THE LATEST ALBUM RELEASES RATED AND REVIEWED
LANA DEL REY – NORMAN F***ING ROCKWELL ★★★★★
YEARS since her breakthrough hit
Del Rey has the confidence to take a wide step away from the rest of her peers, and this is a jaunt through hazy, classic rock-inspired, ethereal, majestic, hypnotic, anthemic folky-pop, her voice floating like chiffon across each intriguing track.
From the nearly 10-minute long mesmerising Venice Beach, filling your heart and soul with the warmth of a sun-dappled Californian sunset, to the melodic and retrosounding The Greatest and the haunting Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have It, Del Rey proves detractors wrong. If she even has any.
– FREE ★★★★★
FREE is a work of performance art. The titular track, also the first single, is a short jazz-like piece with Pop pondering over the top. “I wanna be free” is both a longing phrase and a swift change from his last sound. There is a definite melancholy running through from beginning to end.
At times an almost Bowie-esque tone runs into the Beatnik throng come lounge room croon that is the 2nd single James Bond.
The emotion in Pop’s vocals on Page as he cries over humanity and places himself in the universe as we move so far away from where we used to be. This is a cracking entry in a 59-year career.
– RUBBERBAND ★★★★★
1985, it is perhaps the
Chief’s most mythologised
Ditched after three months’ work by his record label, Warner Bros, the tapes languished in the archives. They have finally been restored 28 years after his death by Davis’s drummer nephew Vince Wilburn Jr and original producers Randy Hall and Attala Zane Giles. Lalah Hathaway, daughter of Donny, and Ledisi take the parts originally written for Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau.
Gems like the suspenseful See I See and opener Rubber Band Of Life feature a potent of low-swung rhythms and Davis’s twisting trumpet runs. More than a curio for die-hard fans.