The Family Jewels

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  • Summary: The Wales-born Greek singer-songwriter releases her debut full-length album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
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  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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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. 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
  2. Sep 15, 2015
    10
    I can't believe how an album can amaze me like this. All tracks are perfect in their style, the lyrics are so strange, amazing and funny! TheI can't believe how an album can amaze me like this. All tracks are perfect in their style, the lyrics are so strange, amazing and funny! The songs are really catchy and funny, they are great. And Mowgli's Road really makes me happy, idk why but there's something in the song that's very happy. Best songs are I Am Not A Robot, Mowgli's Road and Obsessions. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Oct 2, 2011
    9
    A real pop singer get the charge that Madonna left for someone to catch on. Kylie Minogue got it in "Aphrodite", and now Marina DiamandisA real pop singer get the charge that Madonna left for someone to catch on. Kylie Minogue got it in "Aphrodite", and now Marina Diamandis deliver this in "The Family Jewels". With powerful vocals, noisy drums, and sticky lyrics, she got the essence for making an intelligent album, popular, but not too popular. "Shampain", "Mowgli's Road", "Hermit The Frog" e "Oh No!" give us one the best pop songs of 2010. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2016
    8
    The Family Jewels marca o começo da carreira da Marina, com músicas boas e letras bem escritas. Não é o melhor álbum do mundo, mas é bom.The Family Jewels marca o começo da carreira da Marina, com músicas boas e letras bem escritas. Não é o melhor álbum do mundo, mas é bom.

    Pontos Altos: Oh No!, Hollywood, I Am Not a Robot
    Pontos Baixos: Hermit The Frog, Guilty, Obsessions
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  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 2, 2015
    4
    parece um moi de demo
    o que salva são as letras
    parece um moi de demo
    o que salva são as letras ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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