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

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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 card 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: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  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. Jul 28, 2017
    10
    without a doubt in my top 5 best pop debut albums of the 2010s. a stunning effort displaying originality, deep thinking and emotionalwithout a doubt in my top 5 best pop debut albums of the 2010s. a stunning effort displaying originality, deep thinking and emotional intelligence. what stands out perhaps the most from this album is that it breathes no matter how many times one listens to it. Electra Heart was good and Froot was pretty fantastic, but neither matched the ingenuity present here
    from dazzling Kate Bush-esque art pop (I Am Not a Robot, Mowgli's Road, Numb) to bouncy and fun (not to mention relatable) new wave/synthpop (The Outsider, Shampain, Oh No!), the orchestration and production is superlative
    top tracks: I Am Not a Robot, Are You Satisfied?, Shampain, Hermit the Frog, Mowgli's Road and the splendid and profound (bonus) title track
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  3. Jun 28, 2016
    10
    Bíblia Sagrada queBíblia Sagrada que hinoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    An insanely fun album and a solid debut! Marina reminds of Lily Allen on this album, since they're both upbeat and have big personalities. MyAn insanely fun album and a solid debut! Marina reminds of Lily Allen on this album, since they're both upbeat and have big personalities. My personal favorites are Mowgli's Road, Guilty, and Oh No!, but there are a lot of highlights spaced nicely throughout this album. 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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