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Overview

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.


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Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602547488305
catalogNumber: 2375002
Rank: 1716

Tracks

  1. Honeymoon
  2. Music To Watch Boys To
  3. Terrence Loves You
  4. God Knows I Tried
  5. High By The Beach
  6. Freak
  7. Art Deco
  8. Burnt Norton (Interlude)
  9. Religion
  10. Salvatore
  11. The Blackest Day
  12. 24
  13. Swan Song
  14. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lana 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 Credits

Bennie 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

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