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The Family Jewels [+Digital Booklet]

May 25, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: The Family Jewels

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 15, 2010
  • Release Date: February 15, 2010
  • Label: Chop Shop/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2010 679 Recordings Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 44:10
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  • ASIN: B003LWN8F8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,962 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Honestly though the entire album is good.
King Henry
I hope she releases a live concert on DVD...I would love to watch her perform live.
Ana K.
Marina has an amazing, strong and unique voice.
Melissa

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Madeline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
I haven't enjoyed a cd this much since Florence and the Machine's "Lungs" from last year. Marina Diamandis is like a mixture of Regina Spektor, Kate Nash, and Santigold with dare I say it, a little Katy Perry attitude thrown in. But make no mistake, Marina has her own distinct voice and unique interpretation on a genre that is starting to gain in popularity. Marina has till this point received virtually zero recognition in the States, and I sincerely hope with this lp people everywhere will gain an appreciation for this wildly talented artist.

If I had to describe this album in one word-it would simply be fun. From the catchy, intelligent lyrics to the sic beats with an underlying dance vibe, this is an album that will make you smile and probably tap your feet to as well. I really appreciate the inclusion of several different instruments into the music as well, making the music just as intricate and entertaining as her lyrics. The actual music is pretty diverse as well with bubblegum pop, punk, disco glam, and cabaret all making appearances, though all of it falling firmly in the adult pop category. Despite the range of different musical styles, the cd is extremely cohesive in large part to the upbeat tone that pervades every track even the intense emotional tracks like "The Outsider" and "I Am Not a Robot."

Marina has a very interesting voice quality that I suspect could get on some people's nerves especially when she purposefully sings odd lower notes sometimes. However, I love it. I think it's just the right amount of different but still accessible and not too weird. In general though, while not broadway material, it's pleasant and powerful with a tremendous amount of delicious attitude.

Marina has something new and fresh to offer, and if you like good music I would highly recommend this album!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerard M. Nichols on May 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Hollywood is one of the catchiest and best songs of 2010. On the strength of that song alone I imported the album from the UK and it is awesome. The only thing that puzzles me has been the singles choices so far. I Am Not A Robot, Mowgli's Road and Oh No are fine songs but for me there are some tracks that I'd have thought would have made much better single choices - Are You Satisfied, The Outsider and, especially, Hermit the Frog. I take four teenage girls carpool to school every day (pity me) and they usually despise my music choices. Marina is the one artist we (nearly) all enjoy. Hermit the Frog could be a massive hit record if they are a representative sample of teen musical tastes today!

There's no one else quite like Marina. Very catchy and upbeat songs indeed and a unique voice. Somehow on Shampain she sounds just like the ABBA girls in the chorus.

Hope to see her in the US in concert before she gets too popular.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. M. ONeill on September 29, 2010
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I'm not given to gushing, but this album is great. Marina arrives by way of Kate Bush's strangest (and IMHO best) album, The Dreaming. I believe Marina when she says she was unaware of most people she has been compared to, including Kate. She's not copying the sound, after all, but it's the same wellspring of weirdness. She chirps, and on "Mowgli's Road" (my favorite of the lot) she actually cukoos. She wails, and belts out some tunes ("Hollywood"). She makes perfect sense out of seeming contradiction when she pleadingly asked for understanding that "I Am Not a Robot" but on "Oh No!" confesses that she knows exactly why she walks and talks like a machine. I also love "Shampain," even with it's painful misspelling. The music tends towards banged-out chords and big drums, but all quite tuneful and melodic. If the vocals were AutoTuned, it doesn't sound like it. There's real warmth here. All in all, there's a lot to love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leamazon on April 28, 2010
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I have listened to Marina since her debuts. I appreciate her vulnerability and her ability to dramatically express the various tragedies and comedies of life through her music. Marina is fastly rising to the top. She is brilliant and creative to the core. Multiple talents and class ooze out of each song. I have delighted in the poetry, and the common threads developing through the sequence of presentation. Even though I am 30 years her senior, I find that I have been swept into the emotion that each song evicts. I won't even venture to guess who she sounds like, as I am not familiar with much of today's pop music. My entire family enjoys her music, because she is creative and genuine to the core. May she rise to the top and stay there for a very long time! She is most delightful and insightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By King Henry on April 5, 2010
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I have been listening to her for well over a year already, got hooked on obsessions. Been patiently waiting for her first album and although it's been released in the UK it has yet to be released here in America. Let me just tell you now she is beyond brilliant. I have had her entire album on repeat from her Myspace since it was released. I cannot wait to actually have a physical copy of it. Some of my favorite songs are Hollywood, Obsessions, I Am Not a Robot, Mowgli's Road, Guilty, Shampain, Are You Satisified, and Oh No. Honestly though the entire album is good. You won't regret purchasing it oh and incase you were wondering she sounds just as amazing or possibly more live. Saw her at SXSW this past March and I can honestly say it was the best and most genuine concert ever! Only bad thing is that her song Seventeen is not on this album.
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