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Editors’ Notes

The opening track on Electra Heart—the second full-length by Welsh singer Marina Diamandis and her band—kicks things off with a well-placed pointy-toed boot. It's a tune so sticky and hooky that the word "assault" seems appropriate. Recalling the first wave of female singers who put sharp edges on danceable, pop-rooted music—like Lene Lovich and Kate Bush—Diamandis sinks her canines into the frothy "Bubblegum Bitch" as both an opening salvo and a warning. Where 2010's Family Jewels had a more narrow appeal, peppered with art-rock and new wave flavors, Electra Heart is more mainstream, featuring people who've also collaborated with Katy Perry, Madonna, and Lana Del Rey. But the record is tempered with biting, brash wordplay and unique arrangements that are probably a bit outside the grasp of mainstream U.S. audiences. Sexual politics play a large role thematically, and Diamandis' voice is among the most interesting in the genre right now. "I want blood, guts, and angelcake/I'm gonna puke it anyway," she trills in a semi-operatic moment. Cheekiness meshes well with her cabaret heart.

Customer Reviews

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

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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