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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 825646580101
  • Catalog Number: 531129
  • Sales rank: 3,016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bubblegum Bitch (2:32)
  2. 2 Primadonna (3:40)
  3. 3 Lies (3:46)
  4. 4 Home-Wrecker (3:22)
  5. 5 Starring Role (3:26)
  6. 6 The State Of Dreaming (3:36)
  7. 7 Power & Control (3:47)
  8. 8 Sex Yeah (3:45)
  9. 9 Teen Idle (4:14)
  10. 10 Valley Of The Dolls (4:13)
  11. 11 Hypocrates (4:03)
  12. 12 How To Be a Heartbreaker (3:42)
  13. 13 Radioactive (3:46)
  14. 14 Fear & Loathing (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marina and the Diamonds Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson Electric Guitar, Bazouki
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Greg Kurstin Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Rick Nowels Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar
Liam Howe Synthesizer, Mellotron, Santoor, Phillycorda
Dean Reid Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Dan Chase Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Marina Diamandis Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
David Campbell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Jon Ingoldsby Engineer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Elite drum programming, Drum Producer
Nigel Lundemo Engineer
Stargate Producer
Emily Wright Engineer, Vocal Producer
Liam Howe Programming, Producer
Dr. Luke Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
John Hanes Engineer
Julie Frost Composer
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Diplo Programming, Producer
Miles Walker Engineer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Dean Reid Producer, Engineer
DJ Chuckie Producer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Composer, Programming, Producer
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Charlie Paakkari Engineer
Dan Chase Programming
T.E. Hermansen Composer
Henry Walter Composer
Benjamin Levin Composer
C. Narain Composer
Marina Diamandis Composer
Thomas Pentz Composer
Clint Gibbs Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald Composer
M.S. Eriksen Composer
Mikkel S. Eriksen Engineer
Dan Omelio Composer
Ammar Malik Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Cirkut Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Fabian Lennsen Producer
Steve Angnello Composer
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