|First posted 1/13/2021.|
Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Released: August 30, 2019
Peak: 3 US, 11 UK, 3 CN, 4 AU
Sales (in millions): 0.14 US, 0.1 UK, 0.29 world (includes US and UK)
Genre: alternative rock
Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
Total Running Time: 67:38
4.241 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)
Quotable: “The most majestic chapter of Lana Del Rey’s continuing saga of love and disillusionment under the California Sun.” – Fred Thomas, All Music Guide
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About the Album:
Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album came two years after she released Lust for Life in 2017. She revealed that the album was nearly ready in September 2018. Mariners Apartment Complex and Venice Bitch were released as singles that month, but it would be another year before the album emerged.
Flood magazine noted that Del Rey tackled larger themes than previously. WK Consequence of Sound characterized the album as “tales of complicated, consuming, romantic love, and overt odes to the tarnished dream of California.” WK No Ripcord called the album “a remarkably sharp pop record that retains her fascination with pop-culture iconography and the rosey simplicity of a post-war America where classic rock and blue jeans ruled and takes them to much deeper places.” WK All Music Guide said “the lush sonics and intimate narratives of Norman Fucking Rockwell! draw out hope from beneath desolate scenes.” AMG
Sonically, the album draws “on the influence of classic American pop while integrating modern touches like trap beats and millennial cultural references.” AMG It taps into ‘70s classic rock, folk rock, and minimalist trip hop, WK referencing Crosby, Stills & Nash; Eagles; Led Zeppelin; Joni Mitchell; Neil Young; WK and the “witchy mystique” AMG of Stevie Nicks. Slant magazine’s Sal Cinquemani called it “a heady collection of psych-rock and piano dirges.” WK
“Mariners Apartment Complex” and “the apocalyptic The Greatest sound…like the best of ‘70s FM radio reworked around [Del Rey’s] smoldering, exhausted vocals.” AMG She also serves up “a faithful reading of Sublime’s Doin’ Time” which fits her “moody approach, becoming an extension of her own expression rather than a goofy, ironic cover.” AMG
Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly said the album established Del Rey “as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.” WK Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield said she “as finally made her pop classic.” WK The end result is “the most majestic chapter of Lana Del Rey’s continuing saga of love and disillusionment under the California Sun.” AMG
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