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Welsh singer/songwriter Marina Diamandis commands the spotlight from the opening track “Are You Satisfied?” onwards, alternately lusting after fame and recoiling from its trappings. Her elastic vocal presence — capable of sweet trills and throaty lows — brings out the feverish elation and biting mockery of her lyrics. Along the way, the ultra-caffeinated grooves of “Girls,” “Oh No!,” “Mowgli’s Road” and “Shampain” grab at the body as well as tease the mind. Beyond the dazzling surface of these tunes, Marina is capable of dissecting twisted relationships (“Obsessions,” “Hermit the Frog”) or tossing off snarky satire (“Hollywood”) with a merciless touch. When not giving herself a pep talk, she is prone to brutal introspection, as “Guilty” shows. “I Am Not a Robot” deserves special praise for its cool shimmer and yearning heart. Taking cues from everyone from Kate Bush to Gwen Stefani and Kate Nash, The Family Jewels ultimately stands on its own thanks to Marina’s smart, self-aware songs and the album’s sleek, hard-pumping production. Straight up, this album is a gem.

Customer Reviews

Marina Has Arrived... And Thank God!

Put simply; I love Marina and the Diamonds. More specifically, however, I love her voice, her attitude, and more than anything else, her ability to create songs that are beautifully crafted, sharp-witted, and almost painfully catchy. There is no denying that this album -- her debut -- is something to celebrate.

"Are You Satisfied?", "Oh No", and "Hollywood" are my three top favorite, as they are not only unique-sounding, they are fun to sing and dance to.

Overall, I believe "The Family Jewels" is an album that has certainly delivered on the promise of "Obsessions" and "I Am Not A Robot". Marina has made us something different, something enjoyable, and something that, without a doubt, has turned me into one of her --hopefully -- many Diamonds.

YOU are The Diamonds

Great to see a release in the US finally! What a fun listen for any kind of fan! Never know how to describe Marina to friends, so I just say a great indie, syntho-pop album! What a treat!

Where is...

..."Rootless"??? They bumped that track for "Seventeen". No good!

Amazing album, nonetheless.


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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