OK. I watched both videos and, considering this is her U.S. television debut, Lana Del Rey‘s performances on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live seem sort of fine. (For what it’s worth, Rolling Stone has previously described her live shows as “anxious.”)
But Lana Del Rey is relatively frosh, isn’t she? She was only signed to a label in 2011. She sure has an interesting sound, though, and she’s more on-key than Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and sometimes Adele, who—please! Please don’t shoot me!—can get a little “pitchy.” I’m sorry! But it’s true!
I’m a little sad, then, that Lana Del Rey is getting completely shredded online today. I’m not even a fan of hers! But she has a voice like a sylph.
Freaking Reuters, man:
Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” is a slow burn of a song — but it was too slow a burn for some “Saturday Night Live” viewers.
The songstress is a divisive figure for music fans, embraced by some for her modern-day torch songs and dismissed by others as a poseur. Her “SNL” performance of “VIdeo Games” and another song, “Blue Jeans,” seem to have won her few new fans.
She was given the chance to perform Saturday before even releasing her first album, and the Twitterati were brutal.
Among the unimpressed viewers was Juliette Lewis, a star of NBC’s new legal drama “The Firm,” who broke ranks with the network to criticize Del Rey.
“Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 year old in their bedroom when they’re pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes,” she tweeted.
Added actress Eliza Dushku: “Who…..is…..this wack-a-doodle chick performing on #SNL..? Whaaaa?”
Did Entertainment Weekly get in on this auto da fé? You bet:
If Radcliffe was making a strong first impression as an SNL host (I wouldn’t be surprised if they had him back someday) first-time musical guest Lana Del Rey did anything but. Just ask the Internet. After both of the singer’s warbly performances, first “Video Games” and then “Blue Jeans”, the Twitterverse was doing anything but singing the controversial pop star’s praises. …Having never heard Del Rey perform live myself (which was probably the case for many viewers, considering the singer hasn’t released her debut album yet) I’d venture to say she made her mark on SNL, but probably not the one she’d hoped for.
Look, I get it. When the audience becomes convinced that somebody’s spotlight is unearned, they yell for blood. (Just look at reactions to the Kardashians or the cast of Jersey Shore.) Sure, OK, she’s still too green to put on TV. But you can’t sincerely tell me this ravishing kid isn’t a natural talent.
In any case, I’m convinced that if you close your eyes, either song sounds a lot better than it looks.
What do you think? Was her performance as bad as critics say?
(Image via New York Daily News.)