Marina and The Diamonds
The Family Jewels


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthew D. French USER (50 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2011 | 33 replies | 3,274 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: with her debut, Marina has made it abundantly clear that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the realm of pop, threatening to potentially steal the spotlight in coming years.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

2010, the year that renowned artists such as Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, etc., rose to the higher echelons of pop music by honing their craft was also the year that we saw the emergence of the wild and quirky Welsh pop singer Marina Diamandis with her album The Family Jewels. Now, The Family Jewels isn’t the genre’s saving grace, but it’s a damn fine debut LP full of glorious pop sheen, propelled by Marina’s idiosyncratic vocal delivery and somewhat unconventional songwriting prowess. Throughout the course of 13 songs Marina grabs the attention of her audience with irresistible pop hooks and choruses so catchy that they nestle in your mind, demanding to be sung along to. Marina plays to her pop sensibilities by borrowing elements from cited influences that range from Kate Bush to Elliott Smith, infusing various musical styles to create something organic and invigorating within a genre notorious for its homogeneity.

The vast majority of songs ride a wave of emphatic happiness; most of them are so bubbly and light-hearted that their dulcet beats are enough to rouse even those apathetic to most pop. Tracks like “Hollywood” challenge some of the finest pop songs of yesteryear, with a piano backing a chorus as Marina flamboyantly sings “Hollywood infected your brain / You wanted kissing in the rain / Living in a movie scene / Puking American dreams.” Its brilliance is somewhat lost in how upbeat and catchy it is, but Marina scintillatingly weaves such irony into tracks and exposes a lot of clichés like this. What’s surprising is how genuine and honest it all comes across, as many pop artists tend to sound detached when approaching the genre. It seems as though British female pop stars have been making a splash in popular music recently and Marina & The Diamonds has cemented herself as one of the better, more distinguishable pop stars to emerge in 2010. Highly recommended for people seeking a contemporary pop album with a keen sense of exceptional songwriting that’s very enjoyable through and through.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gyromania
July 22nd 2011



15495 Comments


Just a short writeup that started out as a soundoff which I extended into a tiny review. I'm bored and trying to get back into reviewing. Expect longer, more coherent reviews int he coming days.

Parallels
July 22nd 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"The Family Jewels isn’t the genre’s saving grace"

yes it is

whatev, its a marina review. So awesome man, props

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011



12571 Comments


Wow, this has to be the shortest review I've seen you do. It's good too, pos.

Parallels
July 22nd 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah its good. props gyromania.

Obsessions is my fav off here

Gyromania
July 22nd 2011



15495 Comments


Thanks guys, and yeah pizza, it's definitely the shortest review I've ever written :P Very laid back and whatever.

Parallels
July 22nd 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

im gonna write a marina review. needs more 4.5's

pizzamachine
July 22nd 2011



12571 Comments


I was wondering! I mean you usually do pretty flipping long reviews.

Gyromania
July 22nd 2011



15495 Comments


Yeah I don't typically write reviews this short because I always feel like I have a lot to say. I have a lot more to say for this album than what's stated above, but I'm not so much in the mood tonight and I felt like getting this out.

"im gonna write a marina review. needs more 4.5's"

You should man! You're a great reviewer and I'm curious as to what you have to say about the album.

lobby
July 22nd 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mowgli's Road is stellar

Gyromania
July 22nd 2011



15495 Comments


Agreed, but "Numb" is my personal favorite.

Fugue
July 22nd 2011



7352 Comments


omg you still exist, awesome.

Fugue
July 22nd 2011



7352 Comments


Also, Hermit is blates the best.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2011



17920 Comments


so semicolons don't exist to have fragments after them

Fugue
July 22nd 2011



7352 Comments


xhanging to "most of them are" would fix that, surely?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2011



17204 Comments


i hate this cd.

Gyromania
July 22nd 2011



15495 Comments


"so semicolons don't exist to have fragments after them"

Changed.

lobby
July 23rd 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow thats a pretty good rating for an album you feel hatred toward

AtavanHalen
July 23rd 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nice soundoff lol

Album is god-tier

Glitter daggers

Tyrael
July 23rd 2011



20824 Comments


So glad to have you back Matthew!

Now, The Family Jewels isn’t the genre’s saving grace

Yes it is omg Die Life! is gonna shatter all genre boundaries and lead us into a new dawn
of better pop music. I know it!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another Marina lover.

Hey Matt, don't put down this review too much mate. It's pretty concise & efficient, and could serve to ultimately make you a better writer. Good stuff.




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