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Wasn't there but just saw this review - sounds like a bit of a disaster
There's just something about her I really don't like. I can't put my finger on it. No, I didn't see her last night, but will read the review now
set with her coming on stage at 9pm. I presume a lot of people have heard Blue Jeans and everyone has heard Video Games. Both were performed well as were her other songs. She wasn't amazing nor terrible to warrant an indie-rock backlash for the sake of it. (I'm an old indie kid at heart.) She was good live but nothing special.
For an artist who has yet to release more than a single, that's arguably ten minutes too long.
Its not like it was at the Barfly for a fiver. I see your point though, I don't think she should have been playing somewhere so big so soon anyway.
probably to larger crowds than that at the Scala, so the question of whether she played there too soon can only be answered by saying that if it sold out, then the venue was big enough.
I did see her on Jools Holland the other week and was surprised that someone has come up through the route she has and still looks so uncomfortable performing. I can’t decide whether or not it’s a good thing that she doesn’t seem particularly polished.
iirc this was a replacement for a smaller show that was one of her first ever
Unless I’ve read articles that aren’t accurate, she’s played lots of gigs in the states, and has worked with a lot of people in the music industry before Video Games broke and before coming over to the UK. I got the impression that she’s come up through the system to the extent that I’m surprised that she doesn’t seem that confident/proficient a performer.
i can't imagine this was her first show ever, but it was certainly her live debut as LDR, and that was two and a half months ago.
the NY/LA shows up there were cancelled and rescheduled, and aside from a secret show in Brooklyn, it appears this UK tour is her first ever tour.
been playing venues in New York for a couple of years before her recent breakthrough.
She does seem pretty ropey live, going by the youtube clips I've seen. This is coming from someone who really likes most of her recorded output to date.
However (from wikipedia):
Lizzie Grants management chose her stage name, Lana Del Rey, "I wanted to be a band but the label I was with and the team I had around me absolutely wanted me to be a solo artist. Lana Del Rey came from a series of managers and lawyers over the last 5 years who wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music."
Of course all reviews are the individuals perception, but I think this one missed the mark by quite some way - as BMS1 said - she wasn't as terrible as this makes out - in fact personally I thought it was quite mesmerising and this is the only negative review I've seen of the gig - all the others have been positive.
'Within the first twenty seconds of opener ‘Without You’ it is clear that all is not well musically in the Del Rey camp ' Hmmm...have a look at the You Tube footage of the gig and you'll see that her voice is pretty good overall.
'Rather, the problem is the inherent unpleasantness of watching someone try so desperately to fulfil an image of themselves' - this seems a massive assumption. The reviewer is making claims about character judgement of someone he has probably never met whilst standing in a crowd of people watching her on stage. How does he know that she is desperately trying to fulfil an image of themselves?
As for the size of the venue and price the gig was originally scheduled for the much smaller Madame Jo Jo's but sold out in 10 minutes or something ridiculous, so an upgrade was inevitable. The fact that the Scala sold out quickly as well suggests that the price and venue size were fine, and with a top 10 single I think playing a venue of this size seemed appropriate.
Personally I enjoyed her performance - of course she's not for everyone, but the character assassinations that are being carried out by the likes of Line of Best Fit, Hipster Run Off and We Listen For You and the like smack of hidden agendas (to drive traffic to their sites by being controversial ?, to make them 'cool').
It's not the time for her to be nervous, it's understandable but she should be confident and able to hold herself together. Her nervousness has mad her fit though, this is true....however I still think her songs suck.
I dont like that article it calls people stupid for taking 2 positions I dont think many actual take, and then comes up with an equally over thought analysis, its annoying when you see writers desperate to have an angle, or to see through things, or set things in a wider context or however else they want to show off, she doesnt really warrant it, shes released 2 accomplished songs that lots of people like, dont think there is much else to be said yet.