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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Welsh pop artist who previously went by the name Marina and the Diamonds features production with Jennifer Decilveo and James Flannigan.
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  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dance-Pop, Left-Field Pop
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 11, 2021
    80
    A 10-track wonder that is a more mature and eclectic take on her gloriously femme and thundering electro-pop.
  2. Jun 18, 2021
    80
    At a brisk ten tracks, Ancient Dreams is a quick dose of what makes Marina great: heartfelt honesty from a fellow misfit consistently pushing the boundaries of pop.
  3. 80
    Her vocal dynamism translates particularly well in rock-leaning settings, where her leaping registers make their way through enthralling kicks and mean guitar riffs.
  4. Jun 11, 2021
    80
    The first half of the album is intoxicating—it is danceable and full of fun energy. The second half of the album is all heartbreak and slow piano-filled ballads carried by Marina’s whimsical and hollowing vocals.
  5. Jun 14, 2021
    80
    Marina re-embraces her inner strength and quite possibly creates her magnum opus with Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land.
  6. Jun 17, 2021
    66
    Everything is delicate, but nothing is muted. This aesthetic certainly isn’t for everybody, but after her ambivalent pop experiments, Marina no longer needs her albums to be. It’s a beacon out for the highly emotional people of the world, of whom she clearly is one; it’s for her.
  7. Jun 14, 2021
    60
    Concise and defined, the 10 tracks here distill Marina’s thoughts on modern day society and all its horrors into a short, sharp shock. ... If there’s anything the album lacks though it’s some of the knowing playfulness of her previous work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 260
  1. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    Esse álbum é maravilhoso, perfeição define essa obra prima! Tô escutando no repeat desde o dia de lançamento. Obrigado Marina por nosEsse álbum é maravilhoso, perfeição define essa obra prima! Tô escutando no repeat desde o dia de lançamento. Obrigado Marina por nos proporcionar mais um trabalho impecável sem NENHUM erro.
    EU TE AMO MULHER
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  2. Jun 11, 2021
    10
    There is no weak song in this album, it's absolutely perfect. The time when L+F was out, it was obvious that she was lost but with this albumThere is no weak song in this album, it's absolutely perfect. The time when L+F was out, it was obvious that she was lost but with this album she seems to find herself in a precious and poetic way. Ancient Dreams In a Modern Land is probably her best album yet. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    Again Marina made music for those who like good lyrics and sound quality. An album far superior to what has been seen in the current musicAgain Marina made music for those who like good lyrics and sound quality. An album far superior to what has been seen in the current music scene... 10/10! Expand
  4. Jun 13, 2021
    10
    Tem uma sonoridade incrível. É exuberante a capacidade de Marina inovar a cada era e ADIAML, sem dúvidas, é a melhor era dela.
  5. Jun 16, 2021
    10
    Uno de los mejores trabajos de Marina, el cual fue hecho en pandemia y hecho por 2 personas
    Gracias Marina por otra obra de arte
  6. Aug 8, 2021
    10
    nothing in this world could change her.
    marina did what she does best: compose. the album is very rich lyrically and I'm blown away.
    nothing in this world could change her.
    marina did what she does best: compose. the album is very rich lyrically and I'm blown away. definitely one of her best works.
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  7. Jun 20, 2021
    0
    well it's not that good, i have to admit. At least i didn't like it that much.... or is that just me? welllll.............

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