January 30th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
It seems you either love Lana Del Rey or you love to hate her, and her album "Born To Die" - officially released tomorrow but having already leaked online - has brought out similarly mixed reviews.
Rolling Stone describes the 25-year-old as being " a starlet to music bloggers...but for the rest of us, she's just another aspiring singer who wasn't ready to make an album yet. Given her chic image, it's surprising how dull, dreary and pop-starved 'Born to Die' is."
The effort is "an impressive gambit," the Los Angeles Times says in its review, "that ultimately rings hollow because of a weak performance by the actor/singer Elizabeth Grant."
The Boston Globe picks up the thread, chiming in to say that "Born to Die" is "a staggering disappointment" that's "more of a sketch than a statement."
MTV, however, was willing to cut her some slack. "No matter how you view her, you've got to give Del Rey and her team credit for creating an album that fills the room and the headphones...It is a record that is positively brimming with atmospherics...all of which imbue it with a truly epic scope."
Adds the New York Times, "Ms. Del Rey has an idea about her presentation, which counts for something...but her singing still sounds like a road test. 'Born to Die' doesn't solve Ms. Del Rey's problems because it isn't aware of them; it's a multiple choice test with every answer scanned 'C.'"
If you've heard "Born to Die," what's your verdict? Either way, the singer has surely lived through the Internet's hype-turned-hate to babysit another day.
Del Rey told MTV that "people would be surprised to know that I live a really quiet life - a really normal life. I still have my same babysitting job."
When she's available, Del Rey says, "I babysit twice a week...It's just because it's something I've been doing for a while. But I have been traveling a lot." (Of her 10-year-old charge, she says, "He's very with it.")
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