Honeymoon (song)

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"Honeymoon"
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon (song) art.png
Promotional single by Lana Del Rey
from the album Honeymoon
Released September 7, 2015 (2015-09-07)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 5:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Del Rey
  • Nowels
  • Kieron Menzies
Honeymoon track listing
Music video
"Honeymoon" on YouTube

"Honeymoon" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey co-written by Rick Nowels. It was uploaded to her YouTube channel on July 14, 2015[4][5] and was released for purchase as the second promotional single on September 7, 2015 from her fourth studio album, Honeymoon.[6]

Composition[edit]

One reviewer described "Honeymoon" as a ballad that frames the concepts of the overall album: "The title track opens the album with a cello moan and high, creeping violins and then floats for nearly six minutes as Del Rey promises glorious, aimless freedom, but she sounds utterly alone. You suspect she’s singing to someone who’s long gone."[7] The song features sparse instrumental arrangements from a piano, a violin, and cello.[8][9]

Release history[edit]

Prior to the release, the lyrics to the song were released as part of a lyric book, which was available for purchase among the merchandise for The Endless Summer Tour.[10] Del Rey then posted two snippets of the song on her Instagram accounts,[11] the song was finally released in a lyric video, which was uploaded on her official YouTube channel on July 14, 2015.[12] The song was released through digital download on September 7, 2015.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Honeymoon" was directed and edited by Del Rey. When asked if she was going to release it, Del Rey expressed: "You haven’t seen the full video for Honeymoon because I didn’t put it out yet. I don’t know if I will because I made it myself." Del Rey didn't reveal the video because "Nothing really happened in it."[13] It leaked on the internet in July 2016, surfacing on YouTube,[13] the video, shot on VHS, features close-ups of Del Rey applying makeup in front of a vanity, and walking along a poolside and through a grassy lawn; interspersed is footage of a tiger.[13]

Reception[edit]

NME called the track "cinematic" and "emotionally thrilling" before describing it as "perhaps her most heart-stopping ballad yet".[14] The Verge described the song as "six minutes of meandering bliss" and praised the "sweeping strings and stuttering snares" that "float through the background of the song", but also identified that, "like much of Lana Del Rey's work, the core of its appeal is in her voice."[3] TIME called the song "characteristically broody" and "cinematic", and suggested it "leans closer to the sounds of her breakthrough LP Born to Die than the material she cooked up with the Black Keys' Dan Auderbach".[15] However, a reviewer for the Australian publication StereoNET disagreed, stating that the material sounded akin to that on Ultraviolence.[16]

The Independent praised the song, calling it "melancholic and beautiful".[17] Billboard said the song was "grander and more ambitious than anything the singer-songwriter has released thus far", describing it as "epic".[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[18] 154

References[edit]

  1. ^ Min, Lilian (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey's first full song from 'Honeymoon' is here and we're feeling it, big time". HelloGiggles. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Martin, Kerry (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey releases haunting new single 'Honeymoon'". CBC Music. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Plaugic, Lizzie (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey’s new single 'Honeymoon' is six minutes of meandering bliss". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Ayers, Mike (14 July 2015). "Hear Lana Del Rey's Orchestral New Single 'Honeymoon'". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Goodman, Jessica (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey releases eerie new track, 'Honeymoon'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Honeymoon (2015)". 7digital. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (19 September 2015). "The Saddest Honeymoon". The Atlantic. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Kowalchuk, Troy (30 September 2015). "Lana Del Rey’s “Honeymoon” is an exotic dream". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Saeed, Saeed (28 September 2015). "Album review: Honeymoon, by Lana Del Rey". The National. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  10. ^ White, Caitlin (15 May 2015). "Lana Del Rey Releases Lyrics To Honeymoon Title Track". Stereogum. SpinMedia. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Carley, Brennan (16 June 2015). "Lana Del Rey Teases New Song 'Honeymoon' on Instagram". Spin. SpinMedia. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey Unveils 'Honeymoon': Hear The Epic New Single". Billboard. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Bulut, Selim (5 July 2016). "Watch Lana Del Rey’s rejected ‘Honeymoon’ video". Dazed. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  14. ^ Hewitt, Ben (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey Just Delivered Perhaps Her Most Heart-Stopping Ballad Yet With New Single 'Honeymoon'". NME. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Feeney, Nolan (14 July 2015). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cinematic New Song 'Honeymoon'". TIME. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Allen, Sonia. "MUSIC REVIEW: Lana Del Rey - "Honeymoon"". StereoNET. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  17. ^ Denham, Jess (14 July 2015). "Lana Del Rey shares 'Honeymoon' on YouTube". The Independent. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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