Last Friday, Lana Del Rey dropped her highly anticipated new album Norman Fucking Rockwell! and it is turning into an absolute critical darling.
Music publication Pitchfork, renowned for their album reviews, have given NFR an impressive 9.4, which is miles ahead of her previously highest rated album – 2017’s Lust For Life – which garnered a 7.7 rating.
This is made even more impressive as it’s the highest score Pitchfork have given any album since 2014, when D’Angelo’s Black Messiah earned the same rating.
Moreover, Norman Fucking Rockwell! is the highest Pitchfork-rated album by any solo female artist this decade, beating out the likes of future classics such as Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit & Think And Sometimes I Just Sit and Solange’s A Seat At The Table.
However, there are still a number of albums of the decade that outrank it, including the last 10 Pitchfork gave, which went to Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy.
Del Rey has just announced a US tour, and while she was last here in early 2018, we’re sure hoping she announces her Australian return soon.
Norman Fucking Rockwell! is out now. Watch the double video for ‘Fuck It I Love You’ and ‘The Greatest’ below.