The Family Jewels

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  • Summary: The Wales-born Greek singer-songwriter releases her debut full-length album.

Top Track

Oh No!
Don't do love, don't do friends I'm only after success Don't need a relationship I'll never soften my grip Don't want cash, don't want car Want it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The likes of Kate Nash and company have flitted through this piano siren/exuberant dance-diva territory, but never mind, because this gorgeous genre starts now.
  2. An album with a distinct dual personality, Marina’s dazzling ‘The Family Jewels’ pitches the confident, MTV Awards-headlining superstar of our dreams against a more self-deprecating girl-next-door Marina who’s dead set on Supertramping and vamping her way out of her fug.
  3. The Family Jewels is a record that is creatively ubiquitous and aggressive, traits that make this album not unlike Amy Winehouse's Back to Black or maybe even Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville.
  4. Although there is definitely musical colour here, Marina’s vocal delivery and attitude has a tendency to overshadow the music, which is often melodically inventive, but we are rarely given the chance to realise this.
  5. Marina describes the album as “intricately produced” and that’s where the problem lies. Such attention to detail leaves some of the songs feeling pretty sterile and, as a result, it’s a frustrating listen.
  6. Averegeness abounds from budding UK starlet.
  7. Uncut
    40
    All round it makes for a slightly uncomfortable listen. [Apr 2010, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. This is the perfection in form of an album. Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2016
    10
    Amazing album. This is a good example for debuts. Perfect songs, good lyrics and Marina wa so original on this album. I am a big fan of thisAmazing album. This is a good example for debuts. Perfect songs, good lyrics and Marina wa so original on this album. I am a big fan of this album, one of the best albums I've ever heard. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2015
    10
    Amazing album. This is a good example for debuts. Perfect songs, good lyrics and Marina wa so original on this album. I am a big fan of thisAmazing album. This is a good example for debuts. Perfect songs, good lyrics and Marina wa so original on this album. I am a big fan of this album, one of the best albums I've ever heard. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2016
    9
    Marina's debut is near perfection. It contains the right amount of subtle self-loathing mixed in with beats and textured vocals. Overall herMarina's debut is near perfection. It contains the right amount of subtle self-loathing mixed in with beats and textured vocals. Overall her strongest effort to date. Download: Shampain, I Am Not a Robot, Hermit the Frog, Oh No! Expand
  5. May 23, 2011
    9
    Marina 'Mad Hatter' Diamandis displays brilliant talent, wicked humour and a sense of complete and utter honesty. Her music is real, it's herMarina 'Mad Hatter' Diamandis displays brilliant talent, wicked humour and a sense of complete and utter honesty. Her music is real, it's her and it's very much alive. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2015
    7
    Com certeza não é um dos melhores álbuns da Marina, mas para um disco de estreia é ótimo. Temos vários "hits" nesse álbum, porém a mídia nãoCom certeza não é um dos melhores álbuns da Marina, mas para um disco de estreia é ótimo. Temos vários "hits" nesse álbum, porém a mídia não liga muito para artistas "desconhecidos". Oh No! é um exemplo disso. Umas das diferenças da Marina é a sua voz, que foi muito bem aproveitada neste disco. Expand
  7. Jun 6, 2017
    1
    This woman has a VERY creepy and tuneless voice. I can;t seem to wrap my head around this critical acclaim. Very overrated and veryThis woman has a VERY creepy and tuneless voice. I can;t seem to wrap my head around this critical acclaim. Very overrated and very disappointing. Oh No is just about bearable. Expand

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