Electra Heart
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Electra Heart

April 27, 2012

  Song Title
Bubblegum Bitch
Starring Role
The State Of Dreaming
Power & Control
Sex Yeah
Teen Idle
Valley Of The Dolls
How To Be A Heartbreaker
Fear and Loathing

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2012
  • Release Date: April 30, 2012
  • Label: Elektra (NEK)
  • Copyright: 2012 679 Recordings Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 54:01
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  • ASIN: B008EEB4TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic Bubblegum Pop May 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As someone who has rather "alternative" taste in female musicians (Björk, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, etc), when I first heard "The Family Jewels" back in 2010 I was totally obsessed. The quirky welsh girl who wrote and composed her own songs on her cheap keyboard that she bought from Argos totally captured my imagination and became one of my favourite artists. Her music was the perfect combination of "indie" and pop - and it was a relief to actually have an album of fun pop music that actually had some credibility. It was some of the most beautiful pop music I had ever heard.

In 2011 she surprised us all by releasing the very commercially influenced "Radioactive", and I became rather worried about this next album. When "Primadonna" came out I was relieved. Yes, it was sugary bubblegum pop, but Marina's voice sounded amazing and her pretty quirkiness was back and actually sounded really cool surrounded by the commercial but well produced beats courtesy of Dr Luke. I resisted the urge to write a review straight away, as many other reviewers have, as I wanted to live with the album for a while and know how I felt about it.

The album starts with "Bubblegum Bitch", which sounds like a song from the opening credits from a 90's American teen chick film ("Clueless" springs to mind for me). "Lies" and "Starring Role" are both very currently commercial in their sound, but Marina's lyrics and genuine sounding vocal delivery rescue them from being total sell-outs.

"The State Of Dreaming" starts out sounding like its title - dreamy, ethereal and beautiful, and suddenly explodes into a very poppy, sweet but catchy chorus. "Power and Control" and "Living Dead" use powerful 80's sounding beats and epic choruses and work very well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Catchy June 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
There are several reviews that already go on at length as to why this album is so awesome---it's quirky, funny, melodic yet edgy, melancholic yet musically upbeat, Marina has a great voice etc etc etc....All these things are true though. For me though, this album is the perfect example of taking mainstreamish beats (enough so that they are instantly catchy) and layering them with rich, textured lyrics and singing. This album is just fun. It's edgy bubblegum pop at its shiniest and brightest.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katy Perry meets social commentary & brains... July 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Now, I've been a fan & admirer of Welsh lass Marina since "The Family Jewels" was new in the UK in 2010...I am a hardcore Anglophile mind you...and saw her twice in NYC in 2011...and was told she was bigger in the US than the UK...surprised me, as an online cult is not out in the open...when I met her (charming as heck), she said she was recording this album in LA and was immersed in Americana pop culture, working again with The Bird & The Bee's Greg Kurstin (he produced "Oh No!! on TFJ), and was inking to get back there...our Marina was overflowing with ideas, and based on the results...the utterly beguiling "Electra Heart"...it was totally worth the wait.

This is an S-M-A-R-T pop record of the highest order. Using common pop language to communicate her unique outsider Welsh/UK-bred ideas and reflections (funny and sad and ironic) on Americana and pop culture in ways that anyone will understand. Certain songs grab you immediately with an utterly Katy Perry-type of warble she's grown into...if "Primadonna" doesn't remind you of KP and have you thinking it could be her next hit, your ears are clogged...BUT this is not a bad thing!! I do like Katy Perry, she does know what she's doing and "Teenage Dream" is a well crafted pop album, absolutely, but that album is missing an unpredictable, creative quirky intelligence that Marina delivers 100% of the time like on "Primadonna", an amazing pop song...Marina is a smart observant creative type that uses catchy-as-heck pop forms as social commentary...not many people can pull this off well like our heroine can.

What's even cooler is that certain tracks grab you by the collar instantly with their catchy bubblegum-type of approach like the 1st 3 tracks...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pales in comparison to Family Jewels May 11, 2013
By Liz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Marina, don't get me wrong, I think as an artist she is exceptional and creative and brilliant.

I ordered Family Jewels on a whim. I loved every song on the album. I felt that Marina expressed herself wonderfully and artfully. I liked this shameless overachiever who admitted to obsessing over purchasing crackers at the market, the woman who artfully critiqued American culture and the subjugation of women.

I bought Electra Heart eagerly and awaited the same, or a similar experience. However, aside from "Teen Idle" I didn't think there were very many gems on this album, and missed Marina's experimental howls and "coo-coos." I understand one cannot expect consistency from an artist, that would be dull, but I feel like this album only has glimmers of brilliance that the first just burst with.

Despite my complaints, I still stand by my claim that Marina is worth listening to. The album is still great, but Family Jewels is just SO MUCH BETTER. Still, I recommend giving this one a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard this bands music on youtube.com So I wanted to purchase a copy...
I love her voice and style of singing and she reminds me of Katy Perry sort of. I heard this bands music on youtube.com, so I wanted to purchase a copy of their record. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew A. Meador
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I only bought it bc of Primadonna, but the other tracks are catchy and fun as well. Might just get into this young lady..
Published 1 month ago by Sebastian
3.0 out of 5 stars How about putting a 2.0 version of this album out with the songs set...
I normally don't go for generally pop music especially from female artists but I decided to try Marina out after I heard a smoky dark but soulful song from this artist on Conan... Read more
Published 2 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
My kids were listening to Marina and the Diamonds on Youtube, and we all thought this was a fun CD, so we bought it. Happy with purchase.
Published 2 months ago by anne s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveee
This is one of my favorite albums! Marina is absalutely fantastic, and has such a perfect voice. i would also reccomend her other full album, the family jewls. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sammy Ro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I have never heard of Marina, but my 14 year old daughter knows every one of her songs. She got it for Christmas and loves it!
Published 3 months ago by Susan Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING.
This is seriously one of the best albums EVER. Its full of relatable and amazing songs. I recommend this album to ANYONE! It's a classic.
Published 3 months ago by Tyler Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon mistake order
I paid for de USA version, Amazon sending me the UK and the song how to be a heartbreaker is not here. The auto rip contains this song, That is the prefer to my daughter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leonardo Arancibia
5.0 out of 5 stars Marina = Lady Gaga - excessive weirdness = Katy Perry + intelligence =...
In a word, incredible. I've tried everything not to like this album and nothing has worked. Just to be sure, I've listened to it during the day and evening, work and play, by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by 3M
5.0 out of 5 stars Marina is a lyrical genius!
Marina Diamandis is a lyrical genius. This album is sarcastic, dry, and witty. It's easy to relate to and makes you reflect on how tragic and shallow pop culture can be. Wonderful! Read more
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