Freak (Lana Del Rey song)

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"Freak"
LDR Freak Single Cover.png
A teaser that Del Rey posted of the song to Instagram
Song by Lana Del Rey from the album Honeymoon
Length 4:55
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Kieron Menzies
Honeymoon track listing
Music video
"Freak" on YouTube

"Freak" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey for her album Honeymoon (2015).[1][2] It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels. A music video for the song was released on February 9, 2016.[3]

Background[edit]

Del Rey debuted a preview of the track along with previews of "Terrence Loves You" and "Music to Watch Boys To" in The Honeymoon Sampler, which preceded the American release of the album by ten days.

Critical reception[edit]

DigitalSpy's Amy Davidson stated that Del Rey "dance[s] in slow motion with you before leaning in to convincingly whisper the argument towards being "a freak like me too" in your ear."[4] Jessica Hopper of Pitchfork stated that Del Rey branched away from the normal "pop music style" that she is known for and had begun to include California girl-lyrics into some of the songs off the album include "Freak", "High by the Beach", and "Art Deco". Hopper later went on to praise the switch in lyrical styling which is sampled in the song.[5]

Music video[edit]

On January 25, 2016, Del Rey confirmed on social media that a music video to accompany "Freak" had been completed,[6][7] later confirming that video would premiere on February 9, 2016.[8][9] She announced that the video would star the girls featured in "Music to Watch Boys To" and singer-songwriter Father John Misty. Segments of the music video were featured in The Honeymoon Sampler that was released onto YouTube on September 8, 2015.[10] The video, which was released on February 9, 2016,[11] features clips of Del Rey, Father John Misty, Chuck Grant and the girls from The Honeymoon Sampler and "Music to Watch Boys To" who were featured earlier in the film in a swimming pool as Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" plays. The video was directed by Del Rey herself.[12]

Release[edit]

The video premiered on February 9 at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California,[13] and was released on her Vevo channel on the same day of the premiere.

Critical reception[edit]

Critics responded positively to the video, with Alex Young of Consequence of Sound describing it as a "compelling, sultry visual"[14] and Nolan Feeney of Time suggesting that the "extravagant" film could be one of the best music videos of 2016.[15]

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