Album Review: Lana Del Rey’s Blue Banisters

Cover art from Lana Del Reys album Blue Bannisters

Cover art from Lana Del Rey’s album Blue Bannisters

Zoey Carmody, Reporter

Lana del Rey has released her second album of 2021, marking her newfound character growth and music evolution. Following her previous album this year called “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” her new album contrasts in comparison, referencing modern-day controversies and showcasing a new honesty about herself.

In her new song “Beautiful” she states, “We can’t afford to change it, Don’t turn me into something I’m not,” and also in her new song “Violets for Roses” she states, “And God knows the only mistake that a man can make, Is tryna make a woman change and trade her violets for roses.”

From these lyrics we can gather that, in a very “Lana like fashion,” she is reflecting on past relationships in her life in which her partner was trying to make her into something she is not. Many of Lana’s romantic relationships have been put out on display through her music and have contributed to the popularity of her songs. In past songs, she has alluded to a complete devoutness to her partners, remaining independent while still doing everything in her power to make them happy. In this album, we see a new side to her feelings in which she is willing to admit she was not treated properly and explore the emotional growth that comes from that realization.

In her new song “Dealer” she passionately states, “I don’t wanna live.” She employs a causal sense of self-hatred and loneliness. The loneliness can be attributed to the lines also from this song, “Please don’t try my father either, He ain’t been home for years.”

This album encompasses everything that makes Lana Del Rey complicated and poetic while removing the aesthetic chains and false honesty that we have seen from her before. I’m looking forward to seeing the continuous character growth in the evolution of her future music.