Marina and the Diamonds is shining brighter than ever [Review]

Marina and the Diamonds is shining brighter than ever [Review]

Despite the success of her last album Electra Heart, Marina Diamandis, aka Marina and the Diamonds, went home after the album tour and lived in solitude for six months. Two years on, she's back with Froot.

Musically, it's more in line with her first album, full of 70s beats that match her fashion style. "I go home and I lock my door …/And I'm happy to be on my own," she sings in Solitaire, one of Froot's strongest tracks. Its simplicity is reminiscent of Lorde's Royals, with a dark melody and powerful lyrics.

Marina further strips herself to the bones with opener Happy, a delicate ballad that couldn't be more different from Pharrell Williams' song of the same name.

But the album isn't sad; penned entirely herself, it's about her coming out of depression. It's about her ending a relationship and re-empowering herself with music. Blue, a disco number, is a great example; it's uplifting with an infectious feel-good vibe.

While this album has much darker tones than the previous two, a lot of the singer's cynicism is gone. She's reached a stage in life where she's happy to be who she is, doing what she does best.

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Shining brighter than ever

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