Lana Del Rey Drops 7-Minute Masterpiece “A&W”

Posted February 16, 2023 by with 4 comments

“A&W” is both the name of a fast food chain and soda, but it’s also the initials for “American whore,” which Del Rey identifies as repeatedly in the new track from her upcoming album, “Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.”

Via Pitchfork:

And yet, taken as a whole, “A&W” is unlike anything she’s ever made. It’s a psychedelic, collagist freakout that rides from exasperation—“I’m a princess, I’m divisive/Ask me why I’m like this/Maybe I just kinda like this”—all the way through to the delirious liberation of accepting your status as a lifelong outcast. […] Lana has always operated with a kind of creative abandon seemingly at odds with conventional wisdom, but “A&W” might be the ultimate expression of that wildness, a chimeric, haunted folk-trap ballad welded together with nothing but the heat of her own star power.

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