Lana Del Rey: Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd – “A Nuanced, Yet Captivating, Album”
Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd”, is full of introspection and vulnerability, as the singer-songwriter grapples with themes of love, loss, and family throughout.
The album features some of Del Rey’s most personal and vulnerable songs to date, such as “Fingertips” and “Kintsugi,” where she explores her complex family history and inner struggles with trust and heartbreak. “I’m probably runnin’ away from the feelings I get. When I think all the things about them. Daddy, I miss them,” sings a grief-stricken Del Rey over a mellow piano.
“Sweet” and “Margaret,” which features Jack Antonoff as Bleachers, delve into themes of love, marriage, and parenthood, while “A&W” delivers a gripping self-examination that shifts from eerie balladry to gritty electronic beats. “Jimmy only love me when he wanna get high,” repeats Del Rey.
Listen to Lana Del Rey’s “A&W” below
Del Rey continues to push her musical boundaries with experimental tracks such as “Taco Truck x VB,” which reworks “Venice Bitch” from her previous album (Norman Fucking Rockwell!), and “Peppers,” which features guest artist Tommy Genesis and delivers a provocative exploration of desire and identity. The album also includes collaborations with a range of artists, including Father John Misty on “Let The Light In,” SYML on “Paris, Texas,” Jon Batiste on “Candy Necklace” and a spoken word interlude, and contemporary classical pianist RIOPY on “Grandfather please stand on the shoulders of my father while he’s deep-sea fishing.”
Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is a nuanced, yet captivating, album that showcases Del Rey’s storytelling prowess that continues to shine bright on her ninth studio record. While some tracks may take multiple listens to fully appreciate, the album is a testament to Del Rey’s ability to evolve musically.
Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is out March 24th, 2023, via Interscope and Polydor Records. The album is available to order here.