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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

Best Entire Album in Almost Twenty Years

Marina and the Diamonds' album, The Family Jewels, has EVERYTHING. It's philosophocal, self-deprecating, self-doubting, self-righteous, self-examining, and you can DANCE to it. Not since the eighties has something so fun and well-written, both lyrically and musically, been released. The production is A++, too - NOT your basic techno/dance beats but much more complex. And it's the whole album - every single track - no artist, even ones I LOVE, like Tori Amos and Fatboy Slim, have not made an album without at least one stinky track for the last nearly-twenty years. Don't let the slickness of the young woman's looks, her great voice, or the nods to robot themes (AGAIN? What is up with female vocalists and robots right now??) deter you - I wouldn't even look at the videos if I were you - take the entire album on its own - crank it somewhere where you don't have to sit still and where you can listen to the words, the sentiments, the ideas - I LOVE this thing - it's grungy and real and glossy at the same time - Thank you, Marina and the Diamonds, for this album - it's perfect for my solo road trip this summer - I believe I will ALWAYS love this album for its heart and joy - and right now I especially NEED that.

The Family Jewels glistens.

I've been listening to Marina for months now and I've been anxiously awaiting this release. Her huge voice hits the rollercoaster of notes in every song and works in harmony with her big theatrical music and lyrics. Each song has a unique sound that is distinct to her style. Marina's debut album sparkles with all its radiance and I feel as if she has a huge future ahead of her.

Unique voice

Something different for those of you tired of the same old on FM radio. You haven't heard a voice quite like this. Mowgli's Road, Hollywood and I Am Not a Robot are the standouts.


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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