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Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon album review (published in Metro, Sep 2015)

LANA DEL REY
HONEYMOON (Polydor)
**** out of 5

Exactly halfway through Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey serenades an object of desire who is simultaneously “so Art Deco” and “so ghetto”. She could just as easily be looking in the mirror, and addressing her fantasy image of herself. Del Rey is a living lesson in picking your aesthetic, sticking to it, and steadily perfecting it. Her fourth album, like the previous three, inhabits a faded Super 8 universe populated by Hollywood legends who “never grow old” and bad guys with “a history of violence” to whom she is unwisely devoted. The sound is Nelson Riddle by way of Massive Attack, and Lana's voice channels the ghosts of Mama Cass, Karen Carpenter and Doris Day as she quotes “Space Oddity” (lyrically), references “Careless Whisper” (melodically), and namechecks Easy Rider. There's no “Video Games” here - a song like that comes along once a century - but across the board, it's her most consistent longplayer yet. At her best, Lana Del Rey can prickle the hairs on your arms. And Honeymoon is a hair's breadth from a masterpiece.

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