Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” has gotten a fair amount of airplay on WEHM, so I have a good idea of what the song should sound like. Now that I’ve a chance to watch her performance on Saturday Night Live, I see what went wrong that night.
She was nervous, and her breathing was irregular. This broke up the phrasing of the melody, adding awkward inhales/exhales to what should have been a very smooth delivery. She also didn’t seem to know what to do with her hands (aside from hold the microphone).
The scheduling of her appearance wasn’t right, either. Her new album, Born to Die, isn’t due for release until the end of January. The general public hasn’t had time to “live” with her music. Only her current fans (the “early adopters”) knew who she was, and the rest didn’t know what to expect. Everything turned this event into an off night in front a national television audience (not to mention Hulu and YouTube).
Whoever said that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, I hope they’re right.
Check out this performance where she’s much more sure of herself. Notice how her breathing and phrasing flow much more naturally. This is what you should expect if you go to one of her concerts.
Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” (live at Corinthia Hotel London)