Album Review: Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey

By Madeleine Ang

Put on your heart-shaped sunglasses and get ready to take a ride because it’s Lana Del Rey’s most recent album Honeymoon’s first anniversary, marking one year since the release of this musical masterpiece. Honeymoon combines the catchiness of her first album Born to Die with the tortured darkness , of Ultraviolence, proving once again that no one can capture heartbreak quite like Lana Del Rey. The album has a smoother continuity as compared to her previous work, with the songs flowing cohesively into one another. Together they tell a story about love and all of its consequences.

The lazy pop song ‘High by the Beach’ is a refresher from Lana’s usual swooning over the bad boys who broke her heart. We hear her fed up and dismissive of the guys who did her wrong: “You could be a bad mother****er, but that don’t make you a man, now you’re just another one of my problems”. It’s nice to see her take charge and not be the heartbroken one for a change.

It is interesting to see the traditional gender roles being reversed in ‘Music to Watch Boys to’. Lana presents herself as the independent seductress gazing upon her prey: “Perfect demon and living single. They never thought that I could be. I know what only the girls know, lies can buy eternity.” Its sleepy, psychedelic tone will send you into a dreamy haze of bittersweet romance. Unsurprisingly it is one of the few songs on her album that she created a video for, with the lyrics’ lurid imagery casting captivating visual images that demand to be put into a film.

‘Terrence Loves You’ is by far the most heartbreaking song on the album and supposedly Lana’s favourite track. It will have you mourning a non- existent ex lover and wanting to drown your sorrows at a dark, gloomy jazz bar. The songstress effortlessly croons about her tortured romance over a soft piano and a faraway trumpet; heartbreak has never sounded so good.

While all the songs contain similar themes and a general hazy vibe to them, they all manage to be unique and captivating in their own way. The song ‘Honeymoon’, setting the tone for the rest of the album, however was disappointingly bland as compared to all of the other tracks. While perfectly capturing the dream- like, bittersweet atmosphere that the album creates , unfortunately it tests the listener’s patience with its repetitive melody. the song lastsalmost six minutes! ‘Salvatore’ was the only track on the album that seemed somewhat out of place with its strong Italian feel, differing from the California setting of the rest of the album’s songs.

Overall Honeymoon is every bit of the masterpiece Lana proudly proclaimed it to be. Its cinematic, retro soundscape will have you feeling like you’re in a glamorous old Hollywood noir film. With music this darkly enchanting, there’s no where you would rather be.

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