Norman F****** Rockwell by Lana Del Rey

“Norman F****** Rockwell” is Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album, released on August 5th 2019 with much anticipation. When reviewing albums or other collections of music, I try and always give myself enough time to listen to the collection from beginning to end, multiple times. I think this is important because I am not here to give you only first impressions, but a complete review. Just as with the “Lover” album review I posted the other day, I will be discussing my top 5 songs from the album as well as covering the album as a whole.

super official ranking system

  1. Bartender
  2. hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it
  3. Venice B****
  4. Norman F****** Rockwell
  5. Happiness is a butterfly

Baby, remember, I’m not drinking wine
But that cherry coke you serve is fine
And our love’s sweet enough on the vine

Bartender, Lana Del Rey

I did not expect Bartender to be my favorite song from the album, but no matter how often I listened to the album, I always began with this one particular track. During this song, we can hear her doing something interesting with the word ‘bartender’ that stood out to me while listening.

A modern day woman with a weak constitution, ’cause I’ve got
Monsters still under my bed that I could never fight off
A gatekeeper carelessly dropping the keys on my nights off

hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it, Lana Del Rey

Wow is this title a mouthful, but it’s such a powerful title that I have to take the time to type the entire thing out each time. Not only is her voice so melodic and beautiful in this one (and every song on this album) but there is something to be said about the lyrics. It’s one thing to be a great vocalist but it’s another thing entirely to be a great songwriter as well as a vocalist. She and Jack Antonoff do a great job with this song.

And as the summer fades away
Nothing gold can stay

Venice B****, Lana Del Rey

This entire album seems to be a tour of nostalgia, traipsing different sounds and eras while remaining one cohesive collection. I recommend listening to the album in order for the first listen, then allowing the songs to play in shuffle the next time. In all honesty, each song should be on my super official ranking list but I had to pick which ones stood out to me for one reason or another. I don’t have anything negative to say about this album, if you liked her other music you will like this, and if you didn’t know her before you should definitely know her now.

What did you guys think of the album? Have you had a chance to listen to it yet?

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