Review: Norman Fucking Rockwell! by Lana Del Rey

By Betsy Brossman

One of Fordham University’s most well-known graduates is back, bold, and better than ever with the release of her sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell! With the release of this retrospective record, Lana not only makes you nostalgic for an America you never knew, but also encourages listeners to become more active in changing the current state of this so-called freedom land. On the album, Lana mixes her sultry vocals with poetic references to literary icons such as Sylvia Plath, David Bowie, Elton John, and Joni Mitchell.

The true scope of her talent boldly shines through in her ability to captivate listeners and critics alike with dramatic piano ballads instead of the techno-pop beats increasingly dominating today’s top charts. On the title track, “Norman Fucking Rockwell”, Lana croons an ironic insult, “God damn, man-child,” as she toys with the idea of loving a man who is quite fun, yet is also much less mature than her – something all women can relate to.

Lana, like many famous American pop artists who precede her, has a keen sense of narrating her unique, feminist spirit through her tasteful references to pop culture amid the backdrop of hopeful love. The last song on the album is a 16-line poem called “Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – but I Have It.” Quite a bold way to conclude a pop album.

If anything is for certain, after listening to this album, you’ll have booked your next vacation to California and your dad’s 70s rock ‘n roll references will finally make sense. Put on your heart-shaped sunglasses, grab your Elvis Presley memoir, and head outside to lie on the grass listening to NFR!

Rating: 5 Q-Tips

Favorite Track: “The Greatest”

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