Between the euphoria and feelings of extreme nostalgia, the love song has become his domain. It is the same past master in the matter. In his new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell , the air nonchalant, sad and melancholic as we know him from Born to die, his first album, in 2011, is more present than ever. It is also because of the main topic of the latter, the decline of America.

We may compare Norman Fucking Roswell the vision of a seaside resort in September when the crowd is gone by then, leaving behind her the nostalgia of a new been completed. It is the same look disenchanted as the singer’s 34-year-old poses on its environment in california where she has moved. The american dream is no longer the place to be. In California, she singer turns to a close with a speech that could apply to the country. “ You don’t ever have to be stronger than you really are. When you’re lying in my arms and honey.” An echo of criticism that one hears in the title Looking for America (not present on the album) composed and published a few days after the shootings in El Paso.

Godzilla in a short dress

The hair puffy like in the 60s, the eye dressed in false eyelashes and surrounded by eye-liner, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey’s real name, raises, as usual, the foundation of his activism. From the title of the album, a reference to Norman Roswell, cartoonist, America’s happy, that of opulence, of the dream completed .

And everywhere in the album, melodies that make you want to fall madly in love as in Fuck it I love you in Love Song or in Venice Bitch , and are as much declarations of love that screams of desperation. Of note, the presence of a very nice recovery of Doin’ time of the group Sublime, in the clip in which the singer embodies a Godzilla in a short dress, who invaded a city in California and takes a super heroine vengeance.

The album is successful, successful. The magic of Lana Del Rey lies again in its ability to surround himself with big names of the music. After his collaboration with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys on the album Ultraviolence , it has this time worked with Jack Antonoff (Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, Pink…) who has produced and co-wrote Norman Fucking Roswell of which we can discover the titles in Paris on February 23, 2020 at the AccorHotels Arena, where the diva will give the capital a taste of the summer.

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