Honeymoon is the fourth studio album and third major-label record by American singer Lana Del Rey. It was released on September 18, 2015, by UMG Recordings. Del Rey began planning the project two months after releasing her third studio albumUltraviolence (2014), ultimately deciding against reissuing the previous record in favor of producing a completely new follow-up project. Recording for the album began in December 2014, taking place at The Green Building and Electric Lady Studios before being finished in 2015.
Co-produced by Del Rey alongside longtime collaborators Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzies, Honeymoon takes influence from numerous genres including jazz, trap, blues, electronic and hip hop and has been characterized as more reminiscent of her major-label debut Born to Die and follow-up extended play Paradise (2012) than its immediate predecessor, Ultraviolence. The music features subtly layered vocals, decaying synths, echoing guitar lines, restrained drum patterns, chopped-and-screwed samples, and hints of jazz with lyrics that focus on themes of tortured romance, bitterness, lust, drugs, escapism and violence.
Upon release Honeymoon was commended by music critics, who praised its perceived consistency and timelessness, and further applauded Del Rey’s vocal delivery. Commercially the album was a success debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200, and peaking at number one in Australia and Ireland. “High by the Beach” was released as its lead single on August 10, 2015, and was followed by promotional singles “Terrence Loves You”, “Honeymoon”, and “Music to Watch Boys To” in anticipation of the parent record.
2. Music to Watch Boys to
3. Terrence Loves You
4. God Knows I Tried
5. High by the Beach
7. Art Deco
8. Burnt Norton (Interlude)
11. The Blackest Day
13. Swan Song
14. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood