Lana Del Rey @ 2014 Sweetlife

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I confess I stayed very far away from Lana Del Rey until last weekend. The whole hype train crashing into the backlash brigade at the start of her career really left a bad taste in my mouth and didn’t exactly motivate me to check out her work or give two fucks about her. But then I pulled up her music on Spotify a few hours before I headed out to Sweetlife and I was somewhat surprised that I really liked what I heard. So by the time her set rolled around Saturday night, I was more than a little intrigued to see what she had in store.

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Her show wasn’t much to speak of, but at least at this point in her career she knows what she’s trying to do. She’s very laid-back and understated on stage, with slow and deliberate movements, but it suits her. The fans down in front in the pavilion were absolutely losing their shit while she performed. I was definitely sensing Morrissey-type vibes from her rapport with the audience. She spent a full two minutes taking selfless wight he fans in the front row after the third song (and after we had been escorted from the pit). I had to run and do a few things after the first three so I didn’t get a chance to catch the rest of her set, but I’d definitely give her a shot if she’s coming to your town.

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - May 10th, 2014 - Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Her 2012 album, Born To Die, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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