Lana Del Rey mixes strong instrumentals, sad lyrics in “Norman F—-ing Rockwell”

Daniel Scochemaro, Staff Writer

Lana Del Rey released her sixth full-length album, “Norman F—ing Rockwell,” and she is better than ever. The indie darling’s last release, “Lust For Life,” featured a few prominent artists, but the new body of work lets Del Rey’s voice, and only her voice, take center stage. The name of the project pays homage to illustrator Norman Rockwell and intends to symbolize the current situation in America.

“Norman F—ing Rockwell,” the album’s opening track, sets the mood with a beautiful set of violins. Del Rey sings about a partner she refers to as a “man child.” Blue is the color she associates with the partner inthe lyric, “your head in your hands as you color me blue.” She suggests that both Del Rey and her lover are sad.

The theme of Blue continues into the album with the song “Venice Bitch” saying, “paint me happy in blue, Norman Rockwell.” It is an oxymoron to be happy and sad at the same time, but Del Rey gives the illusion of being sad and painting herself happy.

Throughout the album, sadness is not the only emotion displayed on the record. Nostalgia also appears to contribute to the feelings of the album. In “Love song,” Del Rey hits the audience with familiar lyrics involving car rides and endless love. Del Rey wants to spend the rest of her life with her partner and is hoping they feel the same way. The lyric, “Now I’m here with you, and I would like to think that you would stick around,” is classic Del Rey.

The instrumental on “Norman F—ing Rockwell” is beyond beautiful. A perfect example of the heavenly production is “How to disappear.”Jack Antonoff, pop music mastermind and a huge contributor to the project, injects the song with drums, violin, guitar and more. The production accompanied by Del Rey’s sultry vocals will provide endless daydream material.

Overall, “Norman F—ing Rockwell” is one of Del Rey’s best projects. It may not have any notable features like “Lust for Life,” but it does not need any. The album flows perfectly with just Del Rey at the helm. The “Young and Beautiful” singer provided a boat load of lyrical content that fans can adore for the next few years. “Norman F—ing Rockwell” was written with care and meaning that can be felt throughout the album’s fourteen tracks. “Norman F—ing Rockwell”  is currently available to stream.

In her sixth studio album, Lana Del Rey creates some of her best work by relying on her sultry vocals and smart production.