Single Review: Lana Del Rey – Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It

Lana Del Rey goes deep on third track of upcoming album
Lana Del Rey does whatever the hell Lana Del Rey wants these days. After announcing that her new record, out in March, will be titled Norman Fucking Rockwell, she released the almost 10 minutes long single ‘Venice Bitch’. She now drops the third song of the record (the first was ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’ which she shared back in September) which has the incredibly long title ‘Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It’. The whole campaign so far sounds like a PR team’s worst nightmare, but Lana gets away with it because the melodies she delivers are still impeccable!

On the poetic new single, Lana Del Rey goes even deeper than usual. She touches upon her battle with depression as well as her past of alcohol abuse. The lyrics are strongly influenced by poet Sylvia Plath, whom she mentions in the chorus as well. On the piano based, Jack Antonoff produced ballad, Del Rey describes herself as ‘tearing around in my fucking nightgown, 24/7 Sylvia Plath, writing in blood on the walls’. She reviews her own whirlwind of emotions, concluding: “Don’t ask if I’m happy, you know that I’m not, but at best I can say I’m not sad.” It becomes clear more than ever before that Del Rey and her team are not looking for radio hits anymore. Norman Fucking Rockwell might well become her most introspective, experimental record to date!

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