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Highlighted by the UK Top 20 hit single, 'Hollywood,' 'THE FAMILY JEWELS' is proving an early contender for 2010's most distinctive debut. Songs like the dramatic 'Oh No!' (produced by Greg Kurstin of The Bird And The Bee), 'Obsessions' and the boldly ambitious 'Mowgli's Road' see Marina gleefully melding the theatrically lavish vocal and orchestral flourishes of Kate Bush with the wonderful pop eccentricity of everyone from Sparks to the Scissor Sisters. 'Astonishing,' declared NME of 'THE FAMILY JEWELS' in its nine-out-of-10 rave. 'Raining down on the ears like an explosion of sonic confetti, ('Hollywood') boasts a chorus so killer it should probably be investigated by the police.' The Times' Pete Paphides awarded the album four-out-of-five stars, praising it for 'parachuting you into the world of a singer who wants your attention but hates compartmentalization.' The Telegraph decreed 'THE FAMILY JEWELS' an 'arch, clever debut,' hailing Marina for having 'a larger-than-life quality, coming on like a drama queen using her personal neuroses as a prism through which to view the world.'
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  • Vinyl (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B003J27W8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Simply put, "The Family Jewels" is one of the best albums of the century, and an impeccable debut album.

The quality of this album is so refreshing and original. Marina Diamandis (known as Marina and the Diamonds) successfully breaks barriers on this record. Opening with one of the best tracks on the record, "Are You Satisfied?" quickly delves into an autobiographical song asking the listener if he/she is satisfied with an average life. The lyrics also state how "she has no friends" and "feels she wants to die" along with "People like to tell you what you're gonna be, it's not my problem if you don't see what I see." This thrilling opening track poises significant questions on life and success, all in three minutes while encapsulating a wonderful indie pop/alternative beat full of 8-bit sounds, violins, guitars, and of course, her powerful and quirky vocals.

The album then proceeds into a different route, a heavy disco-dance "Shampain" (a title with a pun). "Lay dagger dead," another thrilling introductory line for the second track of the album. It is a very catchy song.

The third, and also one of the best songs on the album, "I Am Not A Robot" is another autobiographical song. What makes this song so special is that the listener can relate to the message strongly. For that, I'll leave you to listen to the song. Marina's quivers in this song give off a sense of vulnerability, sensibility, and overall honesty. From the glockenspiel to the piano to the very heartfelt and emotional viola outro, this is one of the most memorable tracks of the album.
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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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