ALBUM WEEK| Marina and the Diamonds – FROOT
After hearing singles Froot and I’m a Ruin I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from Marina and the Diamonds’ latest album, namely a cosmic mix of otherworldly ballads and synthesisers. FROOT is the third album from the Welsh singer and, having been released mid March and seemingly doing well with critics, it seemed overdue that we featured it here on KUBE.
Opening with Happy, a dreamy song that build up from a gentle piano accompaniment to a much more multidimensional composition towards the end, the tone is well set for the rest of the album. Having been described as a “pop enigma”, Diamandis brings space like tones and atmosphere to her newest album that compliment her voice well. Tracks such as Happy, I’m a Ruin and Solitaire place emphasis on Diamadis herself in a ballad-like delivery yet are spaced out between bouncier numbers you can dance to like Froot and Blue. The album takes on a fairly eighties approach, heavy on synth and catchy pop choruses, and comparisons to Madonna wouldn’t be out of place.
Though there is variation, you can find yourself drifting off a bit towards the end with some songs being very similar to one another. Having said that, the album as a whole is a pleasure to listen to, with no obvious weak songs, and you’re left feeling obliged to listening to it again. I’d say that that’s as successful a trait as any record can aim for no?