Marina & The Diamonds!

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Another myspace success story, like Lily Allen and Little Boots. She's being introduced to the world at large now, but I've been a fan for close to two years (one of the few times I can claim to actually have been around very near the beginning of something). Placed 2nd in the BBC's Sound of 2010 list, blah blah blah.

Debut album The Family Jewels comes out in a month, but she's released three singles already and a fourth one around the corner (all with accompanying videos).

And no, I'm not a goddamn street-teamer. I've been here for YEARS!

Let this thread THRIVE.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 January 2010 11:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 January 2010 11:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Obsessions"

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 January 2010 11:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

I like her, but am still sorting out how much. She definitely produces some very catchy songs that have become stuck in my head quite quickly. I'm tired and I've said more about her on other threads, but I hope I'll be back with something more to say on this one.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2010 11:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Seventeen" is also pretty good, imo. There's a lot of variety in her songwriting, but along with that I get the sense that she is really flailing about trying to figure out what she wants to do musically; but she's got talent so the sort of mish-mash that the songs some times sound like to me is interesting. I guess I should save this for her official thread which I see you started.

― _Rudipherous_, Friday, January 22, 2010 6:24 AM (9 minutes ago)

Yeah, there's definitely some stylistic variety, but I think that comes from (what I perceive as) a reticence to listen to older music. Based on some of her blog posts, she's not at the point yet where she's really curious about music older than she is. Feels unfair to label her another in a long line of Kate Bush clones, because it's not clear to me she's all that knowledgeable of Bush's catalogue.

from Nialler:

What music did you listen to when you were growing up?
I listened to very little when I was growing up. The only music i remember making a connection with was No Doubt’s first record. Haha! And I remember standing by the fireplace and singing ‘Wonderwall’ and feeling very passionate/ dramatic. Haha!

The songs you’ve shared thus far are quite dramatic and definitely have an air of Kate Bush which rings through more than other people in the last few years who have been compared to her. Do you mind? Are you a fan? What are your favourite Bush songs?
I don’t mind. I don’t give it much thought. Not to say I don’t appreciate it, I am very flattered. When people started comparing me to her about three years ago, I was like ‘Who’s Kate Bush?’. Can you imagine?! Anyway, I got mum to send me six songs of hers in the post. ‘Babooshka’, ‘Running Up That Hill’, ‘Wuthering Heights’.. I definitely fell in love instantly. An instant click, it felt like she was my sonic sister and in a very genuine way. Not because I had every tried to sound like her. I really can’t imagine doing anything worse.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 January 2010 11:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

there's definitely some stylistic variety, but I think that comes from (what I perceive as) a reticence to listen to older music

That's not what I would have expected, because to me it sounds like she is listening to lots of older music, so that's interesting if true. Of course, there's a lot that one can absorb by osmosis, which I suspect is what is going on in her case, though maybe she is simply re-inventing things in certain cases.

I'm a little nervous that her ambition to be a pop star could undermine her, in her specific case, because it sounds to me as if she has real talent as a creator and doesn't need to be industrialized.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2010 13:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

She doesn't sound that much like recent pop music to me, though I am certainly not tuned in enough to really say with any confidence. As I said before, her vocals do remind me of Shakira at times, and I don't particularly like when she gets into that territory, but it doesn't bother me enough to make me tune out (for now).

Since I'm not much of a Britney fan, I'm not thrilled with the prospect of Marina working with Britney's producer (or one of them or whatever that article I linked to before said), though I'm certainly willing to give the results a listen.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2010 13:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm really hooked on "I am not a Robot" right now.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2010 13:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think people can be forgiven for imagining a Kate Bush influence at 2:16 on "Mowgli's Road" if nowhere else, haha. (Not saying there is, just saying it's easy to see why people would make that comparison.) Funny thing: I keep hearing "Mowgli's Road" in my head mashed up with the chorus of Janelle Monae's "Come Alive." Okay, I probably should get off this thread, since my presence may be a kiss of death, or it might at least temporarily stunt the thread's growth potential.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2010 13:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

I Am Not a Robot was one of my favourite songs of 2009, and she's got a lot of raw talent. There's a lot of stylistic discrepancy and I don't think she has a firm sense of herself as an artist yet, but I like most of what she ends up doing.

Seventeen is wonderful. Hollywood is...um...good, but confused?

Honestly, my biggest fear is that she'll end up catching a lot of flak over things extraneous to the music. While she cops to not being incredibly well-informed about certain things, she seems very thoughtful (both on her website and in her songs) - by which I mean, she's using her music as a place through which to puzzle out how she feels about herself, society, etc. etc. But viz. Hollywood, it doesn't always happen in the most coherent or accurate fashion - a little didactic at times. And if 2009 taught us anything, it's that people are generally looking for an excuse to prove that buzzed-about pop women are stupid (see: Quietus and Florence) or otherwise objectionable (see: La Roux).

So while it seems perverse to me to punish the kind of musician who will publicly reflect on, for example, Shakira's video for 'She Wolf', her own reaction to it, and how that slots into her own concerns about marketing herself/her sexuality/image, it's likely going to happen. And it won't be pretty.

Alex in Montreal, Sunday, 24 January 2010 00:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of sad that I didn't hear some of my favorite singles from 2009 until after I had submitted my ballot. I would have voted for "Mowgli's Road," and for that matter I probably would have at least also nominated "I Am Not A Robot." But there's next year to vote for the album, assuming I like it enough overall to want to do so. (And anyway, not sure why I should really be wringing my hands over silly ILM EOY poll.)

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 January 2010 00:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Alex is right. One of the things that's endeared her to me the most, besides the music itself, is that she does everything out in the open. She thinks out loud. It will most certainly add fuel to the fire when it comes time for the backlash, but in the mean time I look forward to seeing her put the pieces together.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 January 2010 00:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

All I know is she's got songwriting talent in spades and I just hope she doesn't let it get crushed by other people with their own ideas of what she should sound like. (It's not as though that should even be necessary for commercial success, since she's certainly very accessible.)

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

That "you don't know fuck about my family" reminds me of a fight I heard a couple of my neighbors having earlier this year, since a lot of what the woman in the couple was saying was very much along those lines, in content and expression.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also that phrase "hotly tipped" (which seems to be in the press kit or something) sounds really silly to me, and vaguely obscene, making me want to use it myself.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

First heard her quite a while ago, loved "Mowgli's Road" (sounds like Dr Who theme tune) and "I am not a robot" for some reason took ages to completely bowl me over but now it's one of my most-listened to tracks.

I got her confused with Florence & the Machine when she/they came along but Marina's so much lovelier.

Not the real Village People, Sunday, 24 January 2010 02:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Florence seemed to come out of the gate with all her shit together, which is fine. It's good shit. But I love watching Marina evolve.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 January 2010 02:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm really hooked on "I am not a Robot" right now.

― _Rudipherous_, Friday, January 22, 2010 8:44 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark

^^ This.

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Sunday, 24 January 2010 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

But I kind of wish I hadn't just watched that video.

t(o_o)t (ENBB), Sunday, 24 January 2010 15:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

still love this:

m the g, Sunday, 24 January 2010 16:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm obsessed with the mess that's Marina (well not really obsessed):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2010/jan/25/marina-and-the-diamonds-gonzales

I actually think this song is the weakest, or at least the most problematic, of the bunch, but in another way it's kind of hard to resist.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think my biggest problem with "Hollywood" is the whole "Oh my god" segment, which isn't funny enough to justify her over-the-top mimicking. It seems too much like a Valley girl imitating another Valley girl or something. Does she imagine more distance from herself than the target of her mockery, or is one finger also intentionally pointing back at herself? I don't really know.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 01:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

That could become an issue in general: she is not necessarily so distance from what it is that she is distancing herself from. Of course, that can also potentially lead to interesting tensions. To quote one of her own myspace comments again: "Can you be within popular culture without becoming it?" Answer: no, or at least generally no. Is that what she wants to do?

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 01:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Her site just got professionally revamped, and they seem to have swept away almost all of her more curious/candid blog posts. Shame on you, 679/Atlantic records.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 23:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Booooo!

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm having a hard time maintaining any concern about whether "Hollywood" makes any sense because on repeated listens I'm actually more and more bowled over by the overall sound. (I bet it would sound better if I didn't understand English though. Not that she doesn't come up with some good lines and stuff.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'd be really surprised if she doesn't blow up pretty big in the U.S. (but then again I may not understand the pop world enough to be so sure).

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hollywood has some cringe-worthy lyrics, but I've been able to overlook them because I, too, am into the overall sound.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

She's too weird for US chart pop (even charts where Grizzly Bear and Vampire Weekend have #1 albums). Her fame will be fueled by BBC dj's and blogs.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Obsessions" is still a little lower for me than most of the other songs I've heard (which is just a few) but my favorite part of that is the nonsense syllables in the middle.

Incidentally, it would potentially be great for me if she did end up digging into her Greek heritage and stealing some ideas from Greek music, because there's a lot of accessible greatness in that music. Also, I'd be curious to know more about distinctively Welsh music (which seems to have a lower profile than Irish or Scottish music, for instance).

Of course, she could be just fine without delving into those things--I'm just thinking they could add interest for me in the future.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 January 2010 08:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

?

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've been hearing a lot about her over the last year but somehow managed to not actually hear any of her songs. After going through this thread and watching her video's I'm really impressed. Marina seems like she's doing a similar kind of thing to Florence & The Machine but with much better songs and a much better voice.

Her vocals on Hollywood remind me so much of Lene Lovich which is no bad thing.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 30 January 2010 15:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

The rework/rearrangement she did with Gonzales make me like "Hollywood" quite a bit more than before:

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 31 January 2010 11:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Here's an album sampler video too (that I made from the iTunes clips). If you're on the fence about looking forward to the album, this will push you one way or the other. If you don't want to ruin your first impressions, do not click the play arrow:

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 31 January 2010 12:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't have enough discipline to want to be surprised.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 1 February 2010 00:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm. Hard to tell what I'm going to think of these other songs based on the snippets. "Numb" sounds promising. "Shampain": most 80s sounding track of hers yet? "Girls" is a bit ironic for me since I sent a link to some Marina to a female friend who made some nasty comment about Marina being a girl and not liking girls. (She generally doesn't like female vocalists, and in fairness to all parties, listens to even less pop than I do. I mean, I didn't really expect her to like Marina at all, so it was somewhat pointless on my part.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 1 February 2010 00:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Shampain has been my favorite song of hers for a long, long time. Numb sounds so wonderfully fleshed out now compared to its demo form, though. It could become a favorite.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 February 2010 03:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wasn't sure if I was going to get this album but it's currently listed at 4.99 on Amazon so I couldn't resist. Free postage too.

I think Hollywood is my least favorite of the singles she's put out so far, it does have me wanting to play my Lene Lovich albums though.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 4 February 2010 13:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

4.99

Assuming you mean GBP? The lowest I can find it on import to the US is 13.99 USD (which is really good for an import, btw).

She's on Jonathan Ross this week, but I'll have to wait another week until it airs on BBC America.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yes, Lene Lovitch.

She was on GMTV this morning, Marina I mean.

One of those "I'll mention America in my lyrics, and slightly suggest it's not all wonderful but not as much as would put off the USA from me"

Mark G, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

She wrote a blog a long time ago (which Atlantic/679 handlers have conveniently wiped from existence) about she really is obsessed with America, everything good and bad about it. Not in a political sense or anything, but in the consumer and pop culture aspects. Especially the things that are glorified in movies like cheerleaders and muscle cars.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah sorry, should have made that clear it's on Amazon.co.uk. I'm not sure if it's a mistake that's a ridiculous price but I got my order in straight away.

The single is apparently just outside the top 10 at the moment so hopefully Jonathan Ross will push her into the top 10.

I saw the performance on GMTV this morning, she was pretty good despite the awkward interview before.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

The lowest I can find it on import to the US is 13.99 USD (which is really good for an import, btw).

Crap, I just pre-ordered it for several dollars more than that. Where did you see that price? (I don't generally pre-order things either, but I just pre-ordered the new Tokyo Jihen, so I am on a roll. Any CDs I'm going to get this month, I'm going to have to wait for I guess. Unless I want to spend money I don't want to spend, but nope, I don't.)

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

I read something where she said her father listened to nothing but classical Greek music (and choral church music--or maybe that was her mother), so I'm curious now what she means by that. Does she really mean classical music, or does she mean classic Greek singers like Kazantzidis and Marinella?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

CDWOW is where I buy most of my UK imports... reliably cheap.
http://www.cdwow.us/search?q=marina+and+the+diamonds&t=all

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 February 2010 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's a really good album: I'd managed to be aware of all the press without ever hearing a note of music, and I wish I'd paid attention as the singles came out. They are the standouts, as someone hearing the songs for the first time all together, but the rest isn't just filler. Like Mark G, my first thought was Lene Lovich, mannered in the same way, but Marina manages to make it coquettish rather than harpyish, and she uses the mannerisms to serve the songs.

ithappens, Monday, 8 February 2010 18:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

I still haven't heard the whole album, but I like Alex Petridis's review (!): http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/feb/18/marina-and-the-diamonds-cd-review

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 19 February 2010 01:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Although it looks like maybe the whole thing is now streaming on her myspace? Anyway, I'm once again listening through what's there to stream, which is a lot more than what was up before.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 19 February 2010 01:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

don't think there is a bad song on here

sir ilx-a-lot (cutty), Friday, 19 February 2010 01:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.nme.com/news/marina-and-the-diamonds/54471

Marina And The Diamonds singer Marina Diamandis has said she's frustrated that she isn't as successful as she wants to be - describing her 2010 as "a failure".

Speaking to Australian radio station Undercover FM, Diamandis also said she was unhappy with how she had been promoted by her American record label.

"I feel more like a failure than a success," she said. "I haven’t done anything I want to do. For someone who wants to be one of the best artists of her generation, I've done fuck all."

The singer, who has always been outspoken about her ambitions, responded to a question about whether she was happy about her success in 2010 by saying: "No, I'm pissed off I'm not bigger."

She was specifically negative about her lack of success in the USA, blaming her American record label Chop Shop for not promoting her properly. "It’s [her American fanbase] been built purely on me and my online presence," she said. "The label haven't really promoted me at all."

Diamandis also spoke about the follow up to last year's debut album 'The Family Jewels', which she cancelled her planned January US tour to begin work on. "The second record will be all about the lyrics," she said. "It's quite political and it’s about feminism and sex. It's an abrasive pop record."

Dr. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 7 January 2011 16:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gotta admit sounds a little bratty. I've talked about her w/ friends... we've all come to the general consensus that she's pretty "meh".

heh (kelpolaris), Friday, 7 January 2011 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

One one hand, she was never going to be the next Lady Gaga (or someone with a similar level of fame), but on the other hand she's absolutely right that her American label has dropped the ball. To my knowledge, she's been on television here exactly once in the last year (on Craig Ferguson's barely-watched late night show).

Dr. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 7 January 2011 16:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think she's great but probably not for the same reasons she thinks she's great. In this case it's more about the music than the lyrics and persona and so forth, for me, though I wouldn't say those things don't count at all. It's a bit ominous the next one is supposed to be all about the lyrics, but it will probably turn out fine.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 7 January 2011 16:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

New song (one of a few new demos that are apparently floating about, although I haven't found them).

http://disconaivete.tumblr.com/post/2992155559/sex-yeah

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like it. It's not going to win her any fans around here. I don't think she's playing to her strengths by trying to be a social critic, but I like the music enough I don't care.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

New album can't come soon enough for me.

Cars and Freedom (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 29 January 2011 21:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wank and The Socks

Morcheeba, simply happening. (PaulTMA), Saturday, 29 January 2011 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

i only like a couple of her songs right now but she look intersting

ciderpress, Saturday, 29 January 2011 23:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

'shampain' sounds like Army of Lovers imo

ciderpress, Saturday, 29 January 2011 23:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Here's a different one, "Living Dead"

http://soundcloud.com/meatmen/marina-the-diamonds-living-dead

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 30 January 2011 00:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for your research.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Living Dead" sounds a little too much like Little Boots to me, but it's otherwise okay.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

x-post

That ones okay. Parts of it are musically bombastic in a way I'm not into. Sounds like a potential hit though.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mostly ignore all those other BBC acts, or whatever dismissive term people use. Actually, I have given some of them a chance, but haven't been into any allegedly related acts (not even Florence & the Machine, though I can see the appeal).

This sounds like it could have been a hit in the mid-to-late 80s.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wait, Little Boots is one of those acts, right?

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

She was. No one's heard from her since (which seemed like an inevitability).

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

'shampain' sounds like Army of Lovers imo

Ha! Maybe that's why I like Marina so much.

Rocker Brian (Abbbottt), Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Marina music

Rocker Brian (Abbbottt), Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

I need to go back and refresh my memory re: Army of Lovers, apparently.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbh I don't hear the comparison at all but if there is a cosmic thread *somewhere* it makes sense – I would like anyone psychically connected to Army of Lovers

Rocker Brian (Abbbottt), Sunday, 30 January 2011 01:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

its just that one song and i think it has to do with the production and vocals on the chorus

ciderpress, Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Classy

Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 11:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's not good. way to taint a beautiful song...

if anyone's interested, I splurged some words about The Family Jewels in my end-of-year blog a while back.

http://ocularonions.blogspot.com/2010/12/obligatory-fin-de-siecle-list-making.html

m the g, Thursday, 17 March 2011 10:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Good piece.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

awesome piece, need to hear all the ones I haven't yet

WD-40 (acoleuthic), Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

also yeah the M&D album is great to dip into - the second half is almost ridiculously good as second halves of pop albums go - starting halfway through was kinda my way into this

WD-40 (acoleuthic), Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

thanks folks.

for me, it took a while to get to grips with the second half of The Family Jewels. it seemed weak compared to the opening tirade, but it definitely eventually revealed itself as the stronger half. seeing her do these songs live was the key, I think. rootless and numb and, especially, guilty were so powerful in the flesh.

m the g, Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I think I'm about ready for a new album. After a long break, The Family Jewels is sounding great again.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 7 August 2011 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

New stuffs

Radioactive is particularly poppy, but not in the way that will bring her any chart success.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

They seem less interesting to me than what she's already released, but I could maybe become preoccupied with some of the changes she is making. Definitely hear her using her voice differently. Were these collaborations? It doesn't seem that the overall musical feel has her unique imprint. On first listens, Fear & Loathing appeals to me more.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fear & Loathing is definitely the more nuanced of the two, as Radioactive is clearly a push for a hit single (produced by Stargate even). Apparently, there's some kind of "two sides of Marina" theme building for this second album...which seems gimmicky and dumb imo...but I'll wait until there are more than two songs by which to judge it.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Only two sides?

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apparently, there's some kind of "two sides of Marina" theme building for this second album

There's an awful "more facets to this diamond" promo tag line that I'm tempted to run with.

"Please let your friends know about it!!" (R Baez), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

The first video also looks more like her idea. The second one is just too boring and cliche-ridden. (Could still be her idea.)

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not really feeling Radioactive despite it being the kind of thing I usually like. Maybe I get easily bored by songs that repeat the title really blatantly over and over? but there's an acoustic version which I actually prefer (this v rarely happens with me). She's been tweeting about 'electra heart' for about a million years; I assumed it was some kind of alter ego which yeah, seems beneath her....
I only recently heard 'Sinful' which has stuck in my head far more strongly.

kinder, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 06:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Hmm...Homewrecker.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sounds like Womanizer

kinder, Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm about 1/20th excited for this new album as I was her first one.

(perhaps even less)

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's a youtube of a new one Primadonna from a gig but the sound quality is crap so I stopped listening.

kinder, Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's supposed to be the "real" lead single from the album. I like it far more than Homewrecker.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sounds like Pet Shop Boys. (Homewrecker, that is.)

!Alicia!, Sunday, 26 February 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the video distortion trick.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prima Donna

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

really wanna like this new stuff but that sounds like .. the old stuff Xd with bits of the production off Femme Fatale era Britney.

piscesx, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

in its defense, Prima Donna is probably the best of these new tracks and I understand why they've saved it to be the "kickoff" single.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

pisces otm, was thinking same.

kinder, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like this prima donna song it's cute

sounds like katy perry a lot more than britbrit

surm, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

six track stream here http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/26/marina-diamonds-electra-heart-review

piscesx, Friday, 27 April 2012 01:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Whole thing has actually leaked fwiw. It's way more polished and poppy than the first album, but that works to her advantage imo. Also, I think her singing is getting better.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 27 April 2012 03:22 (1 year ago) Permalink


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