Lana Del Rey’s brotherly solidarity and 10 more new songs – .

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Lana Del Rey’s brotherly solidarity and 10 more new songs – .


“Blue Banisters,” released Friday, is Lana Del Rey’s ever-prolific second album released this year, and its melodically traveling title track feels like a sort of spiritual sequel to “Dance Till We Die” from her previous album, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club. Del Rey’s music has recently taken on a sort of coterie of female first names, giving many of his songs an insular yet welcoming feel. If “Dance Till We Die” was a kind of matriarchal fellowship with some of her musical heroes (“I pick up Joni and dance with Joan / Stevie’s call on the phone”), “Blue Banisters” finds her getting along with a bit. help from his less famous friends. This vaporous and inquisitive piano ballad reflects on a choice between settling into the femininity of a conventional wife and living a more hectic and lonely artist life: “Most men don’t want a woman with a heritage.” Del Rey sings, citing her friend Jenny’s pool side. reveries. At the end of the song, however, she found a third option, neither in love nor alone, surrounded by “all my sisters” who come together to paint her railings a different shade than her ex once preferred. Despite all the criticism Del Rey leveled early in his career for bringing up the loneliness of embodying a male fantasy, it was fascinating to watch his music gradually transform into a space warmed by romantic friendship and female solidarity. . LINDSAY ZOLADZ

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