It must be difficult for any artist to release their sophomore album knowing that it could make or break the career that they have so viciously fought for, but I think that Marina Lambrini Diamandis, or as she's better known Marina and the Diamonds, has succeeded where others have failed with second album, Electra Heart. Not only does she deliver the goods, but she brings them with personality, conviction and a genuine sense of tongue-in-cheek fun.
The first song, Radioactive, hardly set the clubbing or pop world alight, and for many hardcore fans it was a disappointment. Fast forward 6 months and Primadonna smashed that negativity altogether. It reminded us how talented Marina is as an artist and of her uncanny ability, which she showcased on debut album The Family Jewels, to draw us into a song with her actress-like delivery.
Generally the songs are based on a dance-pop sound, but it is fantastically different to what’s out there at the moment, being fresh and classy sounding. It's perfectly produced and vocally ahead of the game, especially where most contemporary Divas (Rihanna and Katy Perry) are concerned. Highlights are Primadona, Lies, Homewrecker and Staring Role. There are a few fillers too, Bubblegum Bitch being an example, and they do deflate the album slightly.
Overall though, Marina has succeeded in making an album of meaningful, evocative songs that should rightfully make her a universal superstar! Sure, as many have said before, she may be an acquired taste, but trust me she’ll take you to places you never thought you’d go, so I recommend you give her a listen.
From the exceptional, clean and at times frantic production to Marina's sensual contralto, this is an album much to be admired. Electra Heart is what dance music should be; fun, frivolous, touching, sometimes totally out there, but most importantly – real. There’s no denying that this album is amazingly enjoyable!
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