Here comes the girl again, who can say the f-word in the most elegant way in the world, who can declare that she is crazy with the gaze of a queen.
Lana Del Rey’s new album «Honeymoon» is more similar to «Ultraviolence» than «Born to Die» in that the songs rather sound quite modern than conjure up the sense of 1960s’ filmic imagery like «Born to Die» did. Whereas she felt like a girl from a faded sun-baked photo from 1960s’ party in «Born To Die», laughing like there is nothing more important than the present, now she feels more like a 2010s’ grown-up with silent gaze. But still without tomorrow.
In «Honeymoon» she keeps rather a slow and languid tone throughout the album compared to her previous albums. Do not expect «Summertime Sadness». There are some surprisingly catchy songs such as «Freak» or «Art Deco», but most of the songs follow the guidance of the first song «Honeymoon». Then the romance she sings about is still the same —destructive but inescapable. She dreams of a honeymoon with roses in between her thighs while saying that she has been sent to destroy. She rather chooses to get high by the beach when it is not clear whether she can survive. She tells a boy to be a freak like her, observes an isolated Art Deco boy with seducing gaze. She goes down to her blackest day where she has nothing to talk and think about ever since her beloved went away, and sings her swan song at the edge of time as if tomorrow will never come.
Whether she sings in 1960s or in 2010s, she knows exactly what she can do with her voice. She can be a crazy, young and beautiful 17-year old girl, she can be a femme fatale who can wreck havoc with everything, she can be a queen with sublimity, she can be a goddess with divinity. Whatever way she takes, she sprinkles her melancholic poison everywhere as always—she is born to destroy.
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Record Label: Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Text: Yeonwoo Baik