Lana Del Rey has released her second album of 2021; Blue Banisters.
As promised back in April, Rey's eighth studio LP arrived on October 22. The record comes seven months after the Billboard 200 No. 2-charting Chemtrails Over the Country Club, which was produced by Lana alongside Jack Antonoff.
In May, LDR shared three new tracks — "Blue Banisters," "Text Book," and "Wildflower Wildfire" — on the same day, with the latter featuring production from none other than Kanye West’s right-hand man Mike Dean. Blue Banisters arrives via Interscope and Polydor; LDR produced the whole thing with assistance from Dean, Gabe Simon, Zachary Dawes, Drew Erickson, Dean Reid, Loren Humphrey, Barrie-James O’Neill, and Rick Nowels.
In September, two months after the record’s original July 4 release date, Lana wrote on her since-deactivated Instagram, "I guess you could say this album is about what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. As much as the on going criticism has been trying, it at least has pushed me to explore my own family tree, to dig deep, and to continue to exhibit the fact that God only cares about how I move through the world. And for all of the skepticism about feigning fragility and unreasonable explanations of not showing general accountability—I must say I’ve enjoyed moving through the world beautifully—as a woman with grace and dignity."
Listen to the album below and let us know what you think!