Festival Edition Vinyl of Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd by Lana Del Rey

In celebration of Lana Del Rey's legendary return to Coachella, this time headlining the first day of the festival, she released a special limited edition vinyl variant of her latest album, Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. In person, 100 copies were available each weekend of the festival, but it was also widely sold on her webstore for those that couldn't attend the show, like myself. This special edition features alternate album artwork and an exclusive translucent orange vinyl pressing. The design of this festival release is so well done, I love the groovy, psychedelic illustrated effect on the original cover photo, as well as the overlays on the back cover and gatefold. It is so colorful and matches the festival's aesthetic so well. I love having this tangible piece of her artistry in my record collection to celebrate such a major milestone in her career!

I have talked about how much I love this album so many times, it was both my top album of 2023 and "A&W" was also my top song of the year too, which I have written about extensively. "A&W" is probably my ultimate favorite track from this album and is among some of the very best of her entire discography. It is a seven-minute rollercoaster that feels like her taking back the narrative of what people have called her throughout her career, in the media or otherwise, and telling her side of the story. It is so emotionally raw and so poetic. 

Although my favorite album by Lana changes almost daily, Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd is absolutely among her very best yet. It is so deeply introspective and written with an autobiographical approach to the stories being told. Every time I listen to this album, I'm always finding new pieces of it that I love. 

Lana's unfiltered, thoughtful approach to her music and life shines through in every song on Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. With full transparency and no creative boundaries holding her back, she always manages to create such a stunning body of work. So many songs on this album stand out to me as all-time favorites from her discography. It's hard to even just summarize some of the stand-out tracks as I really do love all of these songs. I wrote more in depth about every single song on the album in my full review, so if you're interested in reading my more detailed thoughts of each song, I'd love for you to check that out! An immediate favorite of mine from the very first listen was "Paris, Texas", the instrumental from RIOPY is so gorgeous and the story of her traveling the world looking for a place that feels like home to her is so beautifully told. Her vocals sound stunning on every track, but especially this one. 

"Let The Light In" featuring Father John Misty is another beautiful piece of storytelling, as well. Their voices complement each other so well and I love that it is written as if it is a continuation of her 2017 song "Tomorow Never Came". All of the collaborations on this album really stand-out to me. Another favorite of mine is "Margaret" featuring Bleachers, written as an ode to Jack Antonoff's wife. It is such a joyous song, one that is so beautiful and simply written. I love all of the music Lana and Jack have made together over the past several years and this song feels like such a beautiful tribute to their friendship and a pure celebration of love. 

Ten years ago, right around the time Ultraviolence was released, Lana performed at Coachella for the first time. Now a decade later, down to the exact day, she made her return to the festival this time as a headliner. She has come a long way since then and has released so much incredible music during that time. I can only imagine how incredible the next decade will be for her too! This vinyl is such a cool memento to mark the occasion. I watched the livestream of her performance, and it was so iconic. Her entrance on the motorcycle was legendary! The special guests for weekend one were incredible too; Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste & Jack Antonoff. A Lana and Billie collaboration was a long time coming for both of them and I'm so happy it finally happened. The impact they've had in the music industry is unmatched, to see them come together like that and perform both of the first songs they've ever made together is so special. They're two of my favorite songwriters of all time. Lana's Coachella set is a testament to how vast her catalog is too because even though she played so many songs, it still didn't even scratch the surface of her incredibly layered discography. She's the best and I always love to see her continued growth. To see so many people come together and connect with each other through her music is so special. I hope I get to see her perform soon too, she is one of the few artists that I adore and haven't seen in person yet!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of ...Ocean Blvd*, I would really appreciate if you would do so through my affiliate link*, which I may earn a commission from. Listening to her music on vinyl is always such a great experience and I cannot recommend this album enough. Buy more Lana Del Rey music here*

If you are interested in reading more about Lana's music, check out my review of Chemtrails Over The Country Club, Blue Banisters, and Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. I also wrote many more reviews of her music, linked here and below. I have an extensive collection of Lana's music on vinyl, so if there is any specific album or pressing you'd like to see next, feel free to let me know in the comment section below. 

Thanks for reading! 

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