Electra Heart

Electra Heart

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by Marina and the Diamonds
     
 

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The second studio album from Marina Lambrini Diamandis finds the mercurial Welsh singer/songwriter assuming the role of diva in waiting, trading in the ballsy, quirky retro-pop of her 2010 debut, Family Jewels, for the glitzy (and still relatively ballsy) electro-thump pomp of Ke$ha and See more details below

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The second studio album from Marina Lambrini Diamandis finds the mercurial Welsh singer/songwriter assuming the role of diva in waiting, trading in the ballsy, quirky retro-pop of her 2010 debut, Family Jewels, for the glitzy (and still relatively ballsy) electro-thump pomp of Ke$ha and Lady Gaga. Produced by Dr. Luke (Katy Perry), Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen), and Rick Nowels (Madonna), Electra Heart is a brooding, sexy, desperate, overwrought, and infectious record that's both aware and unashamed of its contrivance. In short, Diamandis is trying to expose the artifice of big-box pop music by using its own voice, and despite the obvious trappings of the concept, she does a fairly respectable job. Her resonant operatic voice is expressive enough to make a lyric like "Candy bear, sweetie pie, I wanna be adored/I'm the girl you'd die for," from the capricious opener "Bubblegum Bitch," feel less like a floozy come-on and more like a malicious schoolyard taunt. When she sticks to that persona, as she does on standout cuts like the Lykke Li meets "Viva la Vida"-era Coldplay-influenced single "Primadonna" and the saucy, Lana Del Ray-inspired "Teen Idle," Electra Heart beats with the feral blood of an army of disenfranchised high-school loners coming into their own, but deeper, more depressive cuts like "The State of Dreaming," "Living Dead," and the grim, dancefloor-ready downer "Homewrecker," despite their catchy melodies, clever wordplay, and meticulous, radio-savvy production, reveal the lonely rebel, defiantly eating lunch alone, secretly wishing for acceptance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
5053105215522
catalogNumber:
0521552
Rank:
64483

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marina and the Diamonds   Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar,Bazouki
David Campbell   Conductor
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Rick Nowels   Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Liam Howe   Synthesizer,Mellotron,Santoor
Dean Reid   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards
Dan Chase   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Marina Diamandis   Piano,Vocals
Lambrini Kaklamani   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Jon Ingoldsby   Engineer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Elite   drum programming,Drum Producer
Nigel Lundemo   Engineer
Derek MacKillop   Management
Liam Howe   Programming,Producer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
John Hanes   Engineer
Julie Frost   Composer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Diplo   Programming,Producer
Steve Angello   Composer
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Dean Reid   Producer,Engineer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Composer,Programming,Producer
Charlie Paakkari   Engineer
Dan Chase   Programming
Henry Walter   Composer
Marina Diamandis   Composer
Thomas Pentz   Composer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Lambrini Kaklamani   Programming
Kat Garbutt   Management

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