After a wait of more than three months since the initial announcement, Lana Del Rey has finally released her ninth album, "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd." The album features 16 tracks, with notable guest appearances from Jon Batiste, SYML, Riopy, and Father John Misty.
Returning to Her Roots
The album, which was announced in December of last year, follows the release of 2021's "Chemtrails Over the Country Club" and "Blue Banisters." With this latest offering, Lana has returned to the earlier sound and style of her music, reminiscent of 2019's "Norman Fucking Rockwell." The album includes a new track, "Taco Truck x VB," which is sampled from "Venice Bitch." In a typewritten letter published last year, Lana expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to release her new album. "What can I say? I'm so grateful to be present and feeling effervescent today," she wrote. "With a mind full of violets and a forehead warmed by the sun as I pray in the garden." In a recent cover story with Rolling Stone UK, Lana acknowledged the hard work of those involved in the creation of her music.
"If people think my music is good, it's because there are other people involved in the songs and in the process of making it. So many people," she said.
Setbacks Along the Way
Earlier this fall, Lana informed her fans in a series of now-deleted videos that several hard drives were stolen from her car, resulting in the leak of several unfinished songs.
She also claimed that the manuscript for a book she was working on was lost in the theft. "I had to remotely wipe the computer that had my 200-page book for Simon & Schuster, which I didn't have backed up on a cloud," she said.
Despite these setbacks, Lana asked her fans not to seek out the leaked material. "Please don't listen to the music if you hear it because it's not coming out yet," she said. In 2020, Lana published a collection of poetry titled "Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass," which she also released in audiobook format.
Upon announcing the project, she informed fans that half of the proceeds would go to Native American organizations across the country, aimed at protecting their rights and preserving their land.