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  • Summary: The fourth full-length album by Marina Diamand is the first with her shortened name (previously under Marina And The Diamonds) features a collaboration with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 2, 2019
    80
    As the first offering of a new stage in her career, Love + Fear not only reveals its creator as newly hopeful, but it also gives hope that future efforts might be carved in a similar fashion. Marina's Electra heart still beats, it's just pumping smoother and with a confidence born from a renewed and mature perspective.
  2. 70
    On LOVE + FEAR, Marina shoots for stripped-bare big pop, and for the most part, she achieves it, but various clichéd lyrics occasionally stop her sincerity in its tracks.
  3. Apr 29, 2019
    70
    Love is where the album falls short of delivering--containing most of the pre-release singles and the mainstream Clean Bandit collaboration ‘Baby’--there are few moments where it feels like the signature Marina. ... The Fear half of the album is riddled with concern and confusion about life itself and the darker emotions that come with it. Opener ‘Believe In Love’ sits near the top of Marina’s most captivating songs.
  4. 60
    ‘True’ is the only real misstep on the record’s first half: a preachy self-love anthem that feels like it might’ve come together without Marina thinking how the lyrics sound when sang out loud, but it’s quickly passed over when ‘To Be Human’ arrives.
  5. 60
    Love is a pleasant although occasionally overly earnest capsule collection of pop sounds where Diamantis proves herself to be the master of the “brief pause... and gentle drop” technique. ... Her voice skitters across songs with a frostiness reminiscent of Madonna’s Ray of Light era, and sometimes it feels like a lecture being delivered into the mirror: everyone’s just like you, no one’s happy, enjoy your life.
  6. Apr 29, 2019
    54
    That Marina--the lyricist who wasn’t afraid to detail the taste of toothpaste on a lover’s tongue, the vocalist who wasn’t afraid to punctuate a sentence with a feral shriek--has gone missing. The temptation of safe is undeniable, but mononyms are earned by embracing risk.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    40
    There are suggestions of better directions not taken. [Jul 2019, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 93
  2. Negative: 8 out of 93
  1. Apr 29, 2019
    10
    Marina is finally back after a 4 year hiatus! Love + Fear shows her evolution as an artist transitioning from a more laid back production to aMarina is finally back after a 4 year hiatus! Love + Fear shows her evolution as an artist transitioning from a more laid back production to a full modern day production pop record. Songs like “Soft to be strong” “To be human” and “Too Afraid” show the raw emotions that MARINA has always delivered off her previous records. The record is fun playful and fresh. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Marina shows her evolution, this woman is art, her voice is soft and powerful at same time, she is definitely one of the bests artists in theMarina shows her evolution, this woman is art, her voice is soft and powerful at same time, she is definitely one of the bests artists in the music industry, this album LOVE+FEAR is a gift, I’m always crying happy tears when I listen, is perfection from beginning to the end, the instrumental is awesome as well! Expand
  3. May 1, 2019
    10
    Una renovación total de la música de Marina, con letras frescas y sonidos pegajosos. Definitivamente de sus mejores albums.
    Love es grandioso
    Una renovación total de la música de Marina, con letras frescas y sonidos pegajosos. Definitivamente de sus mejores albums.
    Love es grandioso y Fear muestra una parte con la que realmente puedes conectar.
    Simplemente Arte.
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  4. Apr 29, 2019
    10
    MARINA formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds has come back from her 4 year hiatus. At first glance and at first listen this project mayMARINA formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds has come back from her 4 year hiatus. At first glance and at first listen this project may seem as her weakest but that is the on the contrary. After a few listens you can hear the progression and evolution Marina has gone through. The production of this record is very fresh, fun, and exceptional. The use of tropical influence and trap like beats shows how the current wave of 2019 music sound has been adapted by Marina. The lyrics show how marina has evolved as a person as well, she is now in a very happy place with a new love something she has struggled with based on her previous records. Nonetheless Marina has come back to prove herself as a phenomenal pop superstar. Expand
  5. May 4, 2019
    9
    LOVE + FEAR is the most intimate release Marina has done since TFJ. While the lyrics are not as complex, the sentiment and emotions go beyondLOVE + FEAR is the most intimate release Marina has done since TFJ. While the lyrics are not as complex, the sentiment and emotions go beyond the not so subtle self exploration of Marina and her journey trying to understand what make us connect to each other, giving their fans a chance to embrace the simple yet profound quest for the darkest and warmest places inside ourselves, and that's what makes this album so strong: it's made not for success, it's made for people to hear and be less alone. Expand
  6. Apr 29, 2019
    7
    A good body of work although is not Marina's best, but I find myself enjoying it. A cohesive and clear album, different from her complexA good body of work although is not Marina's best, but I find myself enjoying it. A cohesive and clear album, different from her complex previous works. Its refreshing seeing Marina trying to use a contemporary style. I would recomend it. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Volvemos a lo mismo con Marina parece hacer el mismo juego una y otra vez necesita despertar y abrir los ojos y reinventarse Expand

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