Despite all the scathing reviews for her Jan. 14 “Saturday Night Live” performance, Lana Del Rey claims to have satisfied the most important critic — herself.
“I actually felt good about it,” the 25-year-old singer told Rolling Stone. “I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine.
“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.”
The interview took place on the Monday after her performance, but surfaced on the eve of the release of Del Rey’s major-label record debut.
Del Rey landed the coveted gig even before her CD, “Born to Die,” had even been released; the New York-born performer had created a huge online buzz after posting a video of her song “Video Games.” Now that the album is officially out, critics have moved on from bashing her “SNL” performance — to bashing her record.
The New York product has become a lightning rod over her come-hither sex goddess looks, her viral video success — her YouTube clip for “Video Games” was viewed more than 20 million times and led to her contract with Interscope Records — and the “uniformity” of her songs.
“Every one of its 15 songs follows the style of the first single, awash in cheesy synthesized string effects, weighed down by dead-bolt beats. Both elements stifle the mix, only to swell (or, rather, bloat) at predictable moments,” wrote the Daily News’ Jim Farber in his review. “It’s all meant to sound grand and stately, but it feels inert, like some proto chill-pop recording left over from the ’80s. It’s so turgid, it makes Enya sound manic.”
Del Rey, though, may be getting the last laugh: “Born to Die” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 14 countries, including the United States.
“Thank you for making the record #1 in 11 countries,” the singer posted on her Facebook page earlier Tuesday. “Your sweet words have softened the effect of even the harshest reviews. I adore you.”
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