Lana Del Rey finally invites fans to her honeymoon. The seductive siren released her new album on Thursday, September 17.
Although the album is no Born to Die or Paradise, it’s still a Lana Del Rey album. There’s no one that can write and sing moody and melodic songs quite like her. In fact, a recent report via Pop Crush says that the 11 most Del Rey-esque tracks on her new album are “Honeymooon,” “Terrence Loves You,” “Music To Watch Boys To,” “God Knows I Tried,” “High By The Beach,” “Freak,” “Art Deco,” “Religion,” “Salvatore,” “The Blackest Day,” and “24.”
In case you’re in a hurry, you can check out the five best songs on Lana Del Rey’s new album, which are “God Knows I Tried,” “High By the Beach,” “Salvatore,” “The Blackest Day,” and “24.”
It’s been over three years since Del Rey released her perfectly produced major-label debut album. But it’s also obvious that the moody singer is already over her ever-growing success.
That moment was captured in the video for “High By the Beach,” the lead single off her new album. The video shows Lana sauntering around her house in a slow-motion fashion as a paparazzo in a helicopter hovers near her Malibu home. Lana gives up and shoots him with a rocket launcher found near her beach house.
Del Rey also makes it clear on her new album that she wants nothing to do with pop music, according to a report via the Los Angeles Times.
“‘I’m going deeper and deeper,’ she sings in ‘The Blackest Day,’ and in terms of her aesthetic vision, that’s true enough. Compare the title track or ‘Terrence Loves You’ to Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ or Selena Gomez’s ‘Good for You’ — just two of the ultra-breathy pop hits Del Rey has inspired almost in spite of herself — and she comes across as some infinitely stranger creature, an assured combination of Julee Cruise and Eartha Kitt. Nobody else is doing this.”
Lana wants to make it clear that she wants to be known as Lana, and not as anybody else in the music scope. She puts herself ahead of her pop peers by making music that takes you to another time.
Honeymoon sounds music sleepier than Born to Die and Paradise, which had catchy tunes like “Carmen” and “Pepsi.” Even her radio hit “Summertime Sadness” has been remixed by every DJ around the globe. Del Rey’s new album even sounds a lot slower than Ultraviolence, which a lot of Del Rey’s fans found sleepy in style.
The reviews are in and some are calling her new album trippy and retro in style. But instead of singing about dying young, glorifying domestic abuse, and having relationships with older men, Lana sings about being human and having good intentions.
In true Lana Del Rey style, she takes her fans back to the ’60s, according to Rolling Stone magazine. “Del Rey flirts with Sixties touchstones throughout Honeymoon, referencing Bowie’s Major Tom on ‘Terrence Loves You’ and narrating a hippie-dream monologue about space and time on the interlude ‘Burnt Norton.’”
Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon is available for order on iTunes. You can also stream it on Spotify or on Apple Music. What are your thoughts on Del Rey’s new album? Share your favorite songs below in the comments section.
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