Lana Del Rey is back with a new album, Honeymoon – and surprisingly, Pitchfork likes it. (Am I the only one who thinks that's weird?)
I didn't have my ear to the ground for a new Lana album, but rather discovered it purely by accident on the day it dropped (yesterday, Sept 21). And I obviously freaked out, because I'm nothing if not eager to hear what Lana does next. I was addicted to her sad-girl/bad-girl sugar pop anthems in college, and I've stuck with her even through the darker moments of Ultraviolence.
So I lay awake late last night, listening to the new Lana and, fittingly, smoking cigarettes in the dark.
Here are my top 3 tracks so far. Check out the link at the bottom, and go give Honeymoon a listen yourself!
Terrence Loves You
Haunting and melodic are certainly overused when it comes to describing Lana's songs, but this track wholeheartedly deserves the usage of both. The title might lead you to think it's not her usual fare, but it's Lana emptier, more lost, more deserving of persona she crafts for herself than ever before.
The Blackest Day
Pitchfork says this is the album's emotional climax. I don't know, maybe it is. I just like the melody. It clocks in at just over 6 minutes, but they're 6 minutes I really want to listen to.
This almost belongs on the soundtrack of a vintage James Bond film, spliced with gangster noir and a dash of old western. Atmospherically gorgeous and – welp – haunting.
Here's the official album art, above. Listen to Honeymoon here!