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Music: Marina And The Diamonds

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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.

Discography

  • Mermaid VS Sailor (2007)
  • The Family Jewels (2010)
  • Electra Heart (2012)

Tropes

  • Album Title Drop: In "Bubblegum Bitch":
    "Welcome to the life of Electra Heart!"
  • Alter Ego Acting: One of the major themes of "Electra Heart" are the Archetypes: Su-Barbie-A, Homewrecker, Primadonna, and Teen Idle. Marina assumes these personas throughout the album as she explore the negative aspects of each.
    • The last track, "Fear and Loathing", discusses the trope the most, with lines like, "Got different people inside my head I wonder which one that they like best."
  • Ambition Is Evil: Word of God says that "Electra" is her meditation on the negative effects of fame and fortune.
  • Anti-Love Song: Electra Heart is based on the assumption that girls who are massive bitches rarely get hurt in love.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Teen Idle" has this line, "I want blood, guts, and chocolate cake."
    • The "chocolate cake" bit is changed to "angel cake" later in the song, but the trope still stands.
  • Author Appeal: Feminism, romance and sex - in an ironic way.
  • Break Up Song: "Lies" and "Homewrecker".
  • Broken Ace: A recurring theme in in her second album.
  • Be Yourself: "Hypocrates".
  • The Casanova: Female version in both "Homewrecker" and "How To Be A Heartbreaker".
  • Character Magnetic Team / Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: "I Am Not A Robot"
    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.
  • Driven to Suicide: "Living Dead" and "Teen Idle".
  • Eagleland: "Hollywood" is a satire of the American Dream. As Marina puts it, "I'm obsessed with the mess that is America!" The music video has a lot typical American imagery.
    • The crux of the "Electra Heart" persona.
  • Eagleland Osmosis:
    Hollywood infected your brain
    You wanted kissing in the rain
  • Fangirl: Britney Spears was Marina's muse for Electra Heart.
    "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."
  • Friends with Benefits: "Lies".
  • Hope Spot: "Fear and Loathing" in Electra Heart.
  • I Am the Band: There's no band. Marina is a solo artist. The "Diamonds" are referring to her fans.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: "Oh No!"
    "I feel like I'm the worst, so I always act like I'm the best."
  • Insult Backfire: "Homewrecker".
  • The Lad-ette: The personality Marina assumes in "Girls", which is mostly a Take That against shallow femininity.
  • Lonely at the Top: A moral to take away from Electra Heart.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Oh No!" sounds like a happy New Wave song, but is lyrically about Marina becoming the very person she loathes to be—a Stepford Smiler pop star.
    • Any of the more uptempo songs on Electra Heart ("Bubblegum Bitch", "Primadonna", "How to Be a Heartbreaker", "Radioactive") are lighter in music while hosting dark, ironic lyrics.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: Discussed in "Teen Idle"
    "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."
  • The Muse: Britney Spears inspired the Electra Heart project.
  • 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.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Shampain", of the sarcastic variety, as indicated by the punny title.
  • Parental Issues: "Bad Kidz".
  • Pun-Based Title: "Shampain" and "Hermit the Frog".
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: "Girls" has a lot of this.
  • Rich Bitch: Embraced in 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.
  • Shout-Out: "Dear Diary" and "Soda Pop" by Britney Spears get a shout out in "Bubblegum Bitch".
  • Spoiled Sweet: Considering Electra Heart is basically ABOUT Britney Spears and she's a sweetheart. It applies.
  • Spoken Word In Music: The verses in "Homewrecker".
  • 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.
  • 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 wannabe Femme Fatale.

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