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Not Such a Happy Honeymoon

by Liz Laughlin

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Lana Del Rey’s fourth studio album, Honeymoon. Courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

Lana Del Rey’s fourth studio album, “Honeymoon,” hit the shelves on September 18th. This album carries a tone much different than her last, “Ultraviolence,”  but similar to her debut, “Born to Die.

Earlier this summer, Del Rey released the singles “High by the Beach,” “Terrence Loves You,” “Music to Watch Boys To,” and “Honeymoon.”

“High by the Beach,” an upbeat, electric tune, received nearly 23 million YouTube views, whereas “Music to Watch Boys To” received just 2 million. “Honeymoon” and “Terrence Loves You,” much darker songs, reached a total of just 8 million views. Still, the album itself received overwhelmingly positive reviews, probably due to its unique style.

It is evident that Del Rey conveys sadness and a broken heart through this album; that’s what makes the title so powerful—and ironic. Whereas most people cherish their honeymoons, Del Rey comments on her lover’s lack of interest in the relationship. Most evidently, “The Blackest Day” exemplifies this sense of abandonment.

Del Rey writes and sings with such raw emotion, each tune mystic. The entire album, interestingly enough, repeatedly references love, and seems to focus on one person. Even the track “Salvatore,” which is extremely upbeat, expresses her intense longing for someone.

Every track stresses her emotional pain; the album’s addressee is clearly absent.

Not only does Del Rey emphasize her romantic trauma, but she also stresses the concept of fame.

In “God Knows I Tried”—a heart breaking, yet easily relatable track—she elaborates on constant pressure. Whether or not the lyrics are meant to be taken literally is open for interpretation, but it is evident that Del Rey faces some unease. “Don’t Let Me Be Understood” could also be tied to her sudden rise to fame, with lyrics like: “I have faults like anyone.”

Many of these newer songs compare to her older songs, such as “Dark Paradise” and “Blue Jeans.” They all seem to carry a dark undertone, dealing with love. Del Rey makes good use of the slower notes, while still including pop-like songs. She knows how to make songs enjoyable, yet still very meaningful. Anyone dealing with a broken heart could relate to her lyrics tremendously.

Although a bit different from her previous album, Lana del Rey does a nice job recreating her darker, more sensitive image.

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