Lana Del Rey – Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd (Album Review)


Lana Del Rey – Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd (Album Review)

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Lana Del Rey has built her career on creating melancholic moods. Stepping into her professional career in 2005, she would make a big splash with albums like 2012’s in the following years. Born to Die. Del Rey, an album produced by perhaps her best-known hit “Summertime Sadness,” has continued to maintain her individuality while developing as an artist since 2013. extreme violence all the way to 2021 Blue ScarecrowQ. Reminding that each one is his own and uncompromising, Del Rey is returning with his ninth studio album in 2023. Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd?.

Released on March 24 via Interscope Records, the new collection consists of sixteen tracks lasting over an hour. A bold move given the shortened attention span of people in the modern world, hopefully this will be a practice to stretch one’s ability to focus. Still, the exhibition is worth it because not only is it lengthy, it also has a sense of humanity that the modern world seems lacking. How are you? As always, Del Rey remains authentic and this is evident from the opening song “The Grants”, which opens randomly and takes you to the recording studio to hear a warming sound. As a very refreshing and fun way to start, you’re taken to the full-blown track before the bittersweet piano-laden title track “Sweet” before being guided to “A&W”, which offers a last-minute touch of Hip Hop.

With more to explore, the “Judah Smith Interlude” offers a sermon that bridges the gap between “A&W” and “Candy Necklace.” The mood-altering “Candy Necklace” is another soft piano ballad that travels down memory lane and continues to drift into a dream world. Simply awesome, the inclusion of Jon Batiste adds that little extra something before the “Jon Batiste Interlude” that gives you a moment to gather your thoughts before “Kintsugi” tells another emotional story about the past.

Going deep at this point, “Fingertips” is full of self-pity and reflection and takes you on a journey into the depths of Del Rey’s soul. Meanwhile, the “Paris, Texas” lullaby continues with a waltz-like tone before the hopeful “Let the Light In” with guitar accompaniment and “Grandpa, please rest on my father’s shoulders while fishing in the deep sea”. Appropriate duet with Father John Misty. From here, Del Rey mixes it with the tearful “Margaret”, the charming “Fishtail”, the Hip Hop-laden “Peppers” featuring Canadian Rapper Tommy Genesis, and the gradually closer “Taco Truck x VB”.

Extremely thoughtful, Lana Del Rey has created a wonderful album filled with powerfully emotional music that walks the fine line between love and despair. You can feel the heartache and the bitter love in every word. All with deep, heartfelt expressions, Del Rey tells stories, brings back memories, and lets her mind wander. In general, she creates a heavy mood. Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd? it’s inevitable and that’s why Cryptic Rock gives this album 4 out of 5 stars.

Lana Del Rey – Did you know there is a tunnel under Ocean Blvd / Interscope Records (2023)?

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