Lana Del Rey was interviewed by Rolling Stone and said she’s not a bit bothered by all the negative press she got for her recent Saturday Night Live appearance. “I actually felt good about it,” she says. “I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine.”
Del Rey was praised over the Internet for her single, “Video Games,” but after her “SNL” performance critics called her live show off-key and just plain awkward.”
“But, Del Rey tells Rolling Stone that she didn’t feel so badly about her performance: “I know some people didn’t like it, but that’s just the way I perform, and my fans know that.”
As CBS News noted, the singer was attacked not only for your singing talent but for her image as well.
Many have described it as contrived, citing her name change (she was born Elizabeth Grant), her millionaire father, and her first album that was initially removed from iTunes so she could start fresh with her new album, “Born to Die.”
“There’s backlash about everything I do. It’s nothing new,” the singer told the music mag. “When I walk outside, people have something to say about it. It wouldn’t have mattered if I was absolutely excellent. People don’t have anything nice to say about this project.”
However, now reviews of “Born to Die” praise her lyrics, but criticize her vocals.
MTV News’ own James Montgomery liked her album, saying it is “positively brimming with atmospherics – soaring, sonorous strings, echoing electronic boom-bap, morose, maudlin guitar crescendos -all of which imbue it with a truly epic (if not unnecessarily dramatic) scope.”
Rolling Stone reviewer Rob Sheffield wrote, “Her strength is the lyrics, which have the pop-trash perversity that the music lacks. But her voice is pinched and prim, and her song doctors need to go the f–k back to med school.”
One more music expert speaks about the lack of believability of her persona.
“But the central failure of ‘Born to Die’ isn’t Del Rey’s lack of vocal agility – it’s that her music doesn’t communicate actual feeling…her moody, melancholic music carries only the aura of emotion,” according to the Washington Post film critic,” he said.
“This lack of belief in her protragonist is what ultimately dooms ‘Born to Die.’ Lana Del Rey isn’t nearly as convincing a fiction as David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Madonna Ciccone’s name-shortened boy-toy personal or even Taylor Swift’s character, ‘Taylor Swift.’”
Regardless of the criticism, Del Rey is moving forward. Whether she’s a particularly strong live performer or not, her Born to Die album is enjoying a mostly positive reception from music critics … those able to set aside their feelings about her as a public figure and focus on the music itself anyway.”
Slate‘s Jonah Weiner commented that he liked the album more after a few listens: “The more time I spend in its company, the more I feel as though I’m approaching it on something like its own terms.”