Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2015 Ratings: #281 / 977
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
2015 Ratings: #206
Liked by 65 people
September 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels, Kieron Menzies / Producer
Art Pop, Chamber Pop / Genres
lanadelrey.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

I adore our companionship. I like to take your communiques on long walks, picturing the empty mansion on a hilltop where you wrote this. Your occasional missives to me have been nothing but charming and entrancing.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Honeymoon reaffirms her ability to make important, masterful pop music that doesn’t pay a blind bit of notice to fashion and it's all the better for it.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Honeymoon is an album in the classic sense, a set piece that begs for close listening and confounds anyone searching for a collection of hit singles.

80
Rolling Stone

Whatever her intentions, they've led to her most genuinely thrilling music ever.

80
The Guardian

With a little chopped-and-screwed modernity, hints of jazz and Morricone-like soundscapes, there’s a timelessness to Honeymoon, and an intrigue that should linger longer than her previous LPs.

80
NME

An intoxicating listen, ‘Honeymoon’ is designed for the red neon glow of a smoky cabaret bar, a Californian answer to the chanson tradition.

80
Time Out London

With Del Rey co-producing throughout, ‘Honeymoon’ unfolds languidly over 65 minutes in a familiar swirl of cinematic strings, twangy guitars and exquisitely miserable melodies.

80
Exclaim!

Honeymoon ... is at times brilliant and occasionally boring, a record that moves and morphs, taunts and mystifies.

80
DIY

This isn’t an album stripped of hooks - far from it - but everything’s approached with a sunken, strung-out quality. It’s Lana’s own style, and in a world where the biggest pop acts construct their own universe, hers could be the most distinct and untouchable.

80
PopMatters

Producing three major-label albums in four years has developed Lana Del Rey into an artistic innovator who fearlessly draws from style and substance across the past century, whose vision is completely original and not remotely predictable.

80
Mojo

From here, Del Rey will surely be forced to redraw the blueprint, but for now, this is her best yet.

75
Pitchfork

Honeymoon just synthesizes ideas she's been vamping on from the beginning into a unified work. She figured where she was going long before she got there; with Honeymoon she has finally arrived.

70
AllMusic

Honeymoon seems comfortingly melancholic and that's the truest sign that it is the fullest execution of Lana Del Rey's grand plan yet.

70
musicOMH

Honeymoon contains all the usual lyrical themes that have dominated her first two records. It is also as broody and cinematic as ever. Yet, why change what has already proved to be a winning formula? What’s more, it may very well be her most fully realised and complete record to date.

70
Billboard

Honeymoon erases most of Del Rey’s modern influences ... to better display her sepulchral voice and highly-stylized phrasing, in which the melisma is so arbitrary, it almost seems determined by throws of the I Ching.

70
Spin

Many of the 14 tracks meander like scenes in a Sophia Coppola film, all variations on depression and scenic pans of sparkling cities and desert expanses.

70
American Songwriter

Honeymoon isn’t quite as fine as Ultraviolence, but that’s less an indictment of the new album than high praise of the older one ... In any case, Del Rey’s rollercoaster of a career seems to have steadied on an impressively high level.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

It was the best of Lana albums, it was the worst of Lana albums. Her voice is immaculate and the music soars.

67
Consequence of Sound

Del Rey is comfortable with the role she’s chosen to represent, no matter how melodramatic or cliched it may come across at this point in her career.

60
Slant Magazine

So little of Honeymoon, beyond early highlight and trolling feint of a lead single “High by the Beach,” differentiates itself from a prevailing, uniformly glacial pace.

60
Under The Radar

There are certain landmarks that characterize a Lana del Rey album: melodrama, nostalgia, and cultural allusions to American myths that are comforting and easily recognizable. Honeymoon has all of that in spades, and Del Rey's dark paradise is becoming more tangible as her career progresses.

60
NOW Magazine

Whereas her last album had a gently psychedelic and live-off-the-floor feel, Honeymoon plays it safer with “cinematic” arrangements occasionally pumped up (but not excessively so) with modern drum sounds.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

The new record marches, with halting steps, toward suffocating, if lovely, dullness. Lana Del Rey overachieves in this regard. Honeymoon becomes interminable about halfway into its runtime.

GersonAOTY
87
Honeymoon (9.8/10)
Music To Watch Boys To (9.2/10)
Terrence Loves You (10/10)
God Knows I Tried (9.3/10)
High By the Beach (8.7/10)
Freak (9.3/10)
Art Deco (8.5/10)
Burnt Norton (8.3/10)
Religion (7.8/10)
Salvatore (8.3/10)
The Blackest Day (9.7/10)
24 (8/10)
Swan Song (7.8/10)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (7.4/10)

Average Score: 87 💚
choice_kingdom
30
Fuck this shit. There's no content here. None. It's just a collection of multiple variations of the same concept and, let me say, those variations aren't even varied. Lana's potential is ruined. She's better than this.
Melancoholic
45
Weak.
nikoni
79
honeymoon é talvez seu segundo melhor álbum, e um álbum ambicioso pois dividiu sua fã base e setou o rumo que a mesma iria tomar como artista
porpoise
70
While not fully free from their weaknesses, Honeymoon feels like it combines the strengths of the three albums that predate it. Soaring instrumentals from Born To Die, better vocals from Paradise, and mature lyrics from Ultraviolence. Although some areas still blend together into a boring mush, there are some actual highs on this record, things that impressed me, that I enjoyed. This is definitely closer to NFR Lana than anything I’ve heard prior.
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Added on: August 14, 2015