‘Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’

A review of Lana Del Rey’s new album


Lana Del Rey released “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd” (DYKTTATUOB) on March 24. The album is a mix of Americana and alternative pop, and features many artists like Tommy Genesis and SYML.

The album explores a range of topics including death, womanhood, motherhood, and family.

“The Grants,” named after her family, includes the lyrics: “My sister’s first-born child/ My grandmother’s last smile.” One of my personal favorites, “Grandfather please stand on the shoulders of my father while he’s deep-sea fishing,” also includes lyrics about her family in which she calls upon her grandfather to protect her father while he’s fishing in a prayer.

“Judah Smith Interlude” and “Jon Batiste Interlude” aren’t really songs I would normally listen to, but they are definitely still interesting to hear for the first time, especially with the placement of “Judah Smith Interlude” following “A&W” because the topics contrast each other so much.

“A&W” is the longest of the 16 songs on the album, at just above seven minutes. “A&W” immediately gained popularity, and rightfully so! Even though the song lasts seven minutes, it doesn’t feel like it at all. The mix of sounds and sad lyrics make this song unique and hypnotizing.

Other songs that gained popularity are “Peppers” and “Taco Truck x VB.” “Taco Truck x VB” is an awesome flashback to “Norman F****** Rockwell” including parts of “Venice B****” that gained attention from fans. Featuring Tommy Genesis, “Peppers” quickly gained traction over its catchy lyrics that make sure to get stuck in your heads, including my own.

All of the songs on this album definitely aren’t for everyone, but Lana’s talent for unique lyrics and sounds are so evident in this album as a whole.