By Elisa C. Marques
Since her first EP named Paradise, no one thought the “queen of disaster”, Lana Del Rey, would last long in the music industry due to her melancholy yet authentic style of music. It’s hard to define what camp she belongs to when she mixes blues, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and psychedelic guitar in a more than alternative indie pop album.
Honeymoon, Del Rey’s third album, is a combination of Born to Die (2012), displaying the most uplifting beats Del Rey ever did, with Ultraviolence (2014) and its dark approach about beautiful women in bad scenarios. The evolution of Del Rey’s music cannot be clearly seen since she always talks about the “same goddamn person”, and this tragic love that took control of her whole existence, but her approach to the topic seems to always be different, and always more dramatic. On songs like Religion and The Blackest Day, Del Rey is on her knees “looking for love in all the wrong places”, saying “you’re how I pray.”
Her signature voice pitches are all over the place in her most personal album. With every song, the audience gets to know more not about Lana Del Rey, but about Elizabeth Grant, the girl who was never good enough; the girl who never got a shot in the music industry. Known for putting into songs the experiences she lived, God knows I tried is an outburst for Del Rey.
The album has also its catchy songs like High By The Beach and Music To Watch Boys To, which it’s no surprise since Del Rey always presented herself to the public as someone who would do whatever type of music she feels like. With that being said, the 30 year old beauty queen, praises the State of California in Freak and gives us a sweet Italian melody to her new possible single Salvatore.
Anyone who has been following Del Rey’s career knows that she can’t be underestimated and Honeymoon came to prove just that. An album full of sadness, madness and darkness. An album with the face of a star who hates fame.
Del Rey’s music is about listening and absorbing. It’s about learning to hear with your heart. It’s about interpretation, because there is always a reason for something to be said. As her Simone cover asks, don’t let it be misunderstood.