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Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’ Album Review

Whilst ‘Ultraviolence’, Lana’s last album, rode a theme of desperation, loneliness and unrequited, abusive love, ‘Honeymoon’ is about a love laced with quivering hope, freedom and vengeance – so only more tormenting. Lyrically, Lana has somewhat brought back the sass of her debut album ‘Born To Die’. Melodically, she has not returned to pop, and sings longing, legato notes in her high, Marilyn-esque pitch. For tracks such as ‘High By The Beach’ however, we do hear the lower end of her range, pining over distorted, hip-hop beats. Throughout the album, the epic, natural string section that Lana is so well known for is occasionally quietened, making room for either mellow electronic organs or exotic percussion, concocting visions of The Godfather films, especially the song ‘Salvatore’. The all-consuming obsession with Americana and its darkest corners remains the overbearing force behind Lana’s work, and ‘Honeymoon’, despite being not as dreary as ‘Ultraviolence’, is somewhat more haunting for this reason. ‘Honeymoon’ paints a vision larger than “the other woman” from ‘Ultraviolence’, depicting instead a tangled story of hazy nights out, anonymity as a ‘Freak’ in California, and the desire to run away and have it all. The theatrical tone is chilling and strange. In the interlude ‘Burnt Norton’, we listen to Lana recite a philosophical monologue about the nature of time, of present, future and past, over the top of psychedelic sounds and vibrations, and the mirage of drugs, neon lights and the glamour of sadness thickens. Successfully again, Lana will pull you into her world of self-made illusion, that grapples onto beauty in a tragic reality. Her music’s openness about suffering from irrational infatuation, and from one’s vicious disenchantment with their existence, is what continues to make Lana Del Rey’s work, and the ‘Honeymoon’ album, so uncanny and addictive.

‘Phantom’ – Leigh

Lily-white beauty, never gets dirty, even her bare cold feet.
She is the phantom we want to become, nameless and careless and free.
She is the nightmare, yellow-eyed creature, giggling, sweet white teeth.
Dying, so tired, gimme your powers, voices deep as the sea.
She is the lighthouse, bring ’em in closer, sugar-kiss on her tongue.
Trying forever but I don’t get better, she is all that we want.
Open up and tell me how, how to break these chains,
kiss me in the darkness, baby girl, let it go, let it go, makes me crazy waiting for you.
Lily-white beauty, never gets dirty, even her bare cold feet.
She is the phantom we want to become, nameless and careless and free.
Open up and tell me how, how to break these chains,
kiss me in the darkness, baby girl, let it go, let it go, makes me crazy waiting for you.

https://soundcloud.com/leighofficial/phantom