Thursday, February 2, 2012

In Defense of Lana Del Rey


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?



14 comments:

  1. I didn't think she did too bad on SNL but then the next day I heard how everyone hated her. I thought it was just because she changed her name and her dad bough her plastic surgery and she worked with managers to create this sort of image that they knew would sell easily. That's what I read/heard though. She didn't sound too bad though and I wouldn't say she "bombed". I need to go listen to her album to give final judgment. Even if I don't like her, I can still appreciate some good tunes.

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    1. Yeah she did get a ton of shit for changing her name and stuff. But honestly- WHO CARES!!! Her album is amazeballs!

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  2. Hey! I'm one of those people that lives under the rock... hadn't heard about the SNL performance so just went to watch it and agree she was god awful. I've REALLY wanted to love Lana after falling so madly in love with Video Games and Blue Jeans, but Born to Die (single) did noting for me so I was apprehensive to listen to the whole album. But, after this good little review I'll definitely give it a listen. Her performance on Jools Holland was fantastic, on SNL it felt like she was just pushing the song too much, clearly nervous as puff which is completely understandable.

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    1. Yeah she totally seemed nervous. Almost like someone just planted her up there and she was singing and looking around like "Where am I? How did I get here?!" But glad you're going to give the album a shot. It's definitely worth a listen!

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  3. I heard that she was super nervous for SNL performance, granted it was awful. BUT I seen some other live performances of hers were she rocked it. I'm a fan and think her album is great.

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    1. SO TRUE!! I honestly don't even care- her album is going to be one of my tops of 2012, I just have a feeling.

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  4. Wow. That was freaking amazing. At first it seemed kinda odd. But yay. So good. Thankyou for introducing her to me :)
    XO Samantha

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  5. i don't think she did that bad... she was off in a couple of places but i think her nerves got the best of her.

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    1. I totally agree. I think people were a bit harsh on her. She wasn't great, but whatever. She is obviously talented.

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  6. I am from Australia and so I we don't get up to date SNL. I heard her by mistake the other week and when her album came out I bought it on my iphone and on CD (for the car). I am in love with this chick and your right she is something different and I love different. From what I have read here, maybe that is why people don't get asked to go on SNL right away, they are still learning and need to bloom before going extremely famous over night. I think people judge too soon, once her songs get out there they will all be coming back. Now that I've had my little 2 cents worth I am off to listen to her while cleaning BLAH, now that is something to hate, haha!

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    1. YES!! Another Lana Del Rey lover!!! So happy you're into her as much as I am. Srsly, all the crap she got for the SNL performance was so annoying. But she definitely should have waited a bit before going on the show. Whatever! I don't care. Her CD is amazing!

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  7. I just found your blog via A for Ampersand & I'm really diggin' your writing! Definitely a new follower. As per Lana, I keep reading about her but have never heard her music... until now. Really interesting sound. I'd be interested to hear more! Does all her music sound like this song?
    xx. Jillian
    http://boyishchic.blogspot.com

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  8. I watched a little bit of the SNL piece but stopped. There are lots of artists who don't do well in front of a TV camera. I also think a lot of artists feed off the audiences energy. And she might not had a lot of fans in per presence. Not a lot of people in the crowd probably even knew who she was. So that resulted in what happened.

    But her album is AMAZING! I have it reserved so I just gotta go pick it up but I have listened to it over and over on spotify and lot played artist for the week for my last.fm account. She works with great producers, and one of her producers works a lot with Kid Cudi and Kanye, so I think that Lana's music can reach out to so many different people. I'm so happy to find another fan :)

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