For someone so seemingly tailor fit for the Indie music scene, Lana Del Rey is vehemently despised by would-be fans. Most credit her transformation from 'Lizzie Grant' to 'Lana Del Rey' as the reason for such distaste. Recently she was re-branded by producers, physically going from a short blonde bob to long dark locks along with numerous rumored lip injections.
But what most Indie critics and fans alike do not understand or even take time to realize is nearly every mainstream entertainer has undergone some sort of transformation from who they once were to who they now are. Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Stephanie Germanotta. Before Indie favorites Ethan Kath (Crystal Castles) and Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells) were performing at sold out venues around the world, Kath played bass for the obnoxiously Motley-Crue influenced band 'Kill Cheerleader' and Krauss was a failed teenybopper called 'RubyBlue'. And last but not least, sexy singer Katy Perry was Christian music singer 'Katy Hudson' (real name), before she began entertaining with lyrics about kissing girls.
Del Rey's recent debut performance on SNL had her being crucified by every media outlet as the "worst in history". It seems reasonable to deduce that most of the hatred stems from the fact that Del Rey is one of the only people to ever perform on the SNL stage without first having an album out yet. She seemed nervous, swaying awkwardly back and forth in a long cream gown. Her voice, agreeably pitchy, was simply not what viewers were expecting. By just a simple search on YouTube though it is clear that it was definitely not her best performance to date. But also not the worst singer in SNL history, Ashley Simpson has her easily beat by infamously doing the opposite of singing.
When asked about her controversial performance a few days after by Rolling Stone she 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."
Very true that Del Rey's voice is not a powerhouse like Rihanna or Christina Aguilera but she also does not do synthesizers, complicated dance routines or back up singers. She is as she appears and doesn't mind when that doesn't live up to others expectations. Lana Del Rey's voice reminds of a simpler time when sophisticated, interesting women like Fiona Apple and Alanis Morisette graced the airwaves.
What Lana Del Rey "lacks" vocally she more than makes up for lyrically. Writing all of her own songs and thereby injecting so much heart and soul into them makes Lana Del Rey's tunes better than any pop "club banger" I have ever heard. Then again, in this day and age how important is it to have the best singing voice? No one ever said that Madonna or Britney Spears have the voices of angels.
Lana Del Rey's album 'Born To Die' came out earlier this week on Tuesday, January 31st. I suggest you check it out and decide for yourself just what all the hype is about.