Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon


4.0
excellent

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (37 Reviews)
September 19th, 2015 | 64 replies


Release Date: 09/18/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rebound!

At this stage, imaginative introductory paragraphs for Lana del Rey's latest musical offering have become difficult to write. She has already established herself well enough in the cultural environment, rendering them somewhat obsolete. Besides, given her very limited appearance before media, and reservedness when it comes to expressing herself outside her music, it is impossible to figure out exactly what is going through her head, so as to associate it with this album in a manner that could adequately preface this review. These days, Lana has chosen to avoid the spotlight, instead favoring some form of Princessly seclusion, challenging the most devoted of fans to decipher the mystification. I have to admit that I am not that big of a fan, and thus, I can't come up with a more creative way to introduce Honeymoon.

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When Ultraviolence came out last June, I criticised it heavily. Somehow, the summer heat and energy were very uninviting to the monotony and dreariness that the album offered. Its overly-depressed mood was just too contrasting for that time of the year, unlike Born to Die (2012), which was more varied and offered some more melody and hooks.

Well, this year, LDR has chosen the beginning of autumn as the release date, and this seems more apt considering the musical theme of Honeymoon. Similarly to Ultraviolence, the songs are again quite dark and gloomy. Yet, they are less... morbid. There is more groove here, and although hooks are only hinted at, and not realised to the full, they are prominent enough to provide for a coherent and entrancing set of compositions. Despite the depressed mood, these songs don't... depress, but rather captivate and entice, in a manner conducive to relaxation.

Even though Lana typically likes to evoke allusions to a more discreet and dated side of America, the songs here have a more modern vibe, not attached to any particular trend, but modern still, Lana's way. I can easily see some of those tracks being used as part of the soundtrack for a new film, be it a blockbuster or a B movie.

Don't get me wrong, though. The songs may serve as a great accompaniement to some other activity, but they are definitely not "background music". A lot of depth and layering is present in them, allowing for the listener's satisfaction and understanding to rise with each subsequent play. In contrast to Born to Die, however, this depth does not arise from the development and progression of a song (e.g. through abrupt transitions or mood changes), but is rather contained within very subtle cues and nuances that challenge for a more involved scrutiny and immersion. This makes Honeymoon sound somehow both repetitious and diverse at the same time. Thus, the affection for the album is nurtured in a sort of creeping, less obvious way, rather than in a more instant, in-your-face once.

Within Lana del Rey's musical chronology, I can see Born to Die as being the album that was supposed to serve as the attention attractor for her future discographic arc, buying you as a listener. Honeymoon, on the other hand, is so far her most developed and layered record, and is also likely to provoke the most discussion and debate in the future.
I can see a notable sense of thematic progression in her trio of LPs: If Born to Die was the ramblings of an indolent and immature narcissist basking in delusions of grandeur, imagining herself in various future roles, and if Ultraviolence was the nadir, the absolute zero of possible human existence, Honeymoon has definitely moved on to a more concrete and definite sense of self. Lana is slowly, very slowly, coming to peace with herself.
If you listen to songs like Freak, 24 and the final track (although a cover), you can clearly hear something like redemption and... triumph. Incidentally, there is a track by the name of Swan Song here. I hope it is nothing foreboding, though -- Lana still has a lot of songs within her, waiting to be written and sung.

Recommended tracks:
Honeymoon
Music To Watch Boys To
High By the Beach
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Comments:Add a Comment 
IHateRadiohead
September 18th 2015


342 Comments


Where dat Fantano review at tho

Sinternet
September 18th 2015


15060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, good rating. I'd have to say Freak is probably my favourite.

Digging: TWICE - Twicetagram

theNateman
September 18th 2015


3159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I Like to pretend ultraviolence never happened.



Her lyrics on this are meh, like always. Terrence Loves you or 24 are my tops

Gyromania
September 19th 2015


23724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ultraviolence was great but i much prefer born to die. i still love born to die the most, but i'm starting to enjoy this more.

CoonBurger
September 19th 2015


26 Comments


3.14/10 doesnt sound like devin townsend

Gyromania
September 19th 2015


23724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

stfu

CoonBurger
September 19th 2015


26 Comments


i like born to die but i also don't like ultraviolence even though it was great i think i enjoy this one more because i still love ultraviolence but this is not as good as honeymoon

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2015


55385 Comments


can't stand her a e s t h e t i c

Digging: Dad Thighs - The Ghosts That I Fear

someguest
September 19th 2015


29074 Comments


not all white girls are evil, trebor

let it go

Digging: Demolition Hammer - Epidemic of Violence

Gyromania
September 19th 2015


23724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really don't get why people hate on her so much. born to die was an excellent debut

wwf
September 19th 2015


5697 Comments


Ultraviolence is her only good album so far tho

Digging: Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights

someguest
September 19th 2015


29074 Comments


Yeah, wwf is right. Ultraviolence was dark and well-composed.

wwf
September 19th 2015


5697 Comments


Damn after all this time I just realized Trebor's avatar is Mike from RLM

Gyromania
September 19th 2015


23724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you guys are deaf

wwf
September 19th 2015


5697 Comments


Shit you know my secret

I havent had a clue what Im talking about this whole time

bloodshy
September 19th 2015


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ultraviolence did lack the hooks, though. It was more like very well-composed background mood music. Born To Die was chalk-full of singles. This album is like the previous two combined. It's good.

Tunaboy45
September 19th 2015


15647 Comments


But guys she fucked her way 2 da top

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2015


8498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn is this actually good?

Digging: Godflesh - Post Self

IHateRadiohead
September 19th 2015


342 Comments


It's the smartest pop album of the year.

Sinternet
September 19th 2015


15060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I wish I was on route to the top



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