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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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  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: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  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. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    Existencialismo além de love and fear, nunca falhou através de seus conceitos.
  3. May 2, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. El álbum representa un cambio drástico en lo conceptual, dando entender con simples palabras que puede llegar a comprender el(la) oyente, para no complicar la temática con palabras difíciles de comprender, la parte de "LOVE" es suave, un poco realista pero cada pista tiene su propio toque musical en especial "End Of The Earth" en el intro al inicio cuando menciona "love" se completa con la oración, con las palabras "end of the love" dando a entender que es el fin de la parte de "LOVE" e inicia la etapa "FEAR", mientras que "FEAR" tiene cada pista un toque único tanto especial como lírico, cada canción tiene un profundidad en la letra , esta basando en el amor & miedo en especial en la forma emocional, sentimental & psicológico, un álbum que pocos llegaran a entender, pero es PERFECTO, se puede sentir cada canción una emoción que cada una se tiene relacionada. Expand
  4. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    It touched me in several ways, that I can not even describe the deep when it came to my most sensitive feelings, leaving me so sad and happyIt touched me in several ways, that I can not even describe the deep when it came to my most sensitive feelings, leaving me so sad and happy at the same time, Believe in love and No more suckers are the most beautiful tracks 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
    9
    She did what Katy Perry tried to do with Witness: let her pop persona go without falling, but, negatively, also without taking risks, wich IShe did what Katy Perry tried to do with Witness: let her pop persona go without falling, but, negatively, also without taking risks, wich I think she must have done with such a strong album title. It could be refined. Let's wait for Marina's next album without her diamonds. Expand
  7. May 5, 2019
    0
    Marina demuestra una vez más que la mejoría en sus vocales y en las líricas es casi imperceptible pero aquí lo que se juzga es la falta deMarina demuestra una vez más que la mejoría en sus vocales y en las líricas es casi imperceptible pero aquí lo que se juzga es la falta de calidad y producción que se había visto en su único buen álbum "Froot", así que se podría deducir que el álbum es malo no por Marina, si no por la falta de creatividad y la pobreza del potencial que la cantante de "Baby" generó en las expectativas de promoción. Expand

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