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Norman Fucking Rockwell!  

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  1. 1. What are your favourite tracks from NFR?

    • Norman Fucking Rockwell
      274
    • Mariners Apartment Complex
      262
    • Venice Bitch
      386
    • Fuck It, I Love You
      269
    • Doin' Time
      187
    • Love Song
      281
    • Cinnamon Girl
      397
    • How to Disappear
      150
    • California
      414
    • The Next Best American Record
      156
    • The Greatest
      365
    • Bartender
      285
    • Happiness is a Butterfly
      291
    • hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it
      149


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hi this might be random, but i was able to write a review on NFR! for my college's newspaper. it's short and rushed and i missed a lot of points cuz the deadline was quick, but i figured some of you might want to read it. also, i obviously had to sensor some songs like FIILY and VB. anyway, happy reading! 

 

 

The alternative singer and songwriter, Lana Del Rey, released her sixth studio
album “Norman Rockwell!” or “NFR!” on August 30. NFR! has already gotten
high-praise from music critics and websites. It is her highest-rated album on
Metacritic with a total score of 87.

Del Rey starts the record off strong with an alluring, yet slightly vulgar song,
which is also the title track. The beginning starts off with gorgeous instrumentals
that sound straight out of a Disney film.

The next two tracks, “Mariner’s Apartment Complex” and “Venice”, were released
in September of 2018. Though, introduced a year ago, the songs have not seemed
to age. “Venice” one of Del Rey’s most unique songs to date being almost ten minutes
in length and full of psychedelic instrumentals.

“I love you” is the fourth song on the record which has an upbeat, surf-guitar
vibe to it. Even though she frequently refers to mortality in the song, her
dreamy vocals seem to mask the dark undertones.

Afterwards, comes Del Rey’s cover of “Doin’ Time” from the California-based
band, Sublime. Although not as classic as the original, she does put her own
spin on the summertime song. If still alive today, Bradley Nowell would definitely
support her take on the track.

The sixth track of NFR! is called “Love Song” which, fittingly titled, is an ode to
her partner. It is a simple and somber track for Del Rey, yet hauntingly beautiful.
One of the best lines from the songs states, “You know that I’d just die to make
you proud.” It is a bit dark, but entirely relatable for anyone who is in or has
experienced a relationship.

“Cinnamon Girl” comes next in the track-list and seems to be one of the most
popular songs on the album. The song is much more upbeat and seems like it
could fit on her first record, “Born to Die”.

Next, is “How to Disappear” which is probably my least favorite due to some of
the instrumentation. That being said, I still love and appreciate the song for what
it is, especially lyrically.

Out of all the songs on NFR!, “California”, has taken the number one spot for me
personally. The verse starts out slow with just piano, but then the chorus explodes
with Del Rey’s impactful, monotone voice. Both lyrically and sonically, it is an
amazing song.

“The Next Best American Record” comes after and is another song that begins
slow with just acoustic guitar, but then climaxes into a heavy chorus.

The eleventh song, “The Greatest”, contains a dark theme about the current
world. Analyzing the lyrics makes it appear to be a track about the end of the
Earth. Del Rey even name-drops rapper Kayne West, describing him as “blonde
and gone”.

“Bartender”, the third to last song on the album, is another favored track of mine.
It is a song that can potentially grow on its listener. The lyrical content reflects
Del Rey’s strong songwriting skills. In a previous interview, she describes “Bartender”
as a weird track.

Once again, Del Rey combines gloomy lyrics with gorgeous vocals and instrumentation
in “Happiness is a Butterfly”. In the pre-chorus she sings, “If he’s a serial killer than
what’s the worst that can happen to a girl who’s already hurt”. Though, she sings this
with such a sweet tone that the listener could almost look past the tragic context.

Finally, the record closes with “Hope is a Dangerous Thing...”. It is Del Rey’s most stripped
down song in her discography. With only piano for instrumentation, she references
herself as a “24/7 Sylvia Plath” and talks about having hope as a “women like her”.

Overall, in my opinion, this is Lana Del Rey’s most raw and real album so far. It displays
her best songwriting yet. “Norman Rockwell!” beats all her past records and has
been moved to my favorite record of hers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 


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im listening to the album on a Sony srs speaker and it literally sounds amazing and so full. what lana tried to convey with this album really comes out on a speaker

 

Interesting? I mean all her other albums sounded great on any platform I was listening to them, whether it was in my car, with headphones or on speaker? NFR is a good record, but that production ain't all it. Also I wonder with what kind of cheap microphone it was all recorded with tbh.


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Interesting? I mean all her other albums sounded great on any platform I was listening to them, whether it was in my car, with headphones or on speaker? NFR is a good record, but that production ain't all it. Also I wonder with what kind of cheap microphone it was all recorded with tbh.

its just jacks style of mixing. He likes to leave everything very unmixed and raw sounding

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I've been listening to it on cheap ($10) headphones, and it sounds pretty great to me. Then again, my ears may  not be what they once were, and I've spent all of my time not listening to NFR, listening to underground punk and heavy metal records, so that might be a factor.


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anyone have any advice on editing photos to look more like the way neil krug's photos do??

i don’t remember what it was exactly, but i think someone was able to achieve a similar effect by stretching /distorting a wood grain texture over the pic? or clouds or water, i don’t remember but in general i think it was probably wood grain. i can’t remember where i saw this but if you search “how to neil krug” or something on this site i have a feeling it’ll be in the resources thread lol

 

edit: and recoloring the pic even if you already have a color version, put it in b&w and don’t try to be super exact when choosing colors trying to make them “realistic” it’s quirkier when the colors are off

 

edit no.2 lol: tbh flowers, trees, paint strokes, spills/splash textures, fire etc all would work well. esp using nature as a double exposure type effect


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Interesting? I mean all her other albums sounded great on any platform I was listening to them, whether it was in my car, with headphones or on speaker? NFR is a good record, but that production ain't all it. Also I wonder with what kind of cheap microphone it was all recorded with tbh.

 

I agree. 'Cinnamon' especially sounds thick and muffled, as if it were recorded with a pillow over the mic, unlike, say, TG. I like the arrangement on 'Cinnamon,' but the engineering is awful. Compare it to ‘Hope.’

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