It’s been more than two years since Lana Del Ray’s last album and tour so when the singer of bittersweet ballads and languid love songs released her new record “Lust For Life” a week ago, and quickly announced a pair of intimate concerts to celebrate, well, you can imagine how quickly the House of Blues in Anaheim sold out for the second of those shows on Tuesday.
You might also rightly reckon that fans got there early – lining up starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday – in hopes of getting as close to the stage and the beloved Holy Lana, Mother of the Sad-Girls, as my 16-year-old daughter Anna Lily dubbed her on our way home after the show.
But unless you’ve already spent a good amount of time with the new record already there’s no way you’ll imagine this: Lana Del Rey in her new songs is feeling if not entirely happy, at least a bit optimistic, and doing so without losing any of the unique qualities of her music and persona, all of which made for a terrific night with 17 songs scattered across 80 minutes on stage.
The moment that subtle shift seemed certain came midway through the night, at the end of “Ultraviolence” – the title track of her 2014 album, and a song about an abusive relationship with the leader of a cult-like group to which she once belonged, Del Rey has said – and before she sang “Change,” the last song written and recorded for the new record “Lust For Life.”
“That’s an interesting song…