Staff Picks: Lana Del Rey’s “Honeymoon” Album

By: Natalie Gaines

Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon album is #2 on Billboard 200.

Lana Del Rey’s most recent album, “Honeymoon,” released September 2015 is ranked #2 on the Billboard 200. The album is a single 14 track recording, which is very different from her previous albums.

Singles on the Honeymoon album include;

  1. “Honeymoon”
  2. “Terrence Loves You”
  3. “Music To Watch Boys To”
  4. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (Nina Simone cover)
  5. “Salvatore”

This is Del Rey’s 4th studio album, which has turned out to be just as successful as her previous albums: “Born To Die” (2012),”Lana Del Rey” (2012) and “Ultraviolence” (2014).

“Honeymoon” had the fourth highest sales in history by a female artist for 2015, selling over 206,000 copies.

This album’s hit single is “High By The Beach” and is also the album’s lead single. Del Rey’s inspiration for the single came from driving by beaches.

Del Rey covers Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” a feature on the album. “Honeymoon” is Del Rey’s dream pop but also has a hint of jazz as well as the blues. Del Rey’s “Art Deco” is said to be jazz inspired, while “Salvatore” is more violin and orchestra based. “Religion” is one of Lana Del Rey’s more happier love songs, even though the lyrics are still based Del Rey’s usual style.

It wouldn’t be Lana Del Rey without a storyline running throughout the album. The character that tells the story through the songs on “Honeymoon” is the same as in her other albums and songs. Even though the thoughts are estranged from “Born To Die” and “Ultraviolence” and tell a different story, Del Rey takes on the persona that was based in her “Born To Die” and “Ultraviolence” albums, so nothing has significantly changed in her style or voice. Del Rey’s perspective and lyrics throughout the album show her maturity as an artist.

Del Rey released a music video for her single, “Freak” this February. Del Rey’s Honeymoon Tour started in the Summer of 2015 and ended in December of 2015.

Del Rey’s unique way of telling a story about life is always interesting. This album gives a great display of Del Rey”s endless creative thought and dedication to writing music. “Honeymoon” gets a 4.75 out of 5, because developing a different way of explaining things she’s previously sang about before.