Lana Del Ray made her official music debut on Tuesday, with the release of her new album Born to Die, but everyone is still talking about her botched Saturday Night Live performance and the singer just doesn't understand why.
I actually felt good about it, she told Rolling Stone. I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine.
Del Ray took some harsh criticism after her somewhat shaky performance of Video Games on SNL. NBC's Brian Williams called her performance one of the worst outings in 'SNL' history.
When asked by Rolling Stone how it was to sing on live television, Del Ray said, It felt OK. The cast and crew said they loved it. I know some people didn't like it, but that's just the way I perform, and my fans know that.
She added that she wasn't a natural performer and did feel nervous during the performance.
Del Ray told Rolling Stone that there was a backlash to everything she did.
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. I'm sure that's why you're writing about it, she said in an interview with Rolling Stone's Austin Scaggs.
While Scaggs is a fan of Del Ray's Radio song, the album got terrible reviews by Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield.
Given her chic image, it's a surprise how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is, said Sheffield.
It goes for folky trip-hop ballads with a tragic vibe, kinda like Beth Orton used to do. Except she could sing, he said in a full review of Born to Die.
The Washington Post's Chris Richards called Born to Die an album of irritatingly comatose love songs, saying, These increasingly violent micro-cycles of hype and backlash are bad for young artists and exhausting for the rest of us.
Maura Judkis from the Washington Post didn't have the best things to say either: Lana, for the uninitiated, is a husky-voiced, pouty-lipped siren who quickly found fame online for her singles Blue Jeans and Video Games, which won fans among a certain demographic of Williamsburg-dwelling fixie-riding boys. That was the same demographic that instantly turned on her when it was discovered that Lana Del Rey was the product of marketers and consultants who were hired by the parents of a wannabe pop singer named Lizzy Grant.
Sahsha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker took more of a liking to the new album. Anyone committed to taking Del Rey down now would have to be deaf to the gorgeously odd confections that pop affords. There is little wisdom in 'Born to Die,' but more than enough pleasure, she wrote.