Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’ slays with hazy, haunting melodies

honeymoonLana Del Rey has been a symbol of the indie music craze starting in the early 2010s. She was on every hipster playlist and finally hit the mainstream radio scene in 2013.

Del Rey’s third major-label album titled “Honeymoon” was a highly anticipated piece for the coming fall. She is known for her indie pop-rock sound. “Honeymoon” visits the original sound of her first major-label album “Born To Die.”

By returning to her original sounds of desire, loss, love and regret, Del Rey is able to give a more calming, known feeling. Her second major-label album, “Ultraviolence,” was a new, fresh sound that some did not find as alluring.

Deeply reminiscent of her past works, “Honeymoon” lures in listeners with deep croons that they have come to expect. Her hazy, haunted sound is still relevant in the new album, but the sound is not as melancholy as past works. I felt that a few songs on the track list were worth talking about more.

Del Rey opens the album with the track, “Honeymoon,” which states that it is not popular for people to love her. She relishes in being the queen of sadness.

The next track, “Music To Watch Boys To,” is a sexy, even haunting sound that Del Rey has perfected.

The record takes a slow turn with the track, “Terrence Loves You.” The powerful song has a fragile sound as you can hear Del Rey’s emotions on edge.

Following is the track, “God Knows I Tried.” This track has a melancholy feel. Del Rey sings, “I’ve got nothing much to live for/ Ever since I found my fame.”

Next, is the track, “Freak.” This track has an erotic feel. This song tries to uplift the heaviness of the past track with a more electrifying sound.

The song “Salvatore” is the only song that I do not care for on the album. The track has a mediocre sound along with the lyrics. It is more of a filler on the album.

She finishes the album with a cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Del Rey has been questioned for glorifying drugs, dying young and domestic violence. This track is like a hidden message to her critics.

All in all, Del Rey’s “Honeymoon” is straight from a smoky, old mansion on the West Coast. She revisits her old sound that made people initially fall in love with her. The album is honest and fragile. Del Rey’s “Honeymoon” is one of her best works and is worth a listen.

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