In her latest album Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey sings: “Got my blue nail polish on. It’s my favorite color and my favorite tone of song”, lines that purely describe the songstress’ music style, a magical combination of pop culture references, romanticism and melancholy.
Labeled as what the world of music calls ‘Hollywood sadcore’, it appears that Del Rey’s music style has attracted a large fan-base, appealing to people nostalgic for old times. Lana Del Rey’s music may not be for everyone but it has a public of its own.
Her music has been described as having a cinematic sound and thus her songs have been the score for several motion pictures like Young and Beautiful featured on The Great Gatsby (2013) soundtrack, Big Eyes and I Can Fly that were written for Big Eyes (2014), as well as Life is Beautiful featured on the trailer for The Age of Adaline (2015). The singer/songwriter also covered Once Upon A Dream for the film Maleficent (2014).
Moreover in 2015, it was rumored that Lana Del Rey wrote a song for the 007’s new feature film Spectre but that it was overlooked in favor of Sam Smith’s Writings’ on the Wall. The internet has since then speculated that the song in question is the track entitled 24 on her Honeymoon album; especially that Spectre (2015) is the 24th James Bond movie.
Since her debut single Video Games became an internet sensation and an international success, Lana Del Rey was not only praised for bringing an alternative non-commercial sound to the music industry but also for her voice timbre. The singer possesses an expansive vocal range that can alternate with great ease from high and girlish to low and jazzy, adding a captivating quality and emotion to her already lush music sound.
In addition to the excellent 24, there are other songs that stand out in her latest album like the dreamy High By the Beach, the haunting Salvatore, the moving Blackest Day, the enigmatic Music To Watch Boys To, and her most emotional song yet Honeymoon.