“Chemtrails Over The Country Club” dropped on March 19 after keeping fans in suspense for months. It did not disappoint.
Lana Del Rey’s long awaited seventh studio album moved away from the iconically grand Hollywood-style living she was known for in exchange for smaller, more intimate moments. Her most folky, most singer-songwriter album yet, “Chemtrails” presents a more innocent, protagonistic Lana than we have seen in her previous albums.
Staying true to her roots as an American singer-songwriter, “Chemtrails” takes the audience on a tour of America at its best, a far departure from her previous album which The Atlantic called her “obituary to America.”
With Jack Antonoff as the returning producer after “Norman F******* Rockwell,” there is a similar undertone between the two albums. “NFR” and “Chemtrails” feel more melodic than her previous albums, with lighter, more instrumental songs and gentler vocals.
“Chemtrails” begins with “White Dress,” a song featuring vocals that seem to come a long way from her “Paradise” and “Born To Die” days. A song about a waitress reminiscent of her days before fame, she reintroduces the theme of purity and innocence that threads through her discography.
In the song “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” the nod to astrology caught me off guard. With such an older sounding album similar to “NFR” in its 70s folk pop style, the legitimate reference to her Leo moon and Cancer sun as an explanation for her wild, unpredictable nature contrasts with the overall heavily religious album.
From there, Lana continues presenting sweet, simple memories of life throughout America. From LA to Yosemite and then Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, she takes us deeper into the vision of America she sees and loves.
What surprised me about the album was how religious it was. “Chemtrails” is noticeably more religious and more loving than her other albums. She spends the first three songs referencing her relationship with religion, but that was enough for the whole album to have a religious undertone in my mind.
“Chemtrails” is a nostalgic album nodding to a simple American life. Lana Del Rey continues to play on the Miss America reputation she has established for herself, driving us further into a peaceful, traditional American life. An album for when you are happy or sad, “Chemtrails” takes a more innocent approach than her typical Lana fashion and instills a warm feeling of nostalgia in the listener.
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
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