Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

MARINA - Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #208 / 411
User Score
Based on 804 ratings
2021 Ratings: #93
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Gigwise

There are few stars like MARINA who find the balance between being unfiltered in their politics while also creating top-tier, intricate pop music.

100
Albumism

For eleven years, Diamandis has allowed her muse to guide her wherever it may lead. Having closed any sort of divide between the two sides of her creative mind with Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land, she is currently acting with a new level of control and confidence over her songcraft. 

80
The Arts Desk

She has clearly rediscovered her muse, resulting in this outrageously enjoyable album.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The result reads more like a follow-up to the personal Froot (2015) than it does the collaborative Love + Fear, and finds MARINA emboldening her trademark theatrical glam with sharper edges.

80
Clash

A 10-track wonder that is a more mature and eclectic take on her gloriously femme and thundering electro-pop.

80
Under The Radar

The first half of the album is intoxicating—it is danceable and full of fun energy. The second half of the album is all heartbreak and slow piano-filled ballads carried by Marina’s whimsical and hollowing vocals.

80
NME
She was always too interesting to fit into a cookie-cutter hitmaker mould, and here Marina Diamandis settles nicely into her own idiosyncratic groove.
80
PopMatters

Marina re-embraces her inner strength and quite possibly creates her magnum opus with Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land.

80
AllMusic

Ancient Dreams is a quick dose of what makes Marina great: heartfelt honesty from a fellow misfit consistently pushing the boundaries of pop.

70
The Forty-Five
Her fifth album, ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’, reasserts some of the wide-eyed delight of early Marina: the British artist who gushed onto the scene in 2010 replete with diamonds and a glistening soprano.
66
Pitchfork

The unmistakably dramatic pop singer seeks the divine feminine, embracing a bold yet soft aesthetic that’s more effective than some of her lyrics.

65
Spectrum Culture

While Ancient Dreams succeeds musically, uneven and sometimes heavy-handed lyrics drag the effort down.

60
Dork

The difference between her new material and the ‘Electra Heart’ and ‘The Family Jewels’ albums it sonically references is that ‘Ancient Dreams’ takes itself too seriously.

60
musicOMH

If there’s anything the album lacks ... it’s some of the knowing playfulness of her previous work. It seems to be missing a slight spark that made Marina such a fun breath of fresh pop air. Maybe that’s the point though. These aren’t fun times, and Marina is here to deliver harsh truths.

60
The Observer

Anti-misogyny manifesto pop could easily become clumsy and overwrought, but the joy Marina invests into her mannered, quasi-operatic delivery makes sedition sound seductive.

60
The Needle Drop

It's admirable that Marina tackles a number of weighty subject matters on Ancient Dreams; unfortunately, there's often not enough follow-through on the musical end.

Doublez
75
Ancient Dreams In a Modern Land is not only a return to form for Marina, but on top of that it has surprised itself positively on several occasions. If we don't necessarily find the prowess of the beginnings, on the other hand we quickly forget Love+Fear.

We feel the Welsh singer-songwriter Marina reinvigorated, as some important things that were cruelly missing on her previous and disappointing album Love + Fear. First of all, this hint of madness, as well as this contagious energy as ... read more
Maqtheus
79
O quinto álbum de Marina lhe põe na posição de uma artista confiante e destemida.

Desde que surgiu, Marina teve uma trajetória marcada de tentativas. Com erros e acertos ela permeou entre vários cenários, inclusive um quase parecido com o mainstream durante a época em que o indie ainda era uma classificação adorada no tumblr. Com seus álbuns 'The Family Jewels', 'Electra Heart' e 'Froot', Marina havia de fato se ... read more
Musicnerdd
70
She looks like if lana del rey was actually a nice person
Davibitt1234
81
Após seu álbum mais criticado pelo público, pelo fato da artista ter tentado um pop genérico, Marina volta com um álbum bem diferente e melhor que seu anterior, mais voltado ao pop rock, com várias músicas que lembram as de seus álbuns antigos, principalmente o "Froot", entregando um album bem interessante.

Quem inicia o álbum são as excelentes faixa titulo e "Venus Fly Trap", com algumas das melhores ... read more
marvelgaryen
94
Marina's new fantasy world by the name of 'Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land' is so damn refreshing. Well... it actually took some time, but she's in her full form, perhaps she's never been this great. From top to bottom this record is a great choice, the tracks all sound so refined, production wise I'm v-e-r-y impressed, some of the lyrics aren't the best but that's not even a point, her voice compensates anything.

It's not an absolutely perfect album, but that may be the exact point. She's ... read more
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Track List

1Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
3:26
85
2Venus Fly Trap
2:38
85
3Man's World
3:27
75
4Purge The Poison
3:16
83
5Highly Emotional People
3:34
76
6New America
3:52
76
7Pandora's Box
3:32
72
8I Love You But I Love Me More
3:43
80
9Flowers
3:54
74
10Goodbye
4:42
77
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: April 14, 2021