Thursday, 22 September 2011

Song of the Day - Scab and Plaster

Marina and the Diamonds - Scab and Plaster

I asked her why would you want to be a Hollywood wife? Because I don't want to end up living in a dive on Vine. Do anything for a dime...

Life imitating art or art imitating life? Marina Diamandis has explained that the concept behind new album, Electra Heart, is her becoming the embodiment of all the darker sides of the American dream. Smart way to sell out, or applaudable artistry at it's finest? While I'm inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt for now, the release of the album will truly determine if she's sacrificing the beautiful quirks of her debut for a more commercially viable sound. What made The Family Jewels work was it's ability to make vastly different songs like 'Mowgli's Road,' Shampain,' 'Hollywood' and 'I Am Not A Robot' fit seamlessly together. Diamandis' second set looks like it will switch it to high gear after the down tempo 'Fear and Loathing' for the awesome 'Radioactive' and never look back. 'Scab and Plaster' feels the same as 'Radioactive' with a measure of previously leaked track 'Living Dead' thrown in. If what we get is a collection of dance tracks, all moving at the same pace and all feeling a little same-y I'll be a tad disappointed. Consider me optimistic for the release of the album, albeit cautiously so.

Rating: 3.5/5

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