New Lana Del Rey album a semi-masterpiece


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By Natalie VonderHeide

From waiting tables to falling in love, Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” strays away from the alternative singer’s typical music style. The slow medallic tracks in this album are meant to be enjoyed as you paint outdoors or drive with your windows down, and not meant to be added to your workout playlist. 

At first, I did not expect much from Del Rey’s new album, as she has fallen out of the true alternative persona and morphed into the pop category, but this album has brought her old world back to life. 

Starting with an apparent autobiographical track based on her early years, Del Rey’s “White Dress” follows her typical theme of summer while referencing bands such as Kings of Leon and the White Stripes, showcasing portions where the singer reaches the top of her range. 

Following is the more sublime, nostalgic title track which manages to make some of the more dull chores sound as if they are magical: “Washing my hair, doing the laundry/Late night TV, I want you only.”

The album’s stronger songs include “Wild at Heart,” which uses a more medallic approach, while “Tulsa Jesus Freak” follows Del Rey’s typical white-trash theme. My personal favorite is “Let Me Love You Like a Woman” as it produces a mood that makes you want to fall in love instantly with her slow and seductive voice. 

The songs between “Wild at Heart” and “Breaking Up Slowly” were very passed-over and not personal favorites to me, but the message that lies underneath the song is stronger than the percussion it is presented in. 

“Breaking Up Slowly” is not your typical breakup song as it goes in-depth about Del Rey’s love life and how this is the right decision for her: “It’s hard to be lonely, but it’s the right thing to do.”

Ending with “Dance Till We Die” and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free” featuring Zella Day and Weyes Blood, Del Rey finishes the album with the same amount of passion and pain as she started it with. 

For someone who has never listened to the artist’s work other than her pop hits “Summertime Sadness” and “Young and Beautiful,” I should not have begun with this album but rather with the album “Born to Die” to fully understand Del Rey’s style. 

To truly absorb the energy produced in this semi-masterpiece, surround yourself in a peaceful environment, away from others, possibly outdoors to connect with Del Rey as much as possible, and just escape your mind.