Lana Del Rey is back with her 3rd studio album, Honeymoon, 14 new tracks to put us under her trance. Honeymoon features the already released, “Honeymoon,” “Music To Watch Boys To,” “Terrence Loves You,” and single, “High By the Beach.” Del Rey features a cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Understood,” on Honeymoon.
One thing we love about Lana Del Rey’s sound, is that she stays consistent and true to her sound. All of her songs, remain in the same vein, which for some artists may fall flat and dull, but Lana continues to push the envelope lyrically to keep an ever-growing audience.
The album opens up with “Honeymoon” and we are instantly captivated by Del Rey’s opening string number that reaches our heart strings. She sings about a love that does not make the most sense but she can’t help what she wants and desires. Lana Del Rey has now become famous for dreamy vocals that take you into a period in time. Honeymoon sounds like a track that could be placed on any movie soundtrack and become a huge hit.
“Terrance Loves You” feels slow and is slightly daunting. She lost her self with a man; she is deeply in love and it is almost painful, yet beautiful how she feels and paints a picture of what she sees with him. Of all of the tracks on the album, this may be our least favorite.
“God Knows I Tried” seems to be Lana speaking about being famous. In the lyrics she shares;
“I’ve got nothing much to live for
ever since I found my fame.”
Del Rey repeats “God knows I tried,” more than 10 times on the track, and its repetitive nature takes the listener by the heart to understand her world and where she is coming from. The song is an instant favorite of ours at Music & Other Drugs. She seems to be pleading when she sings, “Let there be light. Light up my life.” The track is dark and painful, yet showcases some of the best vocals we have heard from Lana.
“High By the Beach” was the first single from Honeymoon, and hearing it with the album shows its connection to the record. The song connects with “God Knows I Tried,” and expresses her wanting to be alone and be free.
Lana Del Rey’s “Freak” is one of her sexist songs she has ever released. She wants her lover to be a freak like her. The song boasts more bass in its production and has a “trap” feel to the track. We see Lana experimenting with more drums on this album, and we love the direction Lana went in production wise on Honeymoon.
There has always been a sort of anonymity from Lana Del Rey, and with “Burnt Norton (interlude)” we get to hear her speaking, and feel a little closer to the artist than before. She recites the poem Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden
“Religion” describes a love so powerful, that is feels like religion. Lana repeats over and over “Halleljuh, I need your love,” giving reverent power to the man she sings about in this song.
Del Rey’s 11th track on Honeymoon, “The Blackest Day,” shows Lana’s growth as a musician. The production, the vulnerability in her voice, and her raw lyrics, on Honeymoon make this easily Lana’s best effort to date. “The Blackest Day,” has a soft-rock feel in its production with its guitar and melodies. This track is one of Music & Other Drugs favorite tracks from Honeymoon. Tracks like “The Blackest Day” see her return to her earlier sounds from Born to Die, that we have grown to love over the years. The song is sad and blue, and pulls the listener in with her haunting and honest lyrics.
“24” the 12th track on the album, can easily be another song featured on a movie soundtrack, such as the new Bond movie, Spectre. We are calling it now, but we see in the near future that Lana Del Rey will be the feature voice for one of the 007 movies. Her musicality embodies the spirit and soul of the women of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Tracks like “24,” give a sort of reverence to the women of those time periods.
Lana Del Rey has left a lot up speculation on this album. Little is known about Del Rey, and the mysteriousness of her is what draws us nearer to her. Her “Swan Song,” talks about leaving it all behind and running free. Could this be Lana’s last record? Is this track written for someone else? One thing, we definitely understand where Lana is coming from; for anyone who is tired of their current situations, to just retire what they are doing and go and be “free.”
“But i’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”
Lana finishes the album with a song originally sung by the late Nina Simone. The song completes all that Lana Del Rey has presented to us in her album Honeymoon.
Overall, Lana has created, yet another, beautiful piece of art. The album is dark and sexy. She navigates through subjects of fame, love, men, and life with such ease, and creates a story and paints a picture, through her lyrics, that allows us to follow her on her journey through this album. It is important when listening to Lana, to listen to her from start to finish. We at Music & Other Drugs realized that Lana Del Rey isn’t the typical release a single artist, she takes time to curate her sound and there is a meticulousness in the continuity of her music that you will not understand by listening to tracks by themselves. Make sure to get a copy of her album, Honeymoon, on September 18th.