By Annelise Royles ’19
Lana Del Rey is known for her hypnotic tales of love and heartbreak, and for her fans who are content with her current sound, then Honeymoon is a perfect album. But those of you who were hoping for Del Rey to transition into a true artist, and build off of her slow tempos and lyrics revolving around heartbreak may be disappointed. She seems to be in the same musical rut as Taylor Swift, just maybe with more LSD.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Lana Del Rey’s musicality. With innovative lyrics and a connection to every rebel who has ever been dumped by a drug dealer–or maybe just a guy with a leather jacket–Lana Del Rey is an excellent alternative to the generic pop scene. There are a few tracks which remind us why we are hopelessly in love with our Siren queen (“Music To Watch Boys To” and “High By The Beach” in particular). Her usual simplistic tune and haunting vocals are excellent–I just want more.
There are glimpses of a new sound in songs such as “God Knows I Tried” and “Freak,” where Del Ray experiments with low-key electronica. And I know that change is a strange concept with our most beloved artists; Jack White nearly gave me a heart attack when he went solo. But for Lana Del Rey, a few upbeat tracks would not make her less of a modern Nancy Sinatra in my eyes. While she has greatly increased the popularity of lethargic alternative music in the past few years, there have been times when I listen to Honeymoon and I could not help but think that each song sounded nearly the same as the last. For this reason, I highly recommend listening to the album in two or three sittings.
Overall, Honeymoon seems a bit confused. But after a few extremely slow numbers, it almost tries to be more of an experience album with “Burnt Norton-Interlude.” There is no previous indication that we would be following a specific narrative here, but Del Rey adds a minute and a half of monologue–almost reminiscent of Childish Gambino–without any context. Even with some great tracks and spirited lyrics, Honeymoon is simply more of the same. Del Rey is still obsessed with the classic bad boy, and she is apparently always getting her heart broken by him. She still loves holding extremely long notes and emanating a chill vibe. She still loves Lana Del Rey from three years ago.
So enjoy, friends. Honeymoon is definitely worth a listen, but how long will we have to wait for something different from Lana Del Rey? Until then, let’s just keep “Diet Mountain Dew” and “Shades of Cool” on repeat.