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WATCH: Lana Del Rey Live
The Quietus , January 16th, 2012 12:47

Del Rey's performances for Saturday Night Live now available online

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After several months of growing hype and with an upcoming album to promote, Lana Del Rey made her debut on late night US TV on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The two songs she performed are now available to stream - click below to watch her power through 'Video Games' and 'Blue Jeans'.

Del Rey's debut album Born To Die is due for release at the end of this month.


daddysgirl
Jan 16, 2012 6:33pm

It's like her management lost touch with reality. She was so hyped in the UK they thought she was going to conquer America. Her chances at Top 40 success are now doomed. She has been compared by the non-music, mainstream media (Reuters!, HuffPo), to Ashlee Simpson, the singer who lip-synched on SNL and drowned her career as a result. The anger, seeming coming from people who'd never heard of her, was that she is yet another Kardashian-like rich person with no talent, who got where she is because of her "daddy". People were angry because SNL is usually a privilege, and it's for people who have some proven talent. To them, she looked like a 12-year old girl trying out for a school play. She became an emblem of the moneytocracy of America nowadays.

This just goes to show how much the Video Games vid did for her, and how her looks really got her far. Without the video to back her up or the sexy press shots, the interest really dips, majorly. It's really like either she, or her management, don't get it, you can manipulate the media and blogs but at some point you have to deliver the actual talent. This isn't bumblefickin' London as Azealia said, it's America, it's New York, a person given the opportunity needs to deliver. It's like her they were really coasting on her looks instead of having the woman actually have singing lessons and practice.

Bob Lefstz, who can be a twat, compared her to Rebecca Black. I dislike much of what he has to say, but in the context of America, I think he is right.

http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2012/01/15/lana-del-rey-on-snl/

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austin
Jan 16, 2012 6:37pm

Wow, really really bad... This is one "career" that could only be improved by drug addiction..

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mrg
Jan 16, 2012 7:09pm

I fail to understand why so many people are up in arms about this - almost as much as I fail to understand why so many people went nuts for 'video games' in the first place. The song's pretty boring (a third-rate Elysian Fields/Mazzy Star knock-off, y'ask me), and she's clearly a little nervous and uncomfortable here, but vocally she seems entirely competent.

She sounds pretty much as she does on the single, only not drenched in faux-vintage reverb. Were people expecting Mariah Carey-style melismatics or something?

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james
Jan 17, 2012 12:34pm

I don't think the Video Games perfomance is that bad really. I thought it was supposed to sound off kilter and a bit rough.

I think the real problem is that Blue Jeans is a terrible song! SHe should have done Off To The Races which is amazing!

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austin
Jan 17, 2012 8:25pm

In reply to mrg:

There are indeed differences in the quality of her vocals from the J. Ross Show to SNL... Girl's got the vocal breathy chanteuse-y thing down, but the UK is a much easier market to break than the USA... More care should have been taken to not let her debut in the US be on a show notorious for crappy sound, and to not expose her incredible lack of stage presence, especially so soon after Robyn put on a most acrobatic and star making performance aqt the same venue.

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