Marina & the Diamonds - Electra Heart
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Ratings: #1032 / 1096
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Based on 966 ratings
2012 Ratings: #176
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

Marina Diamandis ... rivals Katy Perry for catchy hooks, commands with the swagger of Gwen Stefani, and even comes close to the ethereal vocal exhilaration of Florence Welch.

80
AllMusic

Electra Heart is a brooding, sexy, desperate, overwrought, and infectious record that's both aware and unashamed of its contrivance.

80
The Irish Times
She comes with album number two to pointedly prove not only that not all second albums are mush, but also that if you try hard enough you can progress to a level where casual observers become fully paid-up members of your fan club.
80
Evening Standard
Marina excels at slower tempos, as in PM, Lies, Valley of the Dolls and The State of Dreaming, where her swooping vocals over an electro-pop beat bring to mind Kate Bush taking the easier option of her earlier days.
60
The 405

Electra Heart is a naturally glossy if not promising progression for the young songstress, and the majority of the album is still eminently fun. 

60
musicOMH

There are some strong singles which are bound to bounce around throughout the summer, but what comes next will be interesting

60
The Guardian
Marina Diamandis has a new alter ego to go with her new musical directon. Unfortunately, it's a rather familiar one.
60
The Arts Desk
Second album from Welsh-Greek pop princess is predictable but full of vim.
60
Uncut

Whether she'll increase her fanbase on this second album by cloaking her naked ambition in the character of a self-obsessed bunny boiler called Electra Heart remains to be seen, but she's certainly given it everything.

59
Pitchfork

Whilst there's no getting past some of the duller and more unbearable material on this record, it's a real shame that it's come hamstrung in this unnecessary concept, ready for people to laugh when Marina fails to pull it off. 

50
Drowned in Sound

Electra Heart is a reasonably fun listen, and even if it falls short of its stratospheric ambition, still has more to say than many of Marina's contemporaries. 

50
NME

The album as a whole is an expensive-sounding failure.

40
NOW Magazine
Her husky, swooping voice brims with character, but it’s rarely given room to breathe here, and pairing the blunt metaphorical conceits of songs like Primadonna, Bubblegum Bitch and Homewrecker with equally unimaginative beats results in much middling and unmemorable material.
40
The Independent
Over brutish electro-stomps and fizzy pop trifles every bit as sickly as that suggests, Marina's shrill Violet Elizabeth Bott inflections proclaim her emptiness.
40
The Observer
These prom queen themes have had a more intriguing musical treatment from Lana del Rey.
10
Clash
‘Electra heart’ is an ingloriously languid statement of Marina’s demise, the final stamp of disapproval on her flailing excuse of a musical career. There is actually a song called ‘Bubblegum Bitch’ on this album. ’nuff said.
GersonAOTY
70

Electra Heart is the most popular (and captivating album for this generation) of Marina's career, within it she discuss topics such as love and identity, creating the title character "Electra Heart" to represent female archetypes in popular American culture (House Wife, Beauty Queen, Homewrecker and Idle Teen).

For me this album both hits and misses, especially in the production that manages to sound quite dated and predictable in comparison to its predecessor The Family Jewels, ... read more

LukasLima
87

* Bumblegum Bitch (9/10)
* Primadonna (10/10)
* Lies (9/10)
* Homewreker (8/10)
* Starring Role (8/10)
* The State Of Dreaming (8.5/10)
* Power & Control (9.5/10)
* Living Dead (8.5/10)
* Teen Idle (8/10)
* Valley of the Dolls (9/10)
* Hypocrates (9/10)
* Fear and Loathing (7.5/10)
* Radioactive (10/10)
* Sex Yeah (8/10)
* Lonely Hearts Club (8.5/10)
* Buy The Stars (7.5/10)
* How To Be a Heartbreaker (10/10)

Nota Final: 87/100

rushmore
100

this is an amazing album, you guys just like dick too much

Greendiamond44
84

Such a great dance pop album just a little too much filler
Best tracks:teen idle, primadonna girl, how to be a heartbreaker

manasseslucas
98

This tracklist will never be surpassed by another pop album.

coconutsz
90

Marcante e cheios de hits eu gosto mas tá longe de ser o melhor álbum da Marina.

Bubblegum Bitch - 8.5/10
Primadonna - 10/10 💚
Lies - 10/10 💚
Homewrecker - 10/10 💚
Starring Role - 10/10 💚
The State of Dreaming - 9.5/10 ⭐
Power & Control - 8.5/10
Living Dead - 9.5/10 ⭐
Teen Idle - 10/10 💚
Valley of the Dolls - 9.5/10 ⭐
Hypocrates - 8.5/10
Fear and Loathing - 10/10 💚
Radioactive - 8.5/10 ⭐
Sex Yeah - 9.5/10 ⭐
Lonely Hearts Club - 8.5/10 ⭐
Buy the ... read more

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Track List

1Bubblegum Bitch
2:34
88
2Primadonna
3:41
90
3Lies
3:46
89
4Homewrecker
3:22
87
5Starring Role
3:26
90
6The State of Dreaming
3:36
86
7Power & Control
3:46
82
8Living Dead
4:04
80
9Teen Idle
4:14
90
10Valley of the Dolls
4:13
86
11Hypocrates
4:01
79
12Fear and Loathing
6:07
84
Total Length: 46 minutes

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Added on: April 26, 2012