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Norman Fucking Rockwell Ranked

My take on NFR after having a week to digest it.
1Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Venice Bitch" (5/5) - Her best composition ever, a classic that immediately vies for song of the year status. The atmosphere here is breathtaking and it doesn't feel like it's 9 minutes long. I could easily listen to this on repeat for days and still be eager for more. This is her "Stairway to Heaven".
2Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have - but I Have It" (5/5) - Might be one of her best vocal and lyrical moments to date. The song's message makes it feel like some kind of last stand; has swan song written all over it.
3Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"The Greatest" (5/5) - A song to apathetically watch the world burn to. There's a finality to this that feels so representative of our generation. Using the death of the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson as a metaphor for the decline of America's golden age is a stroke of genius. Also, the delivery of this line: "If this is it, I had a ball...I guess I'm signing off after all." Chills.
4Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Happiness Is a Butterfly" (5/5) - Injecting humor into very real sadness (If he's a serial killer, then what's the worst that could happen to a girl who's already hurt?) makes for an engaging storyline to go with some of LDR's most memorable vocal hooks.
5Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Mariners Apartment Complex" (4.8/5) - Song feels like a gradual awakening, and Lana's breathy melodies are more sincere than ever. The part where she sings "kiss the sky and whisper to Jesus" is so momentous.
6Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Norman Fucking Rockwell" (4.5/5) - Perfect intro to the album. From the moment I first heard it I knew NFR was going to be a huge album. The instrumentation accompanying her voice is both subtle and perfect. Lyrically, it might be one of the best veiled political songs of our time.
7Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Love Song" (4.3/5) - One of Lana's most vulnerable ballads. The lyrics here are simple but beautiful: "Is it safe, is it safe to just be who we are."
8Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"How to Disappear" (4.2/5) - Little more than a series of gorgeous vocal melodies, but damn does she knock it out of the park, yet again. The way she sings "For the things that they hold dear" is so melodic and soothing.
9Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Cinnamon Girl" (4/5) - The way the second half of this track swells saves it from being boring, and launches it into excellence. On any of her other albums this might be a top 3 track.
10Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"The Next Best American Record" (4/5) - One of the more uplifting choruses and melodies to be had on NFR; "Whatever’s on tonight‚ I just wanna party with you." Nothing groundbreaking, just LDR on top of her game and rolling on all cylinders.
11Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"California" (3.7/5) - Lines like "lying in my arms, baby" and "If you come back to America" feel a little worn with respect to her previous output, but otherwise this fits right in on NFR. Not the most memorable tune but another highly polished, well-produced piece.
12Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Fuck It, I Love You" (3.5/5) - The verses here are gorgeous. The main thing bringing the track down is that the chorus (which just repeats the song title) can become slightly grating after 10-15 listens.
13Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Bartender" (3.4/5) - The chorus (bar-t-t-tender) is possibly the worst thing on NFR, but the verses, storyline, and Lana's vocals are still on point. This is a decent song that falls to the bottom of the barrel because the album is an embarrassment of riches.
14Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell

"Doin’ Time" (3.3/5) - Never been a fan of including covers on LP's, and there's nothing about this that I prefer to Sublime's original. It's pretty aesthetically just like the whole album, and it's decent as far as covers go, so it's still a 3 plus out of 5. This ranks last merely because it's the only song I could easily scrap from the tracklist without NFR losing any of its value.
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