By Haleigh Santilli – Arts Editor
Indie-pop and music festival lovers rejoice, Lana Del Rey’s new album, “Honeymoon,” is here and it’s a melancholy dream come true.
Originally known as Lizzy Grant, Del Rey has previously released three full-length albums under her stage name. The singer-songwriter worked with Black Keys’ frontman and producer, Dan Auerbach, on “Ultraviolence,” Del Rey’s third album, released in June 2014. She also wrapped up her “Endless Summer” tour in June to promote the album.
Del Rey lends her eerie vocals on The Weeknd’s new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” on the song “Prisoner.”
“Honeymoon” received buzz before it was even released. US Urban Outfitters stores were allowed to have a listening party for the new album six days before the initial release on September 18.
Rather than the original indie-rock and dream-pop sounds Del Rey fans are used to hearing, her new album shows a mixture of styles for Del Rey. The album features tracks like “Terrence Loves You,” that reflect 2013’s “Young and Beautiful,” with sultry sound. “Salvatore” emulates her classic, dark lyrics with a slow sounding eerie tune.
Del Rey fills her listener’s ears with other head-swaying, dreamy tracks like “Music To Watch Boys To,” and “High By the Beach.” Both songs prove to be the most popular tracks on the album, with “High By the Beach” hitting twenty million views on YouTube and “Music To Watch Boys To” receving top ratings for on iTunes.
Del Rey’s album also includes a tribute to one of her musical icons, legend Nina Simone, as she covers Simone’s iconic song, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Being misunderstood is a characteristic both artists share.