Lana Del Rey received nothing but high praise from producer and Black Keys vocalist Dan Auerbach during his chat with Rolling Stone magazine.
In case you haven’t heard, the singer recently dropped a little album called Ultraviolence on the masses. Although the collection of tunes has stirred up a bit of controversy since its arrival, most people seem to enjoy what Lana and Auerbach put together. In fact, it’s still sitting very pretty on the Billboard 200 albums chart as of this writing.
During their recent interview with the good folks at Rolling Stone, Auerbach slung some high praise in Lana Del Rey’s general direction. In his opinion, no one in the business records the kind of music Lana is cranking out these days.
Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence pic.twitter.com/aRAZYscwYd
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 20, 2014
The Black Keys singer said of Del Rey’s abilities:
“Every criticism that I’d ever heard about her was proven wrong when I was in the studio with her. From how great the songs were to how confident she is as a musician to her fucking singing every song live, with a handheld microphone and a seven-piece band. I mean, get the fuck out of here, who does that? Nobody does that, there hasn’t been a number one pop record that was recorded like that in forty, fifty years.”
Of course, this is very different from the opinion ol’ Dan had of Lana Del Rey not too long ago. Back in 2012, Auerbach seemed to think Lana was just another wannabe pop singer whose star was quickly fading out. Since he’s receiving a bit of acclaim for producing Del Rey’s latest record, chances are he owes her an apology.
Here’s what he had to say a couple of years ago:
“On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that? We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up. But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.”
Another person who seems to think Lana Del Rey is the bee’s knees is Interscope founder Jimmy Iovine. When certain folks were demanding that the singer cooked up a proper single for Ultraviolence, Iovine essentially told them to back off. In his opinion, Lana is doing just fine on her own. No sense messing with success.
“On this album, in my opinion, you didn’t want her to try to do something. I felt she hit a bull’s-eye. Everybody’s saying to me, ‘We need a single,’ calling me from Europe. I said, ‘You don’t need anything.’ It’s a very coherent body of work, and thought any other conversation was a distraction.”
Be sure to check out Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach’s full interview in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Ultraviolence is out now.
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