Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2015 Ratings: #341 / 918
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
2015 Ratings: #206
Liked by 36 people
September 18, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope, Polydor / Label
Art Pop, Chamber Pop / Genres
lanadelrey.com / Website
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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.

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.

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.

Rolling Stone

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

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.


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

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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
► BEST TRACKS: "Terrence Loves You", "The Blackest Day", "Art Deco" and "24"
► WORST TRACKS: "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" (I rather the original version)
Even though Honeymoon is full of beautiful instrumentation and has some of Lana’s best vocal performances to date, it’s extremely inconsistent and long. I feel like most of the songs in this album go on for way too long and that’s why the final project ends up sounding very tedious and repetitive. There are not many bad songs, but there are many fillers for sure.
BEST TRACKS: Honeymoon, Music To Watch Boys To, Religion, Salvatore, 24
WORST TRACKS: High By The Beach
While "Ultraviolence" is much more desolate, "Honeymoon" has more casual undertones exploring themes of seduction, freedom, and liberty despite its thrilling melancholia that we have now come to expect from her. The beauty within this album is that it manages to convey a similar experience to "Ultraviolet" without sounding like "Ultraviolet: SIDE B" or something like that, continuing her upwards trajectory as an artist capable of conveying contemplative ... read more
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Track List

  1. Honeymoon
  2. Music To Watch Boys To
  3. Terrence Loves You
  4. God Knows I Tried
  5. High By the Beach
  6. Freak
  7. Art Deco
  8. Burnt Norton
  9. Religion
  10. Salvatore
  11. The Blackest Day
  12. 24
  13. Swan Song
  14. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
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Added on: August 14, 2015