The Family Jewels by Marina and the Diamonds

November 24, 2010
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Marina and the Diamonds. Her first single, I Am Not a Robot was a free song on iTunes. I listened to it, and heard and felt the emotion behind her lyrics. The lyrics are like poetry just set to a melody, with traces of her own harmony. She writes all of her own music, and I admire her ambition. Her passion is directly exhibited through songs like "Hermit the Frog" and "Mowgli's Road", and my personal favorite, "Obsessions". Although many of her songs seem to be nonsense words strung together, there is a powerful depth behind each lyric. As I write this, I am listening to "Girls". I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't ever heard her music.
For example, the lyrics from "Obsessions". There is not just a nonsensical verse about the supermarket. It is a simile, and there is passion behind it. Her unique voice, with a Welsh accent, makes every song individual. I highly admire Marina, and hope to hear more great things from her.

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Kestrel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm
i admit, i LOVE Marina. i got the chance to go to one of her concerts this summer, in D.C., and i have to say there's nothing quite like standing within a crowd, with her ten ft away, and everyone knows all the words, and everyone is singing I Am Not A Robot with you and her. it was a great experience, and she is the first music artist i have ever heard that i found myself buying every song i heard by her! Obsession is also my favorite, but How To Be A Heartbreaker and Primadonna are also gr... (more »)
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