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Album Review

The second studio album from Marina Lambrini Diamandis finds the mercurial Welsh singer/songwriter assuming the role of diva in waiting, trading in the ballsy, quirky retro-pop of her 2010 debut, Family Jewels, for the glitzy (and still relatively ballsy) electro-thump pomp of Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. Produced by Dr. Luke (Katy Perry), Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen), and Rick Nowels (Madonna), Electra Heart is a brooding, sexy, desperate, overwrought, and infectious record that's both aware and unashamed of its contrivance. In short, Diamandis is trying to expose the artifice of big-box pop music by using its own voice, and despite the obvious trappings of the concept, she does a fairly respectable job. Her resonant operatic voice is expressive enough to make a lyric like "Candy bear, sweetie pie, I wanna be adored/I'm the girl you'd die for," from the capricious opener "Bubblegum Bitch," feel less like a floozy come-on and more like a malicious schoolyard taunt. When she sticks to that persona, as she does on standout cuts like the Lykke Li meets "Viva la Vida"-era Coldplay-influenced single "Primadonna" and the saucy, Lana Del Ray-inspired "Teen Idle," Electra Heart beats with the feral blood of an army of disenfranchised high-school loners coming into their own, but deeper, more depressive cuts like "The State of Dreaming," "Living Dead," and the grim, dancefloor-ready downer "Homewrecker," despite their catchy melodies, clever wordplay, and meticulous, radio-savvy production, reveal the lonely rebel, defiantly eating lunch alone, secretly wishing for acceptance. [A Deluxe Edition added five bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Powerful

Truly this album is more than a collection of twelve songs. Marina captures the emotions that everyone experiences throughout life - Electra Heart is a lifestyle, a set of feelings: heartbreak, love, sadness, rejection - and projects them perfectly. This album has so many layers, I have easily listened to this all the way through at least fifty times and I’m still discovering lyrics that I can relate to that I didn’t hear the time before. Marina is fantastic, not only as a lyricist, but as a creator. Electra Heart is one of the best creations the music industry has seen in the last ten years. The story that she captures through each and every one of the songs on this album is compelling yet heartwarming.
Words cannot do this album justice.

PERFECTION

Nothing more to say, other then, perfection.

One of only two...

Albums I own, the other being of cause Family Jewels. I like how this one sounds different to the last but still sounds unique. My two favrouites are Power & Control and Living Dead.

Love it!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Marina and the Diamonds, really just Marina Diamandis, was born in 1986 to Welsh and Greek parents, although she has often claimed to be from Ancient Greece. After dropping out of four different music courses at four different universities, she decided to make her own way in music, and began writing left-field pop songs. Early on, she claimed that her inspirations were Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani -- who she often covered at live gigs -- but her songs have a soulful edge pointing to a deeper source...
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