Lana Del Rey latest album “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

Lana Del Rey latest album "Norman Fucking Rockwell"

For the last two centuries, profanity has been used to show disdain for a certain subject or object. Lana Del Rey is not someone to shy around her feelings or expressing herself, which is why we weren’t too surprised with the defiant name of her new album.

In 2017, she refused to perform in front of the American flag because of what it represented, deeming it inappropriate and preferred performing with a screen of static behind her. It was a bold, defiant move for an American singer. Lana Del Rey is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of this decade, by painting musical pictures of the rich American history that has been dominated by horrendous personalities.

Lana Del Rey’s latest album, “Norman Fucking Rockwell” arrived at the perfect time, as the American way of life and values is being rewritten before our eyes. As most of you already know, Norman Rockwell is a renowned American artist whose drawings portrayed the typical American Dream that everyone was searching for. For over forty years, his paintings were rendered on the cover of The Saturday Night Evening Post that was distributed throughout the States.

Lana Del Rey defies everything he stood for, by calling him Norman “Fucking” Rockwell, destroying the make believe world he painted on the minds and hearts of fellow Americans for years. She wants to take the veil off our eyes so we can see the reality of the world we are living in. It is not some fairy tale with happy endings.

The songwriter and crooner, Lana Del Rey plays with words to express her storytelling in her new album, by baring the souls of the millennial generation, the false freedoms and the absolute wreckage of having to be alive. But her album isn’t about despair. It is about the reality of accepting herself in order to change.

Lana Del Rey understands the challenges women face daily to be taken seriously and appreciated. She knows that the word, hope, can be diva sting, as it makes us have false expectations that only leads to one disappoint after another. But, in the last song of her album, she bellows out about how those around her try to drain her of her hope and power. Ending the song in her rare but beautiful blood-piercing falsetto, she says: “I have it, I have it, I have it.” Leaving the listener with the hope that the future will be brighter and better.

Even in her last album, Lust For Life, her last song pointed towards a positive hope for change in the future when she sang: “There’s a change gonna come, I don’t know where or when.” Apparently she was right, the change is coming and it is from within all of us, fighting inclusivity and equal rights, by changing the very system our parents and grandparents blindly followed.

Summed up, her latest album is about lighting that little flame of hope within all of us and together we can make the changes that the world needs urgently. The question is: Are you ready for a new America?

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