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WGHS students rode on the “Rey Rollercoaster” of childhood memories and romance in the album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd?.
by Ansleigh Hester and Mackenzie Ragan
When this album was released, it showed a new side of Lana that people think she was afraid to share. It is blossoming flowers of emotion and is beautiful. Violet Henrich, WGHS Junior, shares, “Her new album is transcending for everyone around my age.” Sophomore Shannon Hayes agrees, “I love the cover art and the aesthetic of [the album].”
Lana Del Rey has been an iconic role model for many girls. Especially around this age, they tend to feel her dialect. Henrich agrees, “I don’t think she’s one genre of music. I don’t think she’s pop or alternative. She has a very wide musical range.” Sophomore Kallisa Wilson gives insight on why she loves Rey, “She’s a queen and my female crush.” Junior Victoria Raphael says, “She is different from other singers.”
A lot of the students' favorite songs came specifically from the latest hits, but some were farther down the road of Lana’s career. Henrich, again adds, “'Margaret' is my favorite. It was very sweet.” Freshman Olivia Skipper, enjoyed “Doin’ Time,” a song in one of her older albums. “I started listening to her a year ago when my dad was playing it in the car." Shannon Hayes states that her favorite song was “Sweet.” She says, “I really enjoyed the lyrics and the beat overall.” Victoria Raphael says, “Her one ‘A&W’- that’s real, and ‘Diet Mountain Dew’- that’s real.”
The album was named “Did you know that there is a tunnel under Ocean Blvd.?” because there really is a place in Long Beach, California. Pitchfork introduces 5 takeaways from the album, one was about the name. “...an underground walkway to the beach, the Jergins Tunnel has been closed since the late ’60s.” Rey goes on to explain, “Would it probably, plausibly, get to the point where it became a body of work that made me a vessel that was sequestered to the point where only family would have access to the metaphorical tunnel [talking about the family lore related to the tunnel]?”
Album song reviews:
*DISCLAIMER: There is a parent advisory note on the album, and the VIRIDIAN review of the album is in no way an endorsement of the potentially questionable content and/or language in the songs. Listen at your own risk.
An element in this album that adds to the emotional value is the family lore. Lana writes about her family life in her songs.
“A&W” is a story of her childhood leading to now. LYRICS: I haven't done a cartwheel since I was nine, I haven't seen my mother in a long, long time. She reminisces about her past because the state she's in isn’t good.
“The Grants” might also have to do with her family [her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant]. LYRICS: A sister's first-born child, I'm gonna take that too with me, My grandmother's last smile, I'm gonna take that too with me. She will carry the memories of her family with her forever.
“Fingertips” is about her family and the questions about her future. ABC News explains it well, “Fingertips,” allows Del Rey to slowly ponder in a dreamy, strings-heavy ballad about her family’s death and legacy. LYRICS: Will I die? Or will I get to that 10-year mark?/Where I beat the extinction of telomeres?/And if I do, will you be there with me, Father, Sister, Brother?
The song “Margaret” in the album is about Jack Antonoff’s fiancé, Margret Qualley. NME mentions how Lana Del Rey [in an interview] revealed the intention of the song, “I was like, ‘You know what? I want to write a song for him.’ It lands right in the middle of the album. It’s funny, this album felt totally effortless.”
“Candy Necklace” is about obsessive love. It’s a roller coaster of emotion. It’s the ups and downs of a relationship that can be thrilling and destructive. LYRICS: God, I love you, baby Storyteller, us forever, Is my favorite song... Hate to say the word, but, baby, hand on the Bible I do, Feel like it's you, the one who's bringing me down.
“Sweet” is another example of love, but it’s the overthinking and the questions that every girl in a long term relationship has. LYRICS: Do you want children? Do you wanna marry me? Do you wanna run marathons in Long Beach by the sea? I've got things to do like nothing at all, I wanna do them with you.
Unfortunately Del Rey has suffered some backlash in recent months that caused her to push back the release date of Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, but she is pushing forward with her upcoming tour.
Lana Del Rey plans on going on tour in the years 2023 to 2024. She is most definitely going to an upcoming festival to perform. “Yes, Lana Del Rey is scheduled to make two major music festival appearances in 2023,” TickPickblog says. She is going to play the majority of the songs from her new album and some hits from her older line of music.
She is going to continue to send her beautiful lyrics, fashion, and personality to all the girls that look up to her.
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