Call Honeymoon the third installment in a trilogy if you will but there's no indication Lana Del Rey will put her doomed diva persona to rest after this album. Over the course of three albums, Lana Del Rey hasn't so much expanded her delicately sculpted persona as she has refined it, removing anything extraneous to her exquisite ennui. Honeymoon doesn't drift or float, it marks time, sometimes swelling with a suggestion of impending melodrama but often deflating to just an innervated pulse. Apart from the syncopated chorus on "High on the Beach," any lingering element of the hip-hop affectations of Born to Die have been banished and so have the shade and light Dan Auerbach brought to Ultraviolence, a record that feels cinematic in comparison to Honeymoon. What's left behind is the essence of Lana Del Rey: iconic images of days of Los Angeles passed, all plasticized and stylized, functioning as lighthouses in stoned, sad daydreams. Mood reigns over all on Honeymoon -- melodies and tempos certainly aren't prioritized over feel; all the originals are purposefully languid, which is partially why the Nancy Sinatra sample on "Terrence Loves You" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," a cover allegedly in the vein of Nina Simone's original but bearing an organ out of the Animals, stick -- but underneath the dragging beats and austere arrangements, there's something approaching triumph. Where Lana Del Rey seemed weighted down by existential sorrow on her first two albums, Honeymoon seems comfortingly melancholic and that's the truest sign that it is the fullest execution of Lana Del Rey's grand plan yet.
Performance CreditsLana Del Rey Primary Artist,Vocals,Narrator,Mellotron
Rusty Anderson Guitar,Electric Guitar
Curt Bisquera Drums
Rick Nowels Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Vox Organ,Synthesizer Pads
Patrick Warren Synthesizer,Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Bassoon,Harmonium,Horn,Oboe,Electric Piano,Kantele
Roger Manning Bass,Omnichord
David Levita Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kieron Menzies Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Loops,Drum Loop
Leon Michels Synthesizer,Flute,Saxophone,Juno,Synthesizer Pads
Brian Griffin Percussion,Conga,Drums
Derek "DJA" Allen Percussion
Technical CreditsBennie Benjamin Composer
Rick Nowels Composer,Producer
Patrick Warren Orchestration
T.S. Eliot Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Kieron Menzies Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chuck Grant Cover Art Direction
Nicolas Essig Engineer
Keefus Ciancia Composer
Phil Joly Engineer
Lana Del Rey Composer,Producer
Trevor Yasuda Engineer
Chris Garcia Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Honeymoon based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This is Lana Del Rey's best album. Every note is pure perfection. Nowells and Ms. Grant have created a stunning, sexy, alluring, psychedelic masterpiece. Brave Lana refused to go the way of Adele and other mediocre singers and decided to create delicious, strange, and beautiful music. You won't hear this at the supermarket or pharmacy, and that's a good thing. This is not pop or radio-friendly. This is PURE ART. The lush sound, lounge music, and seductive "modern meets 50s glamour music" is all over this album. "Music to Watch Boys To" would make Martin Denny proud. Lana's dark subject matter also is still there, with the "Freak" video & lyrics sinister references to the Manson Family. Also, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is a song by Nina Simone, not the Animals.
AMAZING!!!!! Lana's voice had such power on this record. It is a must have!!!
Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey is a strong 14 song set that mixes 60’s/70’s style vintage pop with the uniqueness of chillout music. I enjoy listening to both Pandora and iheartradio and would easily say that many of the songs on the cd could easily have a home on the Pandora Chillwave Radio and/or Chillout station. Honeymoon, Music To Watch Boys To, Terrence Loves You, High By The Beach, Freak, and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (a classy music tribute to the 1965 version by the music group Animals)are some of the songs to sample right away when it comes to getting a musical sampling for the artisitic/uninhibited spirit coming through the energy or her songs on this cd.
4 word review: Beautiful, Dark, Glamorous, Sexy...
Okay, so I love Lana. Her voice is gorgeous, and the problem I had with this had nothing to do with Lana or this fantastic album. I bought this album, and when I went to play it-- it was wonky! Her voice is distorted and too low on one disc, and normal on the other. There are no scratches detected. What a waste of money!