Lana Del Rey was an internet sensation before she was signed to her record deal — and some detractors say she should have stayed there. The singer was ripped to shreds after a train wreck of a performance on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago, but she said while live performances aren’t her strong suit she thinks she did just fine.
“I’m not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange,” Del Rey said in a Q&A with Rolling Stone.
“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. There’s backlash about everything I do. It’s nothing new. 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, raising her hackles with the mag.
Of course, it’s no wonder Del Rey got snippy with the reporter considering the way Rolling Stone‘s reviewer Rob Sheffield reviewed her album Born To Die.
“Given her chic image, it’s a surprise how dull, dreary and pop-starved Born to Die is,” Sheffield wrote. “It goes for folky trip-hop ballads with a tragic vibe, kinda like Beth Orton used to do. Except she could sing.”
Ouch. You can read the entire exchange on RollingStone.com.
Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die was released on Jan. 27 and is available now.