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Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails over the Country Club

July 2, 2021

I am not a long time fan of Lana Del Rey, but she made my best of 2019 with Norman Fucking Rockwell. At the time I said: “I feel like I should be a fan:

  • I take female artists seriously (Joni Mitchell rivals Dylan for my favorite artist)
  • I am a big fan of current female pop stars
  • I love dreamy slow songs
  • Mazzy Star is one of my favorite bands
  • Cat Power’s The Greatest is one of my favorite albums”

I guess I can now add Jack Antonoff production (Taylor Swift among others) to the list of reasons I should like Lana Del Rey.

As best I can tell Lana is not changing or doing something different with Chemtrails over the Country Club, but perfecting her brand of melancholic, atmospheric and dreamy pop. Lana Del Rey barely sings – she whispers and purrs and it totally works.

Her lyrics are just as strong as the music. Most songs are mini novels. Per Wikipedia:

“Her music is noted for its stylized, cinematic quality and exploration of themes of sadness, tragic romance, glamor, and melancholia, containing many references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.”

Wikipedia

I like this album even more than Norman Fucking Rockwell. It seems more sonically interesting and lyrically more engaging. It also helps that it has a bit of a Joni Mitchell vibe. I suspected after listening to Norman Fucking Rockwell that Lana must be a Joni Mitchell fan. On Chemtrails over the Country Club there is no question. She name checks her and covers Joni’s “For Free” – one of my favorite Joni song’s. “For Free” features Zella Day and Weyes Blood (two singers I am not familiar with). It is a pretty straight cover.

And then there is Nikki Lane. “Breaking Up Slowly” is a country song written and performed by Lana and Nikki. I am a huge Nikki fan so this is a real treat.

If you have never listened to Lana Del Rey, this is a great place to start. If you are a long time fan, you will not be disappointed.

From → Music Reviews

One Comment
  1. The album cover is out there. I would buy the record just for the name alone. ” Chem-trails Over The Country Club” great name for a band. She is influenced by some of the greats of the past, so that alone makes her a cool chick.

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