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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: 44 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  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. Pienso que es un gran álbum, nunca había hecho esa dinámica de dividir su album en dos partes, así como lo hizo Amy Winehouse 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 19, 2019
    9
    Is an album so strange for Marina, is so happy but is so comercial and that part is disgusting for me buuuut, the lyrics behind guuuuuuuurl IIs an album so strange for Marina, is so happy but is so comercial and that part is disgusting for me buuuut, the lyrics behind guuuuuuuurl I really appreciate that lyrics all of them bring me peace and joy, I start to cry when I listen superstar literally, same with believe in love guuurl I need more songs depressive Expand
  6. May 1, 2019
    8
    After finding a new artistic persona during the longest hiatus of her career, MARINA (sans, the diamonds) returns with a double albumAfter finding a new artistic persona during the longest hiatus of her career, MARINA (sans, the diamonds) returns with a double album exploring the duality and (sort of) symbiotic relationship that LOVE and FEAR share.

    The result is an interesting mix of Contemporary pop songs with subtle electronic influences, yet there is a feeling that some tracks could have been left out of the project of what it could have been nothing short of a brilliant album. It is hard to decide whether in LOVE or in FEAR is where MARINA finds herself to be more musically comfortable.

    Nevertheless, standouts such as "Believe in Love", "Emotional Machine", "Orange Trees", the glorious ballad "Soft to be Strong" or the single "Superstar" reminds us how good of a songwriter is MARINA, standing out among her contemporary pop peers.
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  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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