Okay so over the past few weeks, Lana Del Rey has become synonymous with "SNL FAIL" right along with Ashlee Simpson. If you've been hibernating since early January, let me catch you up to speed: This little lady, Lana Del Rey, (real name Lizzy Grant), seemingly overnight became the most buzzed about artist in recent memory for literally no reason at all. She had released a few songs that were rad, but hadn't even released a full album when she was booked on SNL. That doesn't happen in the real world. But yet it did for Lana Del Rey. (Some handjobs must have been exchanged behind the scenes there or something. Who cares. Not the point.) So she went on SNL and BOMBED. No joke- embarrassingly horribly failed. She looked pretty, but she sounded unsure and her voice didn't translate well at all. Just... yuck. I've given better performances in the shower.
After Lana's epic fail on SNL, most of the internet turned against her. People hate her. Like srsly hate her. Justin Beiber fans hating Selena Gomez levels of hate. It's crazy. All the while I sort of felt "meh" about it. I felt bad for her but wanted to hear the full album before I called her out as total bullshit. Her record, Born To Die, was released this week and the verdict is in: she's kind of awesome.
Whoa whoa whoa- don't jump down my throat, internet. I can feel you getting upset and calling me names already. Let's press pause and talk this out like adults. When I sat down to listen to the album, I tried my hardest not to let her SNL performance cloud my judgement. And truly, honestly speaking- the album is totally retro, mature, mysterious and extremely dramatic. I am totally blown away and I can't stop listening to it. Lana Del Rey fills a huge void in music that most of us probably didn't even know existed. She is everything dark, sexy and dangerous, making music that is left of center pop with a faux indie edge. She's not Gaga, she's not Adele, she's not so obscure indie that she could never be on the radio. Why was there so much hype around her originally? Because there was a hunger for someone like her. It also doesn't hurt that she's drop dead gorgeous.
So what do we make of her then? She delivered a gorgeous album but bombed her major TV debut. Honestly, I kind of couldn't even care less about the whole SNL thing. Born To Die is an amazing album. Let's not be foolish enough to think that Lana Del Rey made this album all on her own. She co-wrote every song on the album. Appreciating this album means giving credit to everyone else who worked on this album and pieced it together. Hell, she could simply be a puppet that someone is controlling from behind the scenes. I don't really care. If that's the case, then kudos to the puppeteer. Her voice is gorgeous on the recorded album and the songs are perfect background music to my life. Also, it totally doesn't hurt that she has a song on her Born To Die named "Carmen." (Literally, I think I'm going to make it a life stipulation that that song has to play every time I enter a room."
Really, you should all be listening to Lana Del Rey right now. You can think she's super lame because of her SNL performance, but you can't deny that her album is outrageously good. It just makes me want to cry while dancing around in a flowy dress & drinking a beer. Does that make sense? Probably not. But I just love love love this album. Listen on Spotify! Let me know if you love it as much as I do!! Also, I want to marry the dude in this video. Can someone make that happen?