Lana Del Rey, Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass (2020)
Well, 2020 has thrown up some strange curveballs but I didn’t figure it would be the year I finally owned a Lana Del Rey record. I won’t go too much into it but I guess it all started late last year when I heard her then-new album Norman Fucking Rockwell! And, as you can read in that review (I finally got to reviewing it earlier this year) I really liked it; my favourite. And she finally made sense to me. I was also curious that she had an audiobook/poetry book coming…turns out the Audible audiobook version of the poems was really good too. So in the context of a year where everything went out the window or perhaps actually wasn’t allowed to and got locked up and stored inside, I became a fan of Lana Del Rey. Not that I’ve gone back to hear the albums I didn’t care for. Not yet, anyway. What I liked about the audiobook of poems – released originally just through audible, now on vinyl and now also actually a book too – was the sound and feel of it as much as the content. She has a great voice for reading and the readings sound terrific with the music mixed just right. It’s in line with her songs and the persona that’s been built – but it’s also its own thing. I’m a sucker for a spoken word album – especially a good one. I’ll even check out the very bad ones. But before I committed to buying this on vinyl I decided I actually read the poems. I saw some criticism around them not really standing up as actual poems. I disagree – whilst I don’t love every single poem (and why would you or should you) I feel it really is a nice collection on the page too. And now I have it for my turntable. Which is exciting. And very 2020. Sitting back with nowhere to go and no interest in interacting particularly, listening to poems on my turntable. I like that.
Sample Track: LA Who Am I To Love You
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