At this point Lana del Rey is positioned as one of the most influential and important artists of the last decade. Everyone from Billie Eilish to Taylor Swift have named the singer one of the biggest forces and inspirations in the industry. And it is that Lana del Rey’s career and her art have not been easy and capturing her only vision has cost her but it has borne fruit.
On her ninth album, del Rey can feel more confident than ever in her music, her talent, and her fans. Curiously, the arc of the singer’s career is similar to the record: it is calmer, more intentional, with a unique rhythm and rebelliously quiet. Many of the songs here don’t have choruses or hooks, instead feeling like the result of Del Rey simply standing in front of a microphone and vibrating.
As in her first albums, the idea of death continues to haunt Lana del Rey’s lyrics. Elizabeth Grant, her real name, does nothing but delve into ideas from the past. The singer used everything she’s learned over the years to make an album that feels almost alive.
The project is Lana del Rey made an emblem of vulnerable femininity. In her own words, she is “a modern woman with a weak constitution”, in her most genuine and unprotected way. The singer said that she was nervous about sending the first sketches to producer Drew Erickson. And even in its final form, the material sounds like it’s for her ears only.
The album was made together with long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff . Additionally, it features collaborations from Father John Misty, Bleachers Antonoff, Tommy Genesis , Judah Smith, and Jon Batiste.
1. ‘The Grants’
2. ‘Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’
3. ‘Sweet’ 4. ‘AW’
5. ‘Judah Smith Interlude’
6. ‘Candy Necklace’
7. ‘Jon Batiste Interlude’
10. ‘Paris, Texas’
11. ‘Grandfather Please Stand On The Shoulders Of My Father While He’s Deep-Sea Fishing’
12. ‘Let The Light In (feat. Father John Misty)’
13. ‘Margaret (feat. Bleachers)’
15. ‘Peppers (feat. Tommy Genesis)’
16. ‘Taco Truck x VB’