen to it all together. 

There are a lot of critics saying that this is her best record yet, but that’s a bit of a stretch. ‘Born to Die’ and ‘Ultraviolence’ still hold onto that title but this is definitely her most cohesive record to date. 

You can purchase a physical copy of ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’ from Sanity HERE; https://www.sanity.com.au/products/2432136/Norman-Fucking-Rockwell—NFR 

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