If Lana Del Rey Were Interesting, She’d Be Oh Land On a Bad Day

Pardon my French ladies and gentleman, but fuck Lana Del Rey.

I’ve been following the story of Del Rey with equal parts fascination and skepticism since she landed on my radar last year. At the time, she was still known by some folk as Lizzy Grant, with two albums of laid back folk pop to her name. The few tracks I’ve heard off these early recordings I didn’t find offensive it any way, nor did they leave me begging for more. They were just…average. However, after an image makeover and the retirement of the Lizzy Grant moniker in favour of the far more glamourous Lana Del Rey nom de plume, Lizzy, errr…Lana is the name on everyone’s lips these days. For many people it’s because of her less than stellar performance on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks back, which showcased Del Rey at her sleep inducing worst and had many a knicker twisted in rage.

My advice to those of you who are already tired of the (over) hype of Del Rey and are disappointed at what might have been is to have a looksy at Oh Land (aka Nanna Øland Fabricius), a Danish singer-songstress who I promise won’t leave you with that numb feeling you might be afflicted with after a Lana performance. Fabricius’ first U.S. release (Oh Land) back in March was followed by some high profile gigs on Letterman and Kimmel, so there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with her work. Also,  her video for Sun of a Gun has about a billion views on YouTube, so there’s that, too. And while her image might be that of a budding pop music queen (she recently toured with Katy Perry, but don’t hold that against her), she at least presents herself in an interesting way when it comes to live performances. It’s a little more substance over style. And that statement is directed right at Ms. Del Rey.

Here’s Rainbow, live.

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on January 30, 2012, in Indie, Music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Lana Del Ray is simply a 2 hit wonder and there have been thousands of those artists over the years……………it’s amazing how the internet can spread the buzz so quickly but then who really uses the internet as a real reference ? Her second 15 minutes of fame are up and if she is resourceful enough she will reappear as somebody else ……. she has already done it once and in 6 months everyone will have forgotten

  2. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.

  3. I saw Oh Land live, [as the video proves] she sounds better live than on record. She’s a vocal mixture of Erykah Badu and Natasha Bedingfield – good combo. Even if Oh Land isn’t the most jaw dropping singer in the world, she knows how to manipulate her voice magnificently to do whatever she wants it to. Her performances are a little eery but really goofy, fun and captivating to watch.

    This Del Ray Girl…meh. Although, she was kind of cute before the lip injections and probable face injections and nose job. Also, so far she seems to maintain a healthy and manageable body weight – which is hard to come by in entertainment

    • p.s. Del Rey seems to have aged backwards. An article online from Jan 2010 said she was 24 and as of Jan 2012 she’s only 25…?

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