Lana Del Rey hits the Midwest


TNS / Los Angeles Times

Singer Lana Del Rey came to Madison for the first time on Nov. 11, to perform at The Sylvee.

Hailey Griffin, Arts Editor

Lana Del Rey came to The Sylvee on Nov.11, the first time that Lana Del Rey performed in Madison. Fans of every age didn’t hesitate to secure their chance to see  the West Coast queen – the show’s general admission, VIP, and reserved seating sold-out in a day.

Del Rey’s latest album and fifth-major record label, “Norman F—ing Rockwell!” was released on Aug. 30.

The album can be described as a combination of soft, psychedelic rock, folk, and blues. Similar to Lana’s previous albums, “Norman F—ing Rockwell!” features spaced-out guitar riffs, blues-y piano jams, strings intervals, and of course, Del Rey’s angelic voice.

“Doin’ Time,” one of the more popular songs on the album, is a glamorized cover of the Sublime’s 1996 hit, “Doin’ Time/Summertime.”

Other songs, such as “Mariner’s Apartment Complex” and “The Greatest” exemplify the poetic lyricism and intertwined folk, rock and blues tones that define Lana Del Rey as a musician.

Del Rey has been on tour since Sept. 21. Originally, she planned to perform primarily along the West Coast for her U.S. portion of the tour.

Since September, she has decided to expand from her original lineup and visit venues in the Midwest, specifically Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; and Madison. On Feb. 21, she’ll be departing from the U.S. to continue her tour in Europe.