The media hasn’t exactly cherished Lana Del Rey with open arms. Music bloggers have been on a blitzkrieg, bashing Del Rey’s style, music and talent. But she has had the last laugh, her new album, Born to Die made it to No. 2 on the Billboard charts only behind-Mrs. 2011-Adele, who just won six Grammy’s.
On Feb. 9, proving wrong critics that say she can’t perform live; Del Rey sang songs from Born to Die to a packed house at Amoeba record store in San Francisco. Along with the free performance, Del Rey signed albums and souvenirs for awestruck fans.
Dressed in American flag shirts, white button downs, and wreaths of flowers, fans emulated Del Rey’s modest but sultry look. To the joy of the crowd, Del Rey wore a white dress and Converse shoes, which is becoming a signature look for the New York City songstress.
The performance was intimate as Del Rey worked off the crowd’s energy, starting with “Born to Die,” the lyrics to the track, “Let’s go get high,” were met with loud cheers from the Haight Ashbury locals. Del Rey also sang crowd favorites: “Blue Jeans,” “Million Dollar Man,” “Video Games” and “China Doll.” She hit every note to a T, sounding strikingly similar to the film noiresqu Nancy Sinatra.
Fans relished in the chance to meet their idol up close during the signing. After two hours, the line barely moved as Del Rey really took a moment to meet each of her fans one at a time. Some were even lucky enough to land a kiss from Del Rey, even sending some teenage fans to tears of sheer overwhelming joy.
Although music critics ridicule her, Del Rey has a vintage, unique and outstanding talent rarely seen nowadays in our glossed up lip-synching pop world. Her live performance at Amoeba proved she is more than just a pretty face, the girl can sing. Surely once she tours and promotes her album in 2012; haters will convert to lovers of Lana Del Rey.
Source: SF Weekly