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She walked onto the stage of the Olympia, the lights reflecting off her honey-hued hair as 3000 hearts pounded in sync. The room filled with an electrifying anticipation. After years of silence, Lana Del Rey, the ethereal queen of indie pop, was back. The return, manifesting through her new album, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” sent tremors throughout the global music community. More than 400,000 ardent fans vied for a seat in the legendary Parisian venue.

Flashback to 2012, when the world was first introduced to Lana Del Rey’s distinctive blend of cinematic nostalgia and dark romance. She debuted with “Born To Die,” a global sensation, rocketing her from relative obscurity to interstellar stardom. Critics were enamoured by her rich, melancholic voice and lyrics imbued with tales of love, loss, and Americana.

The sultry chanteuse forged a unique aesthetic by merging the contemporary indie scene with a nostalgic return to Hollywood’s golden age. Her mournful soundscapes were juxtaposed with glamour reminiscent of the 50s and 60s, with a hint of an existential twist. It was this compellingly moody fusion that made her an instant sensation.

Lana Del Rey’s music was not just a collection of songs but a portal to a beautifully tragic universe of her creation. Her fans loved her ability to evoke an ocean of emotions, narrate vivid stories, and provide an audacious sonic experience. Each record was a journey into her mind and heart, resonating deeply with those who listened.

Therein lies the crux of her allure: the connection she forged with her listeners, her uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of an era, to voice the yearnings of countless hearts, and to do so with a timeless style and an inimitable grace. This is the tale of Lana Del Rey, a singer, a storyteller, and an icon who, in her return, has once again captured the world’s attention. She is back, and all the fans worldwide, including myself, are in paradise.

The Gangsta Nancy Sinatra – a trailblazer in the music industry.

As the echoes of Lana Del Rey’s ethereal hit “Video Games” filled the room, it marked the beginning of an era of vintage glamour infused with modern grit. From the moment that hypnotic melody intertwined with her melancholic vocals, the music world knew it was witnessing the rise of a unique talent. “Video Games” was a mesmerizing brew of lo-fi glamour and heartbreak, a paean to love and loss that ushered in the arrival of a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra”.

Del Rey, born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, crafted a persona and sound that stood as a stark counterpoint to the brash pop and dance music of the early 2010s. It was a fusion of the sultry allure of a Hollywood femme fatale and the world-weary sentimentality of an indie singer-songwriter. This amalgamation shone through in her music and sartorial style—floral dresses and chunky jewellery, cat-eye makeup, and beehive hairdos, all harking back to the mid-20th century.

Lana Del Rey @ Grammy Museum 10/13/2019 Author Justin Higuchi from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Her distinctive vocal style, which ranged from smoky lower registers to lilting highs, was akin to a forgotten vinyl record in the digital age. Her poetic yet starkly realistic lyrics often painted vivid pictures of despairing love, tragic heroines, and existential musings against the backdrop of Americana.

Her discography spanning eight studio albums and numerous singles, has consistently blurred the lines between the mainstream and the avant-garde. Take her album “Ultraviolence”, for instance; it was an odyssey of Del Rey’s haunting voice married with Dan Auerbach’s reverb-drenched guitar that elevated her signature melancholic sound to new heights. The title track, “Ultraviolence,” painted a portrait of a tormented woman entrapped in an abusive relationship, a dark ballad that showcased Del Rey’s uncanny ability to romanticize pain.

Later, her track “Venice Bitch” from the album “Norman F***ing Rockwell” demonstrated her prowess in experimental music. The nearly ten-minute-long epic swirled psychedelic guitars around her dreamy vocals and explored themes of love, time, and the ephemeral nature of life.

Yet, her 2019 album “Norman F***ing Rockwell” truly encapsulates her artistic journey. It saw Del Rey reaching new creative peaks, her wistful storytelling paired with Jack Antonoff’s lush production. The album was universally acclaimed, with critics praising its social commentary and introspective lyrics, demonstrating her evolution as an artist and ability to reflect the societal zeitgeist.

Del Rey’s unique ability lies in her skill to create deeply resonating, nostalgic, yet contemporary music. Her narrative threads echo the grandeur of old Hollywood while retaining a modern sharpness, her words speaking to a generation grappling with existential angst amidst the chaos of the digital age. Her music has been a siren call for those longing for authenticity, vulnerability, and exploring the darker shades of human emotion.

In the era of ephemeral music trends, Lana Del Rey’s distinctive style, bold storytelling, and enduring impact in the music landscape set her apart. She is a vintage soul singing to the rhythm of a modern world, her voice a haunting echo of past, present, and future. As she returns with her latest offering, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” it’s evident that Lana Del Rey continues to chart her course, ever the enigmatic star in the pop music constellation.

A new album, A new chapter

“Dressed in an aura of mystical melancholy, Lana Del Rey’s latest album, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” is a masterclass in poetic storytelling. It’s as if the singer-songwriter has distilled the essence of a timeless summer romance and paired it with a nostalgic road trip through the American landscape.


The album unfolds like a whispered secret. Lana Del Rey’s voice carries the narrative, capturing the grandeur of love and the bittersweet taste of loss. The notes are woven together to form a sonic tapestry that’s as intricate as it is evocative. Her vocal style, haunting yet angelic, offers an intimate insight into the depths of her soul.

The album’s central theme is a poignant exploration of uncharted physical and emotional territories. Ocean Blvd, symbolic of both a location and a state of mind, encapsulates the yearning for lost innocence, a characteristic of Del Rey’s oeuvre.

“The songwriter’s ninth album is heavy and disarmingly truthful, yet expands its close lens thanks to her wide-ranging, alluring aesthetic looseness”

The Guardian

The album opener sets the tone, with Del Rey’s vocals soaring over sparse yet haunting instrumentation. From there, the record takes listeners on a sonic journey, its narrative exploring the liminal space between dreams and reality. The intricate melodies and layered arrangements create a symphony of emotions that resonates deeply with the listener.

One of the standout tracks is likely the heart-wrenching ballad midway through the album. Del Rey’s voice seems to echo from a different era, her lyrics painting vivid pictures of lost love and longing.

“Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd” further cements Del Rey’s status as an unparalleled storyteller. It’s an album that’s unabashedly vulnerable and profoundly human. Its masterful blend of melodrama, romanticism, and Del Rey’s signature brand of ‘sadcore’ music creates an intimate experience that’s both soothing and thought-provoking.

“Lana Del Rey Plunges Into the Deep, but Never Abandons the Shallow”

The New York Times

In summary, Lana Del Rey’s latest album is a testament to her musical prowess and unique narrative style. With “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” she again proves why she is one of the most revered artists of her generation.

The Olympia in Paris: About Last Night

After a decade-long hiatus, the enchantress of indie-pop, Lana Del Rey, finally returned to the city of lights to regale her ardent fans with a captivating mix of her iconic hits and poignant ballads. The siren of “Video Games” returned triumphantly to Paris, marking her first headliner gig since her last rendezvous with the city in 2013.

Her arrival in Paris created a stir of epic proportions. The event, unexpectedly announced ten days prior, saw its 3’000 tickets sell out within minutes. A staggering more than 400’000 fans flocked to Ticketmaster, vying for a golden ticket when they were released a week prior. The frenzy didn’t stop there, as the resale market spiralled, with tickets on being offered from a hefty 590 euros to a whopping 10,000 euros. All this starkly contrasts the original ticket prices listed on the Olympia site, which ranged from a relatively modest 98.30 euros to 194 euros.

Under the dome of the historic Olympia, on the balmy evening of July 10th, Del Rey turned the passage of time into mere trivia. This American pop prodigy wasted no time reacquainting herself with the Parisian crowd, offering a spectacular performance transcending mere songs into an immersive sonic experience. The venue was a cauldron of electrified anticipation, brimming with an audience whose fervour bordered on the feverish.

From die-hard fans to casual listeners, the Olympia was a shared heartbeat that night, an eager witness to the comeback of a pop star who, with her haunting melodies and evocative lyrics, transformed the summer evening into an unforgettable musical reverie.

She closes the concert with the iconic “Video Games”, leaving the audience in a ceremonial trance. They could have pursued singing that song for hours, but as all good things end, Lana Del Rey left the room like a daydream. Once she was gone, we only wanted one single thing: to dream again.

José Amorim
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