And by “Houston” I mean Lana Del Rey. After first hearing of Lana Del Rey I became a fan. Kind of a different sound to her music. Her voice was sultry and sexy. Then I saw what she looked like and holy crap was she hot. She was like Jessica Rabbit. Her album comes out this month and she’s been picked on basically everyone’s list of breakout stars of 2012. Sure her songs kind of sound the same, and sometimes they aren’t very strong lyrically but it’s still an overall cool sound and I enjoy listening to her music. With all the hype surrounding Lana Del Rey and given that’s she’s always great to look at I was excited when I learned she was the musical guest on SNL last week. I tuned in and after her first performance of her single “Video Games” my immediate thought was “Uh oh this could be trouble”. Her performance was dull, boring and uninspired. But still I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I always thought her other two songs were better than “Video Games” anyway. So I eagerly waited until she took the stage for the second time. This time she went into my personal favorite of hers called “Blue Jeans”. It’s got a great hook “I will love you ’til the end of time. I would wait a million years”. I like to pretend she’s singing this song to me sometimes. Hey I get lonely so cut me some slack OK? Anyhow her second performance may have been even more lack luster than her first. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed. Lana Del Rey has the stage presence of a 10 year old at her first dance recital. She stood in one spot and barely even looked up. I know it can be tough on a show like SNL but she didn’t engage the audience at all. Her voice was, at times, all over the place. I always thought there were certain people that you just can’t take your eyes off of when you see them live. They have that certain “it” factor that is mesmerizing. All Lana Del Rey really has going for her in that department is that she’s extremely good looking. That’s great for a song or two but at the end of the day you need something more than that. There are plenty of good looking people in music. Lana Del Rey needs to work on her live act and fast otherwise her career will be over before it even starts. Staring at the ground while singing mediocre songs in a mediocre voice isn’t going to cut it for very long. I sure hope she gets it together because I do enjoy her music. Until then I’ll just listen to the studio album. The performance is below what do you think?
UPDATE: Since there was some debate over which performance was actually worse I posted both.