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  • Summary: The second album for Marina and the Diamonds includes production from Greg Kurstin, Rick Nowels, Dr Luke, and Liam Howe.

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Primadonna
Primadonna girl, yeah All I ever wanted was the world I can't help that I need it all The primadonna life, the rise and fall You say that I'm kinda... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 83
    Marina Diamandis rivals Katy Perry for catchy hooks, commands with the swagger of Gwen Stefani, and even comes close to the ethereal vocal exhilaration of Florence Welch.
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    Electra Heart manages to balance the ironic and the heartfelt, the quirky and the mainstream, the real and the fake with remarkable aplomb.
  3. Electra Heart is too professional to be truly terrible, but it's never clever enough to be more than merely toytown.
  4. 50
    Not sure-footed enough in its subversion, its artificiality feels fake rather than carefully plotted.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 21, 2012
    40
    Electra Heart sounds high on concept, low on songs. [Jun 2012, p.108]
  6. Apr 30, 2012
    40
    These prom queen themes have had a more intriguing musical treatment from Lana del Rey.
  7. May 1, 2012
    10
    'Electra heart' is an ingloriously languid statement of Marina's demise, the final stamp of disapproval on her flailing excuse of a musical career.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 102
  2. Negative: 4 out of 102
  1. Jul 13, 2012
    10
    This album is everything a perfect album should be!!! Best Pop Album of 2012 !!! The highlight songs of this album are Primadonna,StarringThis album is everything a perfect album should be!!! Best Pop Album of 2012 !!! The highlight songs of this album are Primadonna,Starring Role, Homewrecker,Living Dead and Teen Idle. Therr isn't a single filler song in the album. Beautiful imagery and concept, couldn't ask for any better. Expand
  2. Jun 13, 2021
    10
    one of the most underrated albums I know. This happens because the album has a dark side, a non-strawberry pop, the songs it talks about wereone of the most underrated albums I know. This happens because the album has a dark side, a non-strawberry pop, the songs it talks about were strange in its year of release and beautiful futuristic rhythms. Electra Heart is an excellent album, that Lolita Vintage aesthetic is so beautiful. (an album ahead of its time) Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2015
    10
    Clearly there is something wrong with critics if they give it a 57 rating, when the audience/fans give it a 8.5/10 equivalent to 85/100.Clearly there is something wrong with critics if they give it a 57 rating, when the audience/fans give it a 8.5/10 equivalent to 85/100. Clearly they did not understand the concept and the songs. Every song is meaningful and has a deep meaning. It is so sad how this album got so much hate and bad reviews, when it is lyrically amazing and great songs. I am so disappointed because Marina works so hard and has so much pure talent. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2016
    9
    Electra Heart is a great album! É um hinárioooo, não merece a nota que tem, deveria ser maior! It has a marvelous concept, and a lot ofElectra Heart is a great album! É um hinárioooo, não merece a nota que tem, deveria ser maior! It has a marvelous concept, and a lot of information at the same time, that makes it hard to understand at the start, but the more you listen to it, the more you will understand it. I love this album so much, I can't explain. The concept, the archetypes were very planned and everything was made so well. Electra Heart, the character, was iconic. And video series, named The Archetypes was great too. They showed the story behind Electra very well. I can't choose a favourite track, they all are perfect Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2015
    9
    Whereas The Family Jewels showcased Marina's quirky and spunky side, Electra Heart shows off her sexy femme fatale side. The music is moreWhereas The Family Jewels showcased Marina's quirky and spunky side, Electra Heart shows off her sexy femme fatale side. The music is more mainstream pop this time around and slightly more generic, but it's actually executed surprisingly well and the production is incredibly cohesive, which makes for a great listen start to finish. I also commend Marina for having some of the catchiest hooks and beautiful melodies of all the female pop stars I know, even moreso than Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, to name a few. She is clearly a very smart and talented songwriter, and her unique voice makes her even more of a standout, in my opinion.

    Oh, and by the way, **** the critics. Seriously, I don't understand what's so mediocre about this to warrant a 57. If you're looking for artistic merit, then yeah, you might be disappointed, but if you take this for the fun pop music it is, it's actually quite fantastic. Whatever, they committed the same INJUSTICE against Teenage Dream so I guess I'll just have to get used to it...
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  6. Jul 26, 2012
    8
    I really enjoyed this album. The production feels very modern yet classic. And Marina's operatic vocals are superb. The album is a retroI really enjoyed this album. The production feels very modern yet classic. And Marina's operatic vocals are superb. The album is a retro dance-pop opus. Electra Heart contains amazingly catchy. The hooks are very radio-friendly and instantly catch the ear. There are some very quirky beats in this album as well. Electra is not all electronic, though. There are clear trip hop influences especially in songs Teen Idle and Starring Role. There is a new wave, indie pop feel in the song Hypocrates. And the album's cathcy and lyrically smart album opener, Bubblegum **** feels very glam rock. The album may come off a sophomore effort to push Diamandis into the mainstream world, but the lyrics are actually very smart. It's not some dumb, sexual, brainless album. It is very..well, ballsy. Electra is very well executed. Some tracks come off as woozy, though. Especially in the tracks: Valley of the Dolls and Hypocrates. Also, Electra Heart is packed with cheerleader, school-yard chants and stompers. Most notably in the songs, Bubblegum **** Homewrecker, and How To Be A Heartbreaker. Overall, the album comes off as a smart, easily mainstream, and powerful album packed with some amazing lyrical punch. HIGHLIGHTS: Teen Idle, The State of Dreaming, Bubblegum **** Primadonna, How To Be A Heartbreaker SONGS THAT ARE TO BE SKIPPED: Valley of the Dolls, Sex Yeah Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2015
    0
    Marina can expose any excuse but there isn't a good reason for made this album like she made it. Her voice and the really annoying electronicMarina can expose any excuse but there isn't a good reason for made this album like she made it. Her voice and the really annoying electronic pop music make a incredibly nasty combination, there are some good lyrics which are ruined with the rest of the song/album. Marina is one of my favorite singers but this is a dissapointment. Fortunately, with "Froot" she changed this horrendous style. Primadonna girl, yeah, all I ever wanted is ruin my image... Expand

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