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Electra Heart

Marina And The Diamonds

Electra Heart

Second album from the Welsh singer-songwriter, a pop concept album about a pop star's problems with the music industry

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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sees Marina taking a plunge into the jacuzzi of celebrity pop foam
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  2. 8.0 |   BBC

    Electra Heart manages to balance the ironic and the heartfelt, the quirky and the mainstream, the real and the fake with remarkable aplomb
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  3. 8.0 |

    Pure unadulterated pop goodness
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Pitches its stylistic tent somewhere between the pop nous of Katy Perry, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears
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  5. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    There's clearly an interesting pop star somewhere in there: last time she was submerged by her own zaniness, this time she's somewhere beneath some half-hearted songs, a confused concept and someone else's image
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  6. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    A sharp, modern pop album with perhaps a too-heavy air of contrivance
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  7. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Showcases glimpses of a clever, ballsy pop star
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  8. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Too professional to be truly terrible, but it's never clever enough to be more than merely toytown
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  9. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    While perhaps not as musically satisfying as its predecessor The Family Jewels, Electra Heart proves Marina And The Diamonds to be a savvy and courageous performer, willing to take risks
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  10. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Diamanidis has hauled in a crack team of songwriters and they do muster enough for her swooping operatic voice to attack with relish ... mostly hum-along radio frolics, tinted with occasional sixth-form melancholy
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  11. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Overbearing diva's slightly desperate second effort. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   State

    Starts with a bang and ends with a whimper
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  13. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    There is enough to like about Electra Heart, but at its best it becomes almost frustrating, because it offers a glimpse of what should have been
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  14. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    Whilst there's no getting past some of the duller and more unbearable material on this record, it's a real shame that it's come hamstrung in this unnecessary concept
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  15. 5.5 |   Tone Deaf

    While a certain a amount of praise is to be given for the singer’s voice and personal lyrics, the derivative form of pop that envelops it kills off any chance you might have of appreciating Marina’s talents
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  16. 5.0 |   NME

    The album as a whole is an expensive-sounding failure. Not sure-footed enough in its subversion, its artificiality feels fake rather than carefully plotted
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  17. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Weighed down by too much pseudo intellect and, crucially, not enough amazing pop songs
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  18. 4.0 |   Q

    Sounds high on concept, low on songs. Print edition only

  19. 4.0 |   The Independent

    From opening track, “Bubblegum Bitch”, onwards, Marina and the Diamonds' second album promotes the more mean-spirited and synthetic aspects of childhood aspiration
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  20. 4.0 |   The Observer

    An album concerned with love, identity, femininity and America
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  21. 2.0 |   The Quietus

    Electra's neither a character nor an alter ego nor a monster; she's an idly drawn doodle
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  22. 1.0 |   Clash

    An ingloriously languid statement of Marina’s demise, the final stamp of disapproval on her flailing excuse of a musical career
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