After months of delays, singer Lana Del Rey’s seventh studio album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” is finally here, serving us a new heartbreaking period of folk and country music. In collaboration with producer Jack Antonoff, the pair set the scene for a peaceful, yet lonesome summer.
Opening track “White Dress” is a great introduction to frame Del Rey’s next chapter. Here we see her reminiscing about her life as a waitress in Orlando, Florida before finding fame. I love it when artists talk about their past because it makes their music that much more vulnerable, and this song is no exception.
Although the accompanying music video is fairly simple and doesn’t have much production, I think it complements the song very well. Del Rey and other women are seen roller skating on an empty road while the beautiful lyrics play. The viewer can truly see how free she felt back then, but feels heavy considering how much time has passed and how much has changed.
In the title track, Del Rey sings about the picturesque life she wants in the suburbs. The sweet lyrics make me crave the calm summer evenings she describes. However, the music video tells a much darker story. The flawless housewives shown gallivanting around the country club are revealed to be werewolves at the end of the video. With stunning imagery and nods to Lana’s early life, this work of art reminds us that this lifestyle isn’t always perfect.
As someone who has been a fan for years, track “Yosemite” started to feel like an urban legend. In a 2017 Beats 1 interview, Del Rey said this track was cut from her fifth album “Lust For Life” and that “It was too happy. We’re not there yet.” After four years of listening to snippets, we finally have our hands on this beautiful song.
It was worth the wait because this is my favorite track on the album. Del Rey opens up about a relationship she thinks will stand the test of time. Although the lyrics are very bright, her low voice and the slow guitar strumming makes the listener feel lonely. Although these contradict, it creates a mix of emotions that is hard to find in other artists.
In the closing track “For Free,” singers Zella Day and Weyes Blood join the singer to deliver an almost heavenly conclusion. Del Rey is such a great standalone artist that it is very distracting when others appear in the music. So much so this divine song feels clouded by the different voices.
Part of me feels like this album isn’t exactly complete. With only 11 tracks, I feel like there is a larger narrative to explore. Although each track is brilliant on its own, the album feels a little disjointed compared to the masterpiece that was her previous album, “Norman F*****g Rockwell!” However, this album still has Del Rey’s signature poetic lyrics and cinematic production. I will always consider Del Rey to be one of the best songwriters of our time whose releases will always excite me.