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Lana Del Ray: New Album

by Camiron Czarny, staff writer

Lana Del Rey’s new album, “Honeymoon”, was released on Sept. 18 by Interscope Records.  It’s an album about love, but “love”, as Del Rey sings it, sounds like mourning. The romance here is closer to addiction—something that’s sought for its ability to blot out the rest of life’s miseries.

Del Rey’s new album is “like her other albums and it doesn’t get old,” said Alanna Keenan, sophomore.

Del Rey has many interesting song titles in her new album. A few of the song titles give off a no guilt feeling. They are, “God Knows I Tried”, “High By The Beach”, “Freak”, “Art Deco”, “Burnt Norton”, “Salvatore”, and “The Blackest Day”. These give off a sort of no embarrassment feeling that shows that she doesn’t care what critics say. Del Rey is comfortable with the role she’s chosen to represent, no matter how cliched it may come across at this point in her career. She’s the sad girl who can’t be cheered up, no matter how wonderful her life may be.

“I love her retro vibe,” said Jessica Wallace, junior.

“Honeymoon” is the first of many numbers on the album. Del Rey’s voice develops empathy and honesty as the chorus descends. Jazz drums cushion her words. The song “Ultraviolence” suggests that Del Rey lives in a world more shadowed than we, the listeners, know. “Honeymoon” takes that a step further by continuing in the lyrical drama and turning down the overall tempo. “God Knows I Tried” is at a country blues pace, while “Art Deco” employs a lazy beat. “High by the Beach” fits right in with her “Diet Mtn Dew” song from her previous album because it gets stuck in your head until you hum it aloud. For Del Rey, honeymoons mean embracing the beauty of longing, no matter how painful love can get. In her world, love can’t exist without loneliness. “I lost myself when I lost you. But I still got jazz when I’ve got those blues,” she sings on “Terrence Loves You”. It seems that the world in which Del Rey was meant to live in is a short-lived escape.