Honeymoon Review!!!

     From the sliding violin throughout the title track to the sultry vocals found just about everywhere else on the album, Lana Del Rey’s new album Honeymoon is hauntingly beautiful. I’ve been a fan for a long time and she never disappoints with new music.

Honeymoon: I feel like this song could definitely be featured on American Horror Story: Hotel! Think about it! A couple’s romantic honeymoon that takes place in a haunted hotel? It’s perfect. I honestly get chills listening to this song though. I think it’s the way that the notes create dissonance and the beautiful instrumental track combined with her perfect vocals.

Music To Watch Boys To: I absolutely love when singers sing both the harmonies and melodies on a track. This song is mysterious, sexy and unconventionally romantic; very true to Lana’s music style. I love the beat and the over all sound of the song!

Terrence Loves You: This song’s lyrics are so raw and passionate. With lines like “I lost myself when I lost you/and I still get trashed, darling when I hear your tunes/ but you are who you are” I feel like a lot of people can relate to this (at least I can) You can’t change people and you have to accept them the way they are. Weather that means trying to work through your differences or letting it go, you have to be able to understand that the choice you made was the best possible choice.

God Knows I Tried: I love the noise at the beginning of this song. It reminds me of summer. Lana Del Rey is so unapologetically herself and I admire her for that. She knows that her life is her own and nobody should judge her for doing or being what makes her happy and I think that this song is her way of responding to that.

High By The Beach: You all know that I love this song. I sang it at a tea bar in August. While the chorus isn’t my favorite (I find it a tat bit repetitive?) I love the verses and the over all sound of the song. I also really like that she incorporated an organ into the instrumentals!

Freak: I like this song because it reminds me of some of her older stuff. I think its the way she sings the verses with light and glimmering notes and then sings the chorus like a whisper-like the chorus is some sort of a secret.

Art Deco: I love that “Freak” just transitioned into this bubbly, futuristic, “Art Deco”. This reminds me of her older songs as well. Lana’s vocal range is definitely enviable! She can hit those shining high notes as well as the low notes.

Burnt Norton-Interlude: The vintage sound of this short interlude in which Lana speaks about time past, time present and time future is perfect. There isn’t much to say, but I love the poetic nature of it.

Religion: The sound of a Spanish Guitar really rounds out this song beautifully. This song is about a relationship that may not have been necessarily a good thing for anybody or healthy, but it was too important and special to give up on it The chorus states: “It never was about the party or the clothes/for you there’s only love/cause you’re my religion/ you’re how I’m living/when all my friends say I should take some space/well I can’t envision, that for a minute”. Another tale of a haunted love.

Salvatore: The beginning of this song seems like it could be straight out of a musical. Complete with an ominous laugh and a description of the lights in Miami it sets up a doomed love story perfectly. My favorite part is the bridge at the end. Lana sings sweetly and the piano plays simply in the background.

The Blackest Day: This is my favorite song on the album. It is such a raw confession of love to someone that is gone. I’m honestly crying while I’m listening to this. It’s perfect and terribly sad. I love sad songs because there is so much emotion that can be packed into them and I really appreciate when singers are candid and truthful with their emotions.

24: This isn’t my favorite song, but I don’t know why. It’s hard to explain. I like it,   it isn’t bad or anything, it’s just not my favorite.

Swan Song: I really like this song, I like the sound of it. It’s a little hypnotic and it’s very good for studying (I was trying to do french homework and listen to the album at the same time). I really

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: I love the way “cause I’m just a soul whose intentions are good” sounds. I like how it’s staccato. just really like the tempo and the timing and the pitch. It all works really well together. I guess I just like the way this song sounds in general! I feel like this song is in the same boat as “God Knows I Tried”.

I absolutely loved reviewing this album and sharing my thoughts about it with all of you! Let me know what you liked about the album and what your favorite song is!

-Swaggie Maggie

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