Blue Banisters Goes Beyond Expectations

Vanessa Albino, Editor-in-Chief

Lana Del Rey (finally) releases “Blue Banisters,” and it's worth the wait - The Miami StudentLana Del Rey’s newest album of the year, Blue Banisters, intricately portrays the inconsistent, beautiful, and sometimes confusing feelings that encompass femininity. With her debut song, Arcadia, delving into Del Rey’s constant longing for a home, it’s the perfect song to start this album with.

Her melodic hums and saccharine tone give the listener a brief glimpse into her soul, both feeling incomplete and empowered by her femininity. A standout song in this album would without a doubt have to be Thunder. Previously unreleased and a collaboration with The Last Shadow Puppets, Thunder depicts a burning relationship, passionate and fiery however destructive and impairing Del Rey’s judgment. “Baby keep me ablaze/ Honey if you’re on fire/ you’re on fire, just keep me alive,”  she intensely belts. Blue Banisters offers Del Rey’s uniquely dark perspective on love, something her past albums have previously touched upon.

She juxtaposes the instability in her relationships with her need to settle down and find somewhere to truly call home. Albeit, some of Del Rey’s lyrics have had a profoundly negative effect on listeners. Lyrics such as You name your babe Lilac Heaven/After your iPhone 11/’Crypto forever scream your stupid boyfriend/F**k you, Kevin,”  have done nothing but left avid fans of Del Rey perplexed.

Songs, such as If You Lie Down With Me  give listeners a taste of Del Rey’s neediness, always yearning to feel reciprocated love, a topic she brings up frequently. If You Lie Down With Me is an allegory of the phrase “if you go, take me with you” exemplifying her codependency, Del Rey is willing to get broken apart in order to feel loved. 

Previously touched on in past interviews and in her poetry collection Violent Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the fact that Del Rey has always had a deep connection to Los Angeles. To some, LA is everything that’s wrong with the world — gossip, celebrities, drugs, but Del Rey finds solace within the dirtiness. Many of the songs in this intriguing album can all be connected back to Del Rey’s ever-growing need to find somebody who can fulfill her in every way possible. Many  have a juvenile feel to them, taking fans back to the Born to Die era of her career, where childhood purity was something she had always sought for.

Although to some, this album presents a lackluster attempt at being poetic, overall this album has stellar high points and while some songs miss the mark, this album presents an astute representation of the ups and downs of love.