As 2015 is coming to an end, Rolling Stone has complied a list of the 50 best albums of this year. With so many strong artists to include, it was no surprise that Lana Del Rey took the 12th spot for her dark and orchestral album “Honeymoon.”
Some other artists featured in the list are Muse, Florence and the Machine and Lana’s favourites Bob Dylan and Father John Misty. The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” album, which includes the song “Prisoner” featuring Lana Del Rey, was also on the list taking 5th place.
“We both know that it’s not fashionable to love me,” Lana Del Rey intones at the beginning of her third album. It’s quite a way to kick off a Honeymoon, and exactly the kind of sultry gloominess we’ve come to expect and love from the high priestess of moody torch-pop. After injecting some garage-y guitars into 2014’s Dan Auerbach-produced Ultraviolence, Del Rey returned to the cinematic trip-hop of her star-making 2012 debut Born to Die, balancing catchy slow-burn come-ons like “Freaks” and the hit single “High By the Beach” with artier moments like “Burnt Norton,” her dreamy recitation of a T.S. Eliot poem, and the goth-soul Nina Simone/Animals cover “Don’t Let Me Be Understood.” Her gauzily distracted Peggy Lee persona and coolly sensual vocals were as alluringly provocative as ever (“you’re so art deco baby out on the floor,” she sings on “Art Deco”). But it was the haunting sense of heartache and aloneness in her evocations of the emulsified L.A. high-life that made Honeymoon such a devastating listen.” – Rolling Stone