Lana Del Rey takes fans on a Honeymoon with her new retro album


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“Honeymoon” contains a retro drum-heavy sound complimentary of Del Rey’s dreamlike vocals.

Kathryn Sohm, Staff Writer

Lana Del Rey’s new album “Honeymoon” will make you want to don a flower crown, hit the beach, and watch the sunset.  Released September 18, “Honeymoon” is what you would expect from a Lana Del Rey album: it consists of fourteen slower-paced, dreamlike songs about torn relationships and California beaches. Del Rey’s tracks are on the retro side, and remind listeners of summer nights and cool breezes, a sound reminiscent of her first two albums.

Known for her unique lounge-style voice, Lana Del Rey has been recording music since 2005. Originally under her real name Lizzy Grant, she didn’t quite reach popularity until her 2012 album “Born to Die” was released, the fifth best-selling album of that year. Some of her most popular songs include “Video Games,” “Summertime Sadness,” and “Young and Beautiful,” which was featured on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby in 2013.

“Honeymoon” was announced by Del Rey in July of 2014, but was originally called “Music to Watch Boys To.” The title track was first released July 14, 2015, and the first single, “High By the Beach” was released a month later. A promotional single, “Terrance Loves You,” was released on August 21, 2015, with a pre-order of the album.

The first few tracks of the album are beautiful, but don’t have the “wow factor” that some of the later tracks possess. The album picks up at the track “High by the Beach,” which is much more upbeat than the other tracks, and has an irresistible melody. After “High by the Beach,” is “Freak,” which has a hauntingly smooth sound and catchy chorus, followed by “Art Deco,” which has techno yet jazzy undertones.

“Honeymoon” gives Del Rey’s loyal fans the album they’ve been waiting for.  Her 60’s style and smooth voice make for easy listening and an enjoyable experience. The album adds to her easygoing repertoire and solidifies her retro, hipster, carefree persona.