Album Review // Lana Del Rey // Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Lana Del Rey released her ninth studio album Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. under Interscope and Polydor Records in March. Lana has a special way of connecting with her fans — especially hopeless romantics — and giving them exactly what they want every time. With hints of lo-fi, alternative, and psychedelic pop, the record solidifies her individuality and unique sound, making it difficult to pin under one genre. Fans and music critics have nicknamed the work Ocean Blvd. for convenience; the singer has a penchant for lengthy, intricate titles — for example, "Grandfather please stand on the shoulders of my father while he's deep-sea fishing" (aka Track 11). In true Lana fashion, the 16-song tracklist is ethereal yet heartbreaking. The eponymous lead single of the album, for example, echoes the lonely refrain: "Don't forget me / When's it gonna be my turn?" The twelfth track and my personal favorite, "Let The Light In," stands out for its optimistic, dreamy chord progression speaking on a secret love story. With poetic lyrics, meaningful storytelling, and gentle vocals, her latest album is yet another masterpiece in Lana Del Rey's dense discography.