Grammy-nominated artist Lana Del Rey recently released her eighth studio album “Blue Banisters” on October 22.
His album opens with the song “Text Book”. In this song, Del Rey alludes to his complicated relationship with his father. She remembers the past but seeks her future. Her voice in “Blue Banisters” still retains its melancholy and bewitching sounds. Del Rey holds her place while telling a story the only way she knows best – through poetry.
“Arcadia”, which is arguably the most popular song on the album, is from another world. She speaks of another world in the space where body and soul are finally connected. Del Rey also compares his own body to his current home in California. She finds meaning in life by escaping; this seems to be a central theme of the album.
Del Rey constantly mentions the City of Angels, another name for Los Angeles, in his music and compares himself to this image. What makes his music so interesting is his use of metaphors. In this song, his metaphors speak so much for a few words.
The album also delves into the battles she leads within. The songs are about what it means to be a single woman. In the song “Blue Banisters”, Del Rey questions his reason. The album leaves a lot of room for self-reflection. Empty evenings and lonely nights are some of the metaphors she conjures up on the record.
Another song that I found profound was Violets for Roses. In this song, she talks about overcoming a toxic relationship. Del Rey is known to frequently mention flowers in her music. Interestingly, violets are known for their wisdom. It makes you wonder if there is something deeper in the metaphor. As if a toxic relationship had made her stronger after she left her. The song also mentions, “When the masks are off, it makes me so happy.” This line can be a nod to the late 40s and a difficult era for Del Rey. Overall, the lyrics of this song are robust and have strong poetic overtones.
Del Rey is constantly evolving. Some of the best music critics say it’s his best album yet. I would say in all honesty that this album is very well written and composed. However, it’s hard to say that her recent release is as good as her 2019 album, “Norman F *** king Rockwell”. The melody and the choruses seem more developed in this album. Keep in mind that it all depends on personal opinion.
No one can deny from a musical point of view that “Blue Banisters” hits the mark. With songs like “Cherry Blossom”, it almost feels like Del Rey is singing a diary entry she wrote herself.
All in all, I would tell music lovers to turn on their Spotify and listen to this album. I also strongly recommend listeners to listen to his past work. This album is good, but it would be better to listen to his earlier works before this one. Overall I would give this album an 8.5 / 10.