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Electra Heart [CD]

Marina & The Diamonds Audio CD
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Pop is cooler than it has ever been. No revelations there. Somewhat ironic perhaps though that the jewel in this new crown of credibility gut-laughs in the face of any notion of 'cool'. Marina (And The Diamonds) Diamandis is living, breathing, belting, vogue-ing proof of the unfathomable possibilities contained within organic pop in 2010. "I really couldn't give a damn whether ... Read more in Amazon's Marina & The Diamonds Store

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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 679 RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B007FRA8Z8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bubblegum Bitch
2. Primadonna
3. Lies
4. Homewrecker
5. Starring Role
6. The State Of Dreaming
7. Power & Control
8. Living Dead
9. Teen Idle
10. Valley Of The Dolls
11. Hypocrates
12. Fear And Loathing

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Electra Heart is the second album from Marina Diamandis, better known as Marina and the Diamonds. It is tasked with maintaining the standards of her debut album The Family Jewels and is produced by a cache of old school and A-List producers: Dr Luke (Katy Perry) and Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps) but mostly (9 out of 12 songs) Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kylie) and Rick Nowels (Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Lykke Li).

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Marina And The Diamonds Electra Heart

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic Bubblegum Pop 8 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As someone who has rather "alternative" taste in female musicians (Björk, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, etc), when I first heard "The Family Jewels" back in 2010 I was totally obsessed. The quirky welsh girl who wrote and composed her own songs on her cheap keyboard that she bought from Argos totally captured my imagination and became one of my favourite artists. Her music was the perfect combination of "indie" and pop - and it was a relief to actually have an album of fun pop music that actually had some credibility. It was some of the most beautiful pop music I had ever heard.

In 2011 she surprised us all by releasing the very commercially influenced "Radioactive", and I became rather worried about this next album. When "Primadonna" came out I was relieved. Yes, it was sugary bubblegum pop, but Marina's voice sounded amazing and her pretty quirkiness was back and actually sounded really cool surrounded by the commercial but well produced beats courtesy of Dr Luke. I resisted the urge to write a review straight away, as many other reviewers have, as I wanted to live with the album for a while and know how I felt about it.

The album starts with "Bubblegum Bitch", which sounds like a song from the opening credits from a 90's American teen chick film ("Clueless" springs to mind for me). "Lies" and "Starring Role" are both very currently commercial in their sound, but Marina's lyrics and genuine sounding vocal delivery rescue them from being total sell-outs.

"The State Of Dreaming" starts out sounding like its title - dreamy, ethereal and beautiful, and suddenly explodes into a very poppy, sweet but catchy chorus. "Power and Control" and "Living Dead" use powerful 80's sounding beats and epic choruses and work very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darker and Different 21 July 2012
By Rarar
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Radioactive by Marina and the Diamonds in 2011, I'll admit that I didn't originally like it. I liked Marina's first album, The Family Jewels, and enjoyed how different it was to the usual songs in the chart. Hearing Radioactive originally made me feel that Marina was going in the wrong direction - into the electronic, dance genre. I do enjoy listening to that kind of music, being a big fan of Ke$ha, but I disliked how she was changing her music. On a whim, though, I decided to purchase this album.

I regret my original thoughts.

This album is surprisingly extremely good. The songs are extremely catchy, and not entirely electronic-dance style. Here's what I think of each track:

BUBBLEGUM BITCH
This is a really catchy, self-centred song (in a good way!). In this, Electra Heart (Marina's not-alter-ego-but-really-is) is saying how she is "miss sugar pink, liquor liquour lips" and how she will "pop your bubblegum heart". This is probably one of my favourite tracks.

PRIMADONNA
The song reminds me of Hollywood from her first album. It's about being materialistic, and just wanting fame and glory. It's one of the more electronic songs.

LIES
In this song, Electra is stating how a boy and her should lie and pretend about being a good couple. They are very dysfunctional as a couple, but she is still asking him to stay, as she 'want[s] it to be perfect'. One of the darker songs.

HOMEWRECKER
Different to her usual songs, in this, Electra talks about how she 'breaks a million hearts just for fun.' It is highly catchy, and includes speech as well as singing.

STARRING ROLE
Similar to Primadonna, this is talking more about how she feels as if she is in a movie with her boyfriend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album. 30 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Marina's first album is one that I've listened to a 100 times over and was my summer album when it first came out. This one is very different but just as good.

Every song is good in it's own way. Highlighting her beautiful and unique voice and talent. I highly recommend this album, it has a great mix of tracks and showcases the new direction that she is taking that I think is a good one. After all, it is good when artists start to do new things. If it was a carbon copy of her last album It would be boring.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes deeper than the autotune... 21 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album I thought, as most others seem to have done: "Record Label Pressure".
The more I hear it - and hear interviews with Marina - the less I agree with that. Yes, the sound is more poppy, heavily produced and "mainstream", and you're either going to like that or you won't. And while I think it would be naive to imagine that there was no influence from the record label considering her previous disappointing sales, I also think that Marina has made a genuine artistic choice. It's not just ironic either, as many people seem to want to believe - I think she's trying to stop being smug enough to do an ironically pop album. Her last album ended with a song called "Guilty" that was not just about those around her failing to offer forgiveness - it was about Marina's inability to forgive herself. With this album, I think she has begun to accept and deal with her own personality flaws, and so for me it is on one level an album about redemption (although also about love). I think she's trying to redeem pop - I've heard her stating that she went on tour with Katy Perry and was impressed by the singer's actual skill. It's not that I'm trying to read to deeply into it: my point is that this album symbolises Marina calming down and being comfortable with her own popness - and after all, if the Family Jewels wasn't pop, what was? There's an unpleasant hint of snobbiness about dismissing this album as "too poppy".
So I'm going to compare this now with another recent second album: the Ting Tings. Did you know they had a second album out?? I barely did! "We Started Nothing" was a bright, unusual and catchy pop album that if not one of my all-time favourites was very enjoyable - not totally unlike the Family Jewels.
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Published 20 days ago by joseph laurence parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter loves listening to this
Published 1 month ago by PETER
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out Electra May Steal your Heart.
Electra Heart opens with the 90's inflected Bubblegum Bitch a sharp short punch to the senses that announces the arrival of Electra Heart, but a dramatic departure from The Family... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia Havard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought as a birthday present
Published 2 months ago by Mrs K F Beddow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Seller!
Very fast delivering an excellent condition of the item!

This is one of the best albums I've heard.

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Published 2 months ago by Ines
1.0 out of 5 stars missing track
i had to order power and control because it wouldn't download when I bought the album which was why I bought the album
Published 3 months ago by Peter Coley
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic pop album
A bit of background to this album to begin with. 'Electra Heart' is a persona created by Marina (and described as the antithesis to everything Marina stands for) used to tell a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by KMart
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I really like this album and will continue to support Marina, but I prefer The Family Jewels as it is more alternative.
Published 5 months ago by MerseyOrders
4.0 out of 5 stars thanx amazon
It went in a perfect quality thanx n,n+ Also i love all the songs+ but it was late+ wathever it was awesome
Published 5 months ago by rodrigo
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great tracks
"Fear and loathing" is fabulous and there are so e other great songs on this cd. Only discovered marina recently after watching the film "moth diaries" which... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss F P Blake
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