Marina and The Diamonds – Froot (Album Review)

Welsh singer Marina Diamandis, better known as Marina and The Diamonds, has released her third full-length album. This one is much more personal and less electronic and top 40 like. Froot is an album filled with songs that clearly come straight from events in the singers life. These are some of the biggest moments that occur on this fun yet heartbreaking and honest release.

The big single from this album is the song I’m A Ruin which really is the albums centerpiece. A lot of the emotions she expresses on this song are what the rest of the album is about as well. It’s a song that shows Marina confessing that she did this person wrong and now she’s dealing with the repercussions. She sings, “I played with your heart, and I could treat you better, but I’m not that smart.”

The title track Froot is one of the album highlights. The lyrics are pretty dark but the song itself is upbeat and happy. This is definitely a fun song to dance along to. It doesn’t get weighed down by the heavier lyrics, instead Marina is just dancing off her pain. The lyrics also have some awesome imagery that you can’t help but sing along with. “I’m your carnal flower, I’m your bloody rose, pick my petals off and make my heart explode.”

Blue isn’t a song that really sounds sad. However, Marina makes it clear from the opening lyrics that she isn’t happy with ending things with her past lover. “We’ve broken up and now I regret it, I said goodbye when I shouldn’t have said it.” This is one of my personal favorites on the album because of how sincere it is. Her vocals are also extremely clear and steady. It’s hard to not enjoy this song as a whole. The production, lyrics, and vocals are all unbelievable.

Can’t Pin Me Down brings out Marina’s sassy side. “I am never gonna give you anything you expect, you think I’m like the others. Boy, you need to get your eyes checked.” The song isn’t ridiculously pop sounding, it sounds a lot different from some of the other songs on Froot. However, that’s certainly a good thing. The notable thing about Marina is that her songs are so different, they don’t blend together in any type of way, they all stand alone.

A song that isn’t about heartbreak is Savages. This song is more about the state of humans and our flaws. The best part of this song is just the general creativity and uniqueness of the lyrics. They definitely make the track stand out in the best way possible. She proclaims, “Underneath it all, we’re just savages. Hidden behind shirts, ties, and marriages.” It’s straight to the point and it’s also her unique point of view that I’ve never really thought about like that!

The main thing I love about Marina is what an artist she is. She managed to write and produce all of these songs with help from a few other parties. But the lyrics are all her own which is something that’s become more and more rare these days. The artist also decided that she didn’t want to make music that was strictly bubblegum pop. She decided to give up that route in return for her artistic freedom and the opportunity to release her own words and make her own tracks. Yes, her third album isn’t filled with tracks that are going to blowup on iTunes, but she made tracks that are sure to satisfy her loyal fans and that’s good enough for her.

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