"High By The Beach" is Lana Del Rey's new lead single from her forthcoming album "Honeymoon." It's a typical Lana Del Rey song, nothing extraordinary or great.
Lyrically the song is choppy and moves along with an airy slowness that supports her vocal range.
The song deceptively becomes more "up-tempo" and "poppier" with its trap-influenced beats and hip-hop influenced percussion, while the subdued organs and synth sampling add to the background textures.
The sound and production is closer to her "Born To Die" work and will make all of her fans happy. The song was leaked a week ago, and it was officially released yesterday. It is receiving nothing but praise from everyone reviewing it for one reason or another. In contrast to most opinions being offered with regard to this new single, I just don't think it's as great as others make it out to be. It's a song that is just alright, nothing amazing or great about this. Rate this song at 2½ Stars.
As far as being a return to form per se, it would be wiser to reserve such assessment until we've heard the rest of the new album.
The song can also be played for free directly from her YouTube posting. In only one day it has been listened to nearly a million times.
True fans can buy the new track from iTunes.