Next Best American Record From This Proud Venice B*tch



Queen of Coney Island. Your national anthem. The girl with summertime sadness—Lana Del Rey. Lana Del Rey recently released her sixth album, “Norman F**cking Rockwell! ( NFR!),” paired with a tour consisting of only eight stops. NFR! dives into a lot of topics such as love, lust, emptiness and even concern for the future.

The title of the album references late painter, Norman Rockwell, who often reflected on American culture. Lana Del Rey is known for having a 1960, patriotic aesthetic and she mentions a handful of iconic figures of American culture in her music. The album is a modern day culture icon nodding to another, while putting her own classic twist on it.

Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated return to Seattle electrified audiences at the WaMu Theatre on Oct. 2.The lights flipped off and the crowd immediately erupted into screams of adoration as she opened with the album’s title track, “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” a song about a man in her life who was rather childlike.

However, in the middle of the song Del Rey said, “But you know I’ve changed my mind,” hinting that Lana Del Rey may have had a change of heart about the man since the song was written. She has a mysterious presence and keeps people guessing about her personal life, teasing the crowd and keeping them guessing.

She smoothly transitioned into her next song off “NFR!,” “Bartender” is the opposite vibe of “Norman Fucking Rockwell” as she sings about love with her bartender, but this could also be an ode to the issues with alcohol in her past. Nonetheless, she sang with passion and beauty while her backup singers danced the chorus away.

Some of Lana Del Rey’s older songs were thrown in the mix, too, like one of her first studio singles, “Born to Die.” There was something cathartic about hearing Lana Del Rey’s angelic voice declare “the road is long we carry on, try to have fun in the meantime,” with the echo of emotion and affirmation from the crowd.

Lana Del Rey kept her show outfit minimalist, only wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, but she is not a simple person. She has some of the most fascinating lyrics and stories to tell. In the song “Ride,” Lana Del Rey explains her struggle with her mental health and what it feels like to live with “a war in my mind,” but to still try to live freely.

Usually at a concert, artists take time to thank people for coming out to their show and do a quick shout- out to the city, but Lana Del Rey expressed her love for Seattle. She went to Ohana Festival in May to watch Eddie Vedder, member of legendary Seattle band Pearl Jam, and wore her bracelet from the festival to give her a little bit of Seattle luck. Lana Del Rey also headlined Ohana fest with Pearl Jam back in 2016.

Perhaps it is because she was so happy to be in Seattle, or maybe because she loves her fans, but Seattle got some extra quality time with Lana Del Rey on Tuesday night. She performed two songs at the crowd’s request. She added on the song “Cinnamon Girl” and part of “Happiness is a Butterfly.” She tested the crowd, though, by making the crowd sing “Happiness is a Butterfly” before she sang it to make sure the audience knew the song.

Lana Del Rey never had a dull moment. She kept her mysterious, pure yet bad-girl aura, whether it was laying on the ground singing “Pretty When You Cry” to her sultry song “Cherry,” where she danced with a bit of striptease-style singing about the rush of love.

With a nine-minute song to end the show, she made sure she kept the audience captivated the whole time. The song “Venice B*tch” is a slow song, but in the middle there was an electric guitar solo with psychedelic screen effects behind her, making the crowd dizzy.

As Lana Del Rey sang “Signing off, bang bang, kiss kiss,” two cannons

shot out confetti across the crowd, making sure to end the show with a true bang. Looking up and feeling the confetti rain down while listening to Del Rey sing is an experience that can never be replaced. She made sure that her sign-off was more than just catchy lyrics, and that it was sealed with a kiss of confetti and her gratitude for Seattle’s enthusiasm.

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