Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Grae Stockhausen

Lana Del Rey just recently released her 7th studio album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club, on March 19th. This album was hinted at when her single, “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” was released. In all of her albums, there are themes of dark relationships, abuse, and “daddy issues”, as it’s called today. Rey brings up how most of the stories in her songs are from personal experiences. Her albums have 90s country themes, the lyrics and use of instruments remind you of an old rundown town in Arkansas. 

In her newest album, she goes more into the 70s folk-pop theme she had been keeping up. Rey talks about physical appearances a lot in her songs, colored dresses, and perfume. Her songs are about love and falling for older men, her “daddy issues” showing. All of the songs repeat the same theme, love, alcohol, and abuse. 

Rey has 11 songs on the album, three of them had artists featured in them. Nikki Lane (Breaking Up Slowly), Zella Day (For Free), and Weyes Blood (For Free). They have the same sort of theme to their songs that Rey has to hers. 

When Rey released the album, there was some controversy over the album cover. Rey received backlash for not making it clear enough that not all the women are white in her album cover, as it is a black and white photo.

 Rey responded, saying to her Instagram followers, “these are my friends this is my life. We are all a beautiful mix of everything- some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do. In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.” 

This response enraged people even more, as she implied that all rappers are POC. Some people have stopped following her music because of what she posts and her past controversial issues.