Review written by Crystal W. (@crystalwang1017).

Lana Del Rey is one of the most iconic voices in pop music today. She inspires and is inspired by nearly every genre, from indie to hip-hop. More importantly, her character and image are the most detailed and influential they’ve been in recent years. Her third album, Honeymoon, came out last week.

She switches up the sound and the setting for this project, but her overarching story is as strong as ever. The entire album’s atmosphere is perfect. At points, you’re driving in black-and-white through mountains in Santa Monica. Lana is your soft-spoken, yet angsty 1950s prima donna girlfriend who you don’t treat well but she’s too afraid to leave you.

Lana’s voice sounds like a siren, surrounded by a velvety, rhythmic, mellow production. The beats are slow and dramatic — heavy on the strings with a distinctly trap influence. The snares on “Art Deco” and “Freak” sound like they could have been crafted based on a Gucci Mane song.

Honeymoon’s lyrics are overdramatic, romantic and poetic in typical Lana fashion. There’s enough one-liners on this album to supply cryptic Tweets for Tumblr girls the rest of the year.

From “Religion:”

Cause you’re my religion, you’re how I’m living
When all my friends say I should take some space
Well I can’t envision that for a minute
When I’m down on my knees, you’re how I pray
Hallelujah, I need your love

Begging for love at every lyric, Lana creates a character reminiscent of old Hollywood film actresses starring alongside a strong male lead. It comes off as campy and slightly pathetic, but at the same time, quite relatable. Her “woe is me” character conjures those feelings of unabashed basking in melodrama. Songs on Honeymoon are self-aware. There’s nothing held back.

From “Salvatore:”

Catch me if you can, working on my tan, Salvatore
Dying by the hand of a foreign man happily
Calling out my name in the summer rain, ciao amore

Honeymoon is on par with Born To Die, Lana’s second studio album, which captivated and hooked fans with its slow tempo crooning. Even if you’ve never really listened to her in the first place, Honeymoon is still a good place to start.

Listen to it below and let us know what you think!