Soda pop, soda pop here I come, straight to number 1
Marina Lambrini Diamandis (10 October 1985), better known by her stage name; Marina & the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Signed to 679 Recordings, she released her debut album, The Family Jewels in Febuary 2010 and her second, Electra Heart, in April 2012. Electra Heart went to #1 in the UK and Ireland. (2007-present)Her stage name, "Marina & the Diamonds", consists of Diamandis' first name and the translation of her surname which means "Diamonds" in Greek. Although "The Diamonds" is often mistakenly believed to refer to her backing band, it in fact refers to Diamandis' fans: she explains this on her Myspace page by saying "I'm Marina. You are the diamonds."Diamandis' musical style ranges from keyboard-based ballads to more up-tempo New Wave-style songs with full band backing.
You've been hanging with the unloved kids Who you never really liked and you never trusted But you are so magnetic, you pick up all the pins
Dark Reprise: The songs on Electra Heart aren't very lyrically upbeat to begin with, but the acoustic versions could be considered the Dark Reprise of the original ones. "Lies" is the best example of this, as the more upbeat pop version can be considered a kind of 'moving on' song, while the acoustic version sounds like hurt, bitterness and ongoing agony.
"Britney Spears is a big influence. Huge. I think people thought I was joking about that for a long time. But when I was a teenager there was a genuine connection with this sweet girl who also had this very sexual side that people didn't really want to accept. Oh my God! And it was her idea! This is the thing — Britney is really smart. And in the way that she inspired "Electra Heart," if you step back from all the cynical stuff, it actually focuses on the idea of innocence being mixed with darkness. For some reason I really like that combination. I suppose because you don't really connect innocence with darkness."
"It's like a formula that no one can refuse. I remember seeing an interview with Madonna in the '80s and she was talking about how everyone is so attracted to the whole virgin/whore complex. And that is exactly Britney — she mixed those elements so perfectly."
New Sound Album: The Family Jewels was a 80's throwback. For Electra Heart, Marina took it downtempo and more mainstream pop.
Non-Appearing Title: "Mowgli's Road". The song is about being conflicted over which path to take, much like how Mowgli from The Jungle Book had to decide if he would rather stay in the jungle with his animal companions or join his fellow humans.
Recap Episode: The music video for "Electra Heart", the final part of the music video series for the eponymous album. It also symbolises how Electra's life went by before "dying" as Marina ended promotion at the same time for the album with a tweet saying "Goodbye, Electra Heart!".
"Electra Heart is based on the assumption that girls who are massive bitches rarely get hurt in love".
Rock Star Song: "Buy The Stars", "Hollywood", "Are You Satisfied?", "Girls", "Valley of the Dolls", "Teen Idle", "Primadonna", "State of Dreaming", "Bubblegum Bitch" and possibly more, due to Marina being fond of this trope.
Stepford Smiler: "Starring Role", "Lies"... much of Electra Heart, really. And "Oh No!" as well.
Take That: "Sex Yeah" criticizes how women tend to be oversexualized by history and the media, and how it impedes women from embracing their sexuality as they want to.
Three Minutes of Writhing: Genderflipped/parodied with the video for "How to Be a Heartbreaker". It's common to see music videos featuring a clothed male artist and scantily clad female dancers, but this video surrounds a clothed Marina with men in Speedos.
Villain Song: Several songs on Electra Heart, particularly "Bubblegum Bitch", "Homewrecker" and "Radioactive".
Visual Pun: In the music video for "Oh No!", while Marina is singing "I just wanna change" repeatedly, a line of coins briefly pop up.
Woman Scorned: Most of Electra Heart, as she has mentioned in a few interviews that one of the main themes is rejection.
Yandere: Of the possessive kind in "Starring Role".
Your Cheating Heart: "Homewrecker" is a little unusual as being a Villain Song sung from the perspective of a compulsive heartbreaker, explaining (if not excusing) her way of thinking. Or perhaps it's just the song of a desperate wannabeFemme Fatale.