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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features production from Zach Dawes, Mike Dean, Dean Reid, and Gabe Simon.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 22, 2021
    83
    While Chemtrails was cause for concern that Del Rey had perhaps lost her magic touch, Banisters is a reminder that when the singer-songwriter is in charge of her vision and fully taps into her emotions, she’s still capable of crafting breathtaking beauty.
  2. Oct 25, 2021
    80
    She has often made intimacy seem transactional. But here, it feels pure.
  3. Oct 21, 2021
    80
    ‘Blue Banisters’ presents a collection of sun-kissed moments and hazy memories, free from judgement and firmly rooted in place.
  4. Mojo
    Nov 16, 2021
    80
    A lyrically strong album. [Jan 2022, p.82]
  5. Oct 21, 2021
    77
    Blue Banisters sprawls and elaborates past the point where we can place our own projections onto it. We know too much. But at its best, this music offers an even more rewarding thrill: It manages to entertain, enrapture, and even surprise because of how well we know Lana Del Rey—and how much there is still to learn.
  6. Oct 22, 2021
    75
    The accumulation of these ideas can become monochromatic, meandering, and repetitive; apt background music for loitering in the bath. The most pleasurable and moving, even unsettling, moments on Blue Banisters arrive when Del Rey breaches, however gently, her own boundaries.
  7. Oct 21, 2021
    60
    Despite the wavering quality, Blue Banisters is an important addition to Lana lore. That she can still manage to be this perplexing after a decade in the game is a massive achievement.

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  1. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    That's perfect. She had a beautiful voice and is a amazing writer. I loved it.
  2. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    this album have so much beautiful songs, and georgeous vocal and instrumentals, so poetry, lana del rey is the greatest!
  3. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    The Lana's second record this year, works almost as a complement to the predecessor, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club." This time, it does aThe Lana's second record this year, works almost as a complement to the predecessor, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club." This time, it does a little more about personal issues, in tracks that seem to have all been made during the pandemic's isolation period. Although sounds sad, there is a lot of hope in this album, so many attempts to find beauty in the organic relationships of everyday life, in the fact of feeling and in the capacity to love. Expand
  4. Oct 23, 2021
    10
    So many different elements yet somehow so cohesive. Gives you a bit of everything and in my opinion the best album she has put out
  5. Oct 24, 2021
    10
    She delivered with new tracks and added iconic unreleased. Better than her last album. A top three definitely
  6. Oct 29, 2021
    10
    That's what we get when Lana opens her heart to her truth! Poetry, composition, harmony, melody, production: all came together so we couldThat's what we get when Lana opens her heart to her truth! Poetry, composition, harmony, melody, production: all came together so we could have a 10/10 project! Expand
  7. Oct 22, 2021
    0
    This is a refresh from all her previous records. Though she included some old songs here, new ones are great and really picture one new lana,This is a refresh from all her previous records. Though she included some old songs here, new ones are great and really picture one new lana, empowered, feminine, full of strength in the alternative music industry.
    Here I would go with Dealer, Black Bathing Suit, Arcadia and Sweet Carolina. Cherry Blossom is a beautiful song too.
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