Review: Lana Del Rey’s New Album Delivers Serene Listening Experience | Way of life
Two years after releasing her sixth studio album “Norman F —— Rockwell !,” Lana Del Rey is back to make 2021 a year her fans will never forget.
Del Rey published “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass” last year, a New York Times first bestselling poetry book. This career move sparked enthusiasm for her seventh studio album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”.
In October 2020, Del Rey gave fans the first sample of what to expect from his new album by releasing his debut single “Let Me Love You Like A Woman,” which was produced by Bleachers frontman and collaborator. frequent Jack Antonoff, known for his work with Taylor Swift.
The highly anticipated “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” was released on March 19th. While this new album lacks the theatricality and multi-layered instrumentals fans loved on their previous album, the new album offers stripped-down sounds and personal stories that paint a vivid description of Del Rey’s past endeavors.
The album begins with “White Dress,” one of the greatest introductions to an album fans will ever hear. The emotions in Del Rey’s voice as she reflects on her life before fame in the music industry makes this opening track the highlight of the album. The chorus of “White Dress” shows Del Rey’s willingness to step out of her signature Americana – a unique change she brings.
The title song, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” sets the mood for the rest of the listening experience. The serene nature of the track, mixed with Del Rey’s explanation of his astrology chart, makes for a great, easy listening moment. The release feels like an ode to her second studio album “Ultraviolence”, as the hazy and brash instrumental sounds seem to have featured on her 2014 song “West Coast”.
“Tulsa Jesus Freak” is a prime example of Del Rey’s fearless risk-taking ability by applying auto-tuning to some of his vocals on the track. Autotune is an unexpected match for Del Ray, but the portions using the vocal amplifier add texture to the silent production.
“Wild at Heart” highlights Del Rey’s enhanced vocal range. On the trail, she lets her lover know that she’s a free spirit, so if they really love her, they’ll come to terms with her spontaneous nature.
One of the most notable tracks on the album is “Dark but Just a Game”, as the smooth transitions throughout the song add to the emotional lyrics. The chorus, “We change all the time / The best have lost their minds / So I won’t change / I will stay the same,” reflects on the impact the music industry can have on artists. The theme of humility is refreshing, as Del Rey refuses to forget where she came from in order to stay grounded and create the music she feels most connected with.
The track, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” offers a glimpse into Del Rey’s thoughts of being on the road for extended periods of time. Del Rey conveys that while some see the journey as a sign that someone is lost on their journey, she sees it as a creative path with purpose. Del Rey’s multi-layered vocals combined with the acoustic guitar played by Antonoff make the track a memorable one.
The tracks “Yosemite” and “Dance Till We Die” sound like a return to the sound of Del Rey’s debut album “Born to Die”. The bridge to “Dance Till We Die” has a folk-rock moment which is another example of Del Rey’s courage to try a new sound.
“Breaking Up Slowly” is a beautiful duet between artist Nikki Lane and Del Rey. The couple have amazing chemistry and the lyrics are about the struggles of breaking up with someone you love without any regrets.
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” ends as strong as it started with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s 1970s classic “For Free”. The cover features artists Zella Day and Weyes Blood delivering incredible performances on their respective verses. It was a great way to end the album as it wrapped up the first chapter of a new musical journey beautifully.
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” is an excellent album which shows that the influences and sound of Del Rey are constantly evolving. Del Rey’s deeply personal songwriting and enhanced vocals shine through this album. With the next album “Rock Candy Sweet” to be released in June, Del Rey has laid the groundwork for the next step in his illustrious musical career.