Lana Del Rey’s single “Love” is a comeback from 2015 album Honeymoon

Sophie Bolen, Staff Writer

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Two years after her underwhelming album, Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey has released a new single that pays homage to her first three chart-topping albums– and it was monumental.

Lana had been teasing fans weeks before the release of her new single “Love” with poster art popping up around Los Angeles and around the social media scene. Excitement and rumors started to emerge on social media about release dates and possible album follow-ups. The single dropped on February 18th; yet, a month later it still proves to impress.

Lana is a singer-songwriter whose music falls under the “dreamy-pop” style. From her first studio album, Born To Die, to her later albums, Paradise and Ultraviolence (even the unsatisfying Honeymoon), Lana has had an apparent theme of romanticizing the American Dream in vintage-sounding ballads and anthems. Her vocals are normally accompanied by symphonies of strings, sounding as if they are coming straight from an old black and white motion picture. Her presence is cool and calm, yet full of passion, which is brought to life through her image usually displayed on 16mm film with soothing narration in her short films and passionate vocals singing about love and loss. As said before, Lana idealizes the vintage way of life, part of that being living in a lifestyle that was common in years’ past. In her old music, she victimizes herself through song and only finds personal worth through men and fame. This is all too different for “Love.”

I knew “Love” was the starting of a new generation, and a comeback after the all same-sounding songs of Honeymoon, from the first entrance of the strong and memorable beat which would accompany the melody throughout the rest of the song”

Lana’s vintage and dusty vocals soon chime in with the beat and lead up to the melody. The song soon pierces into a dramatic, cinematic-like “boom” and transitions into the distinguishable chorus. After hearing the build up and the chorus, all doubts about Lana’s future success has vanished. This single allowed me to believe that Honeymoon was never even released. Instead, “Love” has only followed the monumental Born To Die, Paradise, and Ultraviolence. The song’s instrumentals and vocals vividly characterize Lana’s familiar themes of blues, longing, and nostalgia, but is balanced with themes of hope, youth, and a hint of happiness– something that is unfamiliar with Lana’s music.

While “Love” is a haunting track, it leads to a bright and beautiful ending. Lana sings of the all too well known “you get ready you get all dressed up/ to go nowhere in particular,” but follows up with the normality and pureness of following love. The song is an outsider’s perspective into the feeling of youth and love. “Love” sincerely asserts that Lana once again has a place on the Top 100 list.

 

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