Lana Del Rey's cover of Sublime's Doin Time is a surprising hit
It's a stand-alone cover to tease an upcoming doco on the 90s band, but it teases her new album perfectly in the process.
Lana Del Rey's last twelve months have been particularly strong. She's been teasing her long-awaited and much-delayed returning album Norman F**king Rockwell with a three-peat of brilliant singles each amongst her best; united by their soft, hazy vocals and intricate melodies written alongside super producer Jack Antonoff. There was Mariners Apartment Complex - a throwback to her woozy early work; Venice Bitch - a long-winding, nine-minute epic regarded as one of her best to date; and last but certainly not least, Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but I have it - a piano-backed number about as brilliant as its long name. They've all set up Del Rey's new era with the potential to be one of her best yet, showcasing the intimacy and haunting beauty of her signature vocal that only feels more fleshed out and delicate alongside Antonoff's instrumentation; a sure-fire combine that seems to win time and time again.
Her new track, Doin Time, isn't going to appear on the full album release, but it stands tall from the rest as something a little more daring and left-field for the Californian musician. It's a cover 90s band Sublime's single of the same name; taking the lyrics from the original and making them her own. Arriving ahead of a documentary covering Sublime's rise and fall over the years, the cover is a little more upbeat when compared with her past work, bringing that signature Lana Del Rey charm and combining it with a subtle electronic pulse full of twinkling keys and percussive kicks. Listen to it below, and stay tuned for the full release of Norman F**king Rockwell later this year.
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