Marina, and her Diamonds, has always been quite good at delivering pop hooks with soulful electronic influences and vulnerable lyrics. And happily she continues this trend with her third album ‘Froot’.
We were caught a bit by surprise by the album’s sudden release, due to an early leak online, but thankfully it was a pleasant surprise!
We quite like the combination of “Happy’ and ‘Immortal’ as the album’s opening and closing tracks; they set the tempo just right, combining contemplative lyrics with soaring pop melodies.
Current single ‘I’m A Ruin’ is similarly haunting. It’s the kind of song that is a bit too indie to gather radio play, but has a chorus that would give most listeners goose bumps.
The title track is quite a fun number with a twist, sounding a bit like a summer cocktail if such a sound were possible.
Thematically the album is quite a sombre affair, but even the sad songs tend to have a spring in their step. For instance, ‘Forget’ sees Marina sing about “wounds that don’t heal” with a punchy guitar riff that gives it an unlikely sing-along vibe.
Meanwhile, ‘Can’t Pin Me Down’ is a feminist anthem-in-waiting for the post-feminist generation, whilst ‘Better Than That’ hits you straight in the face from its first line of “You’re just another in the long line of men she’s screwed”.
Whilst we could have lived without the likes of ‘Gold’ and ‘Solitaire’, the rest is a fairly consistent affair.
Out of everything on here, the song we keep going back to is ‘Blue’, which could come straight from Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Kiss’ album. It’s another song that should be sad, but it has such a deceivingly joyful energy that you just want to dance to it instead.
It’s a perfect reflection of the album in general, as is the aforementioned title track.
‘Froot’ demands you to listen a little bit deeper to see its unexpected emotional depth. Even if a song appears to be your typical upbeat number, heartbreaking lyrics are almost always just four beats away.
Download : Froot, I’m A Ruin, Blue.