Marina and The Diamonds

The Family Jewels

A part Welsh, part greek outfit that channels a much less annoying Regina Spektor, Shakira (think warbling), Fiona Apple and even Kate Bush. This is exceptional pop, a scattering of intellect and sophisticated tunes, cinched in a pretty impressive act. The Crown Jewels, Marina’s debut album is a bit of a schizophrenic in a good way. It has everything; flamboyance, theatrical ballads and disco-drenched anthems. Moreover, it’s presented with outstanding an vocal range that eliminate all suspicion of pegging Marina as a synthetic pop prototype. Standout tracks are “Obsessions, an emotive ballad that tries to make sense of an abusive relationship, “Hollywood which is really witty, and the peculiar “Mowgli’s Road”.

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