Averegeness abounds from budding UK starlet
Another week, another female pop contender. The latest arrival on the conveyor belt is 24-year-old Greek-Welsh – surely a contender for the narrowest ethnic demographic ever? – singer Marina Diamandis (incidentally, any fans who accidentally stumble upon the site of avant garde goth performer Diamanda Galas are certainly in for a shock).
The Family Jewels largely consists of standard issue electro-pop with the odd punk-y guitar sound and quirky vocal flourish. Lyric-wise, Marina undoubtedly fancies herself, stating that the record is inspired by “the seduction of commercialism, modern social values, family and female sexuality”. She adds that “my only hope is for it to be enjoyed and consumed as a story and theory”. I suppose if you only have the one hope, you may as well make it a big one.
Unfortunately, Marina’s lyrical output generally isn’t much more sophisticated than the Spice Girls’ tiresome “girl power” manifesto. It’s important to be yourself and take no crap, okay? And, er, that’s about it. The phrase “the next Kate Bush” has been floated around in connection to the lovely Marina but the record conspicuously lacks a tune of the calibre of, say, ‘Wuthering Heights’.
There is the occasional catchy chorus but, overall, the melodies aren’t strong as Lady GaGa and it’s doubtful if Diamandis has the cult appeal of a Florence or a Bat For Lashes. She undoubtedly jostled herself into an early leading position in the 2010 Pop Grand National, but Marina has stumbled at the first.
In the new issue of Hot Press, Marina Diamandis opens up to our own Colm O’Regan on happiness, death, and her take on the expectations for modern womenRead More
Ms. Diamandis, who is interviewed in the new Hot Press is among the additions to the Budapest festival's line-up.Read More
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Marina & The Diamonds The Olympia Theatre, DublinRead More
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She was the indie pin-up of the moment. But when Marina & The Diamonds' debut album failed to become a mega hit her confidnece was badly knocked. It didn't help that, at that very moment, a game-playing lover was breaking her heart. In an exclusive interview Marina talks about rebuilding her self-belief by borrowing from Britney Spears, her decision to go blonde, and then brunette again, and why she doesn't care about the backlash against her chart-friendly new sound.Read More
The singer will be answering questions online next week...Read More
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New entries from Tenacious D and Beach House in the Top 10.Read More
Straight in at #1...Read More
'Primadonna' is taken from Electra Heart.Read More
'Homewrecker’ is taken from forthcoming album Electra Heart.Read More
It's out just after the singer's upcoming Trinity Ball performance.Read More
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Maybe it was the time of year, the inspiring music or the hours spent in a tiny church in the tranquil setting of Dingle, but the Other Voices festival seemed to bring out the philosopher in all its performers. Roe McDermott caught up with Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and ASIWYFA as they talked about the highs and lows of 2010.Read More
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Ms Diamandis' growing popularity is evident in the mass singalongs that continue unabated throughout the eveningRead More
I can't say I'm overly happy to watch Maria Diamandis morph slowly into Katy Perry but the hugely poppy 'Oh No!' is, at the very least, an irresistible step in the wrong direction - not least because the accompanying music video ironically echoes Marina's idea that "Real life has no appeal". Best of all, the Welsh lass has resisted the vocoder monster for another four minutes. Maz, you’ve got another candy-coloured hit on your hands.Read More
Just when you think it couldn't get any weirder than N-Dubz covering The Script on the Beeb's Live Lounge, Marina Diamandis is making over crunkcore kids 3Oh!3 with a lick of string quartet. The original 'Starstrukk' (should the spelling be insufficient warning) was a sleazy tale of power perving delivered at breakneck speed by the 3Oh!3 fellas and annoying cohort Katy Perry. While Ms. Diamandis' baritone can be just as grating, the feisty 24-year-old has got it really right on this one, transforming the tune into a gut-wrenching ballad with a flash of Kate Bush genius sorely missing from debut album The Family Jewels. Who'd have thunk the words "Tight jeans, Double D's, makes the man go whoo! whoo!" could be so heartbreaking?Read More
Only Irish date on October UK & Ireland tour.Read More
She is the brightest pop star of the moment. But Marina Diamandis – who records as Marina and the Diamonds – doesn’t want to be a blink-and-she’s-gone starlet. As her debut album is released she tells Paul Nolan why she’s in it for the long haul, why celebrity culture has spun out of control and why she’s putting romance on hold to build her career.Read More
In the issue of Hot Press that hits shops today (Thursday February 25), pop sensation Marina Diamandis admits it's hard talking about herself, adding "it’s not all fun and games, but as long as it’s in moderation I don’t mind doing it.”Read More
You'll be able to get a live earful of their The Family Jewels album in Belfast & Dublin.Read More
Yep, another Picnic '09 act are coming back to these shores for more.Read More