Here I am, yet again, gushing over the latest Lana Del Rey album, and I am not mad about it in the slightest.
Since I was in Junior High, I have been blasting hits from “Ultraviolence” to “Norman Fucking Rockwell.” “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” is no different. This is an album you can both sob and do homework to, so it’s obviously a win-win situation.
This album has sort of the same tone that “Norman Fucking Rockwell” did, however, I still feel that nothing will ever beat that 2019 iconic album. Ladies, I do not recommend listening to this if you have been going through a breakup — simply because you will definitely cry.
The best way I can describe this album is comfortably nostalgic. I love the nostalgia I normally feel when listening to Lana Del Rey, this nostalgia is different. This album simply makes me want to text my ex, and had me balling at 2 a.m. in my room to “Breaking Up Slowly.” Specifically, healing to the line, “Don’t send me flowers like you always do, its hard to be lonely but its the right thing to do.” Like holy cow, what a line am I right?
I also felt myself falling slightly more in love with my life while listening to “Let Me Love You Like A Woman.” Mostly because it gave me vibes from the first Lana album I fell in love with — “Born to Die.” Side note: I feel like Lana Del Rey raised me in a way since I was blasting her iconic song lyrics at midnight in my room at the age 13.
It is also worth mentioning that Arkansas was MENTIONED in Lana Del Rey’s song “Tulsa Jesus Freak,” which is actually insane in a way. “ We should go back to Arkansas/Trade this body for a can of gin, like a little piece of heaven…’Cause down in Arkansas, the stars are aglow.” These lyrics are really reminiscent of the album “Ultraviolence.” This song came out at the perfect time for me — just because the closer I come to leaving Arkansas, the more I am appreciating this quiet state that I spent my entire life resenting. It is comforting to know Lana finds this little state comforting from the tribulations that California brings.
Some of these songs are significantly happier than her normal ones, which, in a way, feels totally normal in this pandemic-era world we are living in where everything is a little upside down.
“Dance Till We Die” also reflects on life in the western country with mentionings of the Louisiana two-step and ranches. This song reminds me of “Young and Beautiful,” the soundtrack that landed on the latest remake of “The Great Gatsby.” I feel like it’s important to clarify that this is not a country album, I would never listen or praise anything of that nature — even if the queen, Lana Del Rey, wrote it and sang it herself.
I have written it before in articles, and I probably will write it again but good art makes me cry. This is why I feel such a connection to artists like Lana Del Rey, the words are powerful and meant to make you feel things — even if you don’t want to feel them.
This album does make me want to text my ex and cry, but it also makes me want to dance under the stars with my best friend again. It makes me want to experience life to the fullest, in the most pretentious way possible.