Marina and The Diamonds - Electra Heart [2012]

MUSiC, Album. April 26, 2012 by Anonymous.

Good stuff here. Different approach in a lot of aspects, but still a LOT of Marina flair. Love her! Deluxe Video Version Here.

Marina & the Diamonds - Electra Heart [2012] [Album]
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Abergavenny’s very own Marina Lambrini Diamandis releases her assured sophomore album ‘Electra Heart’ on 30th April 2012. The 26-year-old, better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is back with a new concept and a new look, and it seems blondes really DO have more fun. Allow me to introduce you to Electra Heart. She is a cold and formidable character who knows exactly what she wants and who she wants to be.

The album opens solidly with the toe-tappingly infectious ‘Bubblegum Bitch’. The up-tempo track, sweetened with catchy hooks and in-yo-face lyrics, is pure confection perfection. Trust me, you’ll be reciting “I’m gonna pop your bubblegum heart” before you know it. The album’s lead single, ‘Primadonna’, is up next. Electronic riffs abound, this beat-heavy number perfectly showcases Marina’s uniquely fabulous voice. The lyrics are somewhat conceited, but thankfully it is Electra singing, not Marina, so that’s okay.

‘Lies’ takes the album on an unexpected and demure path. Co-produced by Diplo, this is a beautiful ballad inspired by a failed relationship. It is down-tempo with a gentle nod to dubstep, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a Skream-esque remix just around the corner. Up next is an absolute stomper. ‘Homewrecker’ opens with a spoken verse that leads to a commanding chorus. This unapologetic anthem explores the darker side of love. A little advice; with lyrics professing “I break a million hearts just for fun”, I’d think twice about messing with Electra if I were you.

‘Starring Role’ identifies one-sided love within a relationship. Refreshingly though, instead of being heartbroken and vulnerable about it, the mid-tempo pop track portrays a frosty detachedness to the emotive subject. ‘The State of Dreaming’ has strings, chimes and a beguiling chorus line, yet feels rather like a filler. Thankfully it leads right onto the pounding ‘Power and Control’, which makes up for any misdemeanours. ‘Living Dead’, a turbulent electro triumph, is arguably the album’s highlight.

‘Teen Idle’ is an unhurried, harmony-laden delight, whereas ‘Valley of the Dolls’ is a fairly skippable slow burner. Thanks to its radio-friendly chorus and breezy melody, the mid-tempo ‘Hypocrates’ wouldn’t go amiss on a summer’s night. Finally, ‘Fear and Loathing’ is a stripped back, goosebump-educing close to an extremely listenable album.

If you were expecting the synth-tastic ‘Radioactive’ to be included on this album, you’ll have to wait for the deluxe edition. The song, which conquered dancefloors in September last year, will be included amongst three other bonus tracks entitled ‘Sex Yeah’, ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ and ‘Buy the Stars’.
-Andy Jones

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