Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)
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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. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
Welcome to the Life of Electra Heart
I love Marina and the Diamonds and to say that her new album Electra Heart is a masterpiece is an understatement. Multi-layered song writing, beautiful vocals, and catchy hooks are all present on this sweet treat of an album. Stand out tracks include Homewrecker, How to be a Heartbreaker, and Fear and Loathing, but I recommend listening to and buying them all. Keep it up Marina!
The only reason...
The only reason "How to Be a Heartbreaker" is most popular is because it's being bought by all of those people who couldn't wait for the US edition to come out so they imported it... People are great :)
Fantastic Album by an Extraordinary Artist
Stop what you're doing right this instant and give this girl a listen. You WON'T be disappointed. I promise.
Formed: 2005 in London, England
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Marina and The Diamonds
||How to Be a Heartbreaker||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Primadonna||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Oh No!||The Family Jewels||3:00||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Lies||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||3:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bubblegum Bitch||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||2:34||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Teen Idle||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||4:14||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Am Not a Robot||The Family Jewels||3:32||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Homewrecker||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||3:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Are You Satisfied?||The Family Jewels||3:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Starring Role||Electra Heart (Deluxe Version)||3:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|