Lana Del Rey’s new album Honeymoon finally dropped this week. Filled with her unique brand of noir pop, Del Rey unleashed 14 new tracks guaranteed to melt hearts and minds across the globe.
But one track in particular wasn’t enough to sway producers of the new James Bond flick Spectre to use it in their film, according to a report by the NY Post. So instead, it ended up as one of the final tracks on Honeymoon.
“Several rumors have suggested that Lana Del Rey was in the running to contribute the theme to the new Bond movie, Spectre. If that was the case, the cinematic ’24’ must have been the song in question. ‘There’s only 24 hours in a day/And half of those, you lay awake/With thought of murder and carnage,’ she croons, seemingly from the perspective of the archetypal Bond girl. He may have gotten the job, but it’s going to be hard for Sam Smith to top this.”
The NY Post isn’t the only one who agrees with that statement, as reviews across the internet have generally been favorable toward this new Lana Del Rey opus.
“If the pop star’s guitar-laced 2014 LP, Ultraviolence, was a one-night stand with a new sound, her follow-up is the morning after — the moment when Del Rey gets back to what she’s best at,” Rolling Stone writes in their review of Honeymoon.
“The moody, cinematic string arrangements on the title track and the wistful highlight ‘Music to Watch Boys To’ recall her 2012 debut. She goes further into pop on the supercatchy single ‘High by the Beach’ and the excellently sultry ‘Freak’; the latter song’s steady bass thump and druggy abandon evoke her recent collaborator the Weeknd in particularly exciting ways.”
Other tracks of note include “The Blackest Day,” “Art Deco,” and “Terrence Loves You,” the latter of which USA Today describes as “among the most heart-wrenching songs she’s ever recorded.”
But what might be the most striking detail of note about Honeymoon is the musical direction Lana Del Rey seems to be heading toward in the future, something Forbes points out.
“The download copy of Honeymoon sent out to journalists describes the music as ‘alternative’ in genre, though this is misleading with Del Rey steadily moving in a pop direction. She still isn’t super commercial in a Taylor Swift way, but her success is growing.”
The article then refers to Del Rey’s stature as the top-streamed female artist among U.S. users on Spotify this past June to go along with her 7.6 million Soundcloud followers. Lana’s YouTube channel also boasts a respectful 1.5 million subscribers with 5.7 million hits garnered for the track “Honeymoon” alone.
[Lana Del Rey photo credit: Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images]