Marina and the Diamonds’ Froot Is Tasty

Welsh sensation Marina Diamandis known better as Marina and the Diamonds released her third album Froot through Neon Gold and Atlantic Records. Diamandis’ substantial vocals carry her strong in this album as she takes on some dark subjects.

The opening track “Happy” is minimal, with Diamandis’ vocals over a piano and sparse use of echoes and etheral backup vocals. Initially, it sounds ironically sad, but the lyrics are really about spiritual awakening and finding happiness. The music becomes more vibrant towards the end, reflecting on self love (I believe someone’s watching over me/And finally I have found a way to be/Happy). “Happy” was released earlier as the first single release from the album and it represents the more simplistic writing with just herself and David Kosten in production, in comparison to her previous albums produced by multiple people.

Upbeat “Froot” is super sexy. It is a come-hither song as she relates herself to ripe fruit ready for picking. The playful spelling and disco vibes are fitting to Diamandis’ style. There is some obscurity as the minor key and some parts of the lyrics suggest that not all will be well (“Leave it too long I’ll go rot/Like an apple you forgot/Birds and worms will come for me”). Ending on a whisper, this track is enchanting and memorable.

Blue” opens with a cute, repetitive, keys and vocal intro. This song is the epitome of a one night stand. The sadness of a lonely night brings on the lyrics that beg for attention. The lightness of the track is seen in another colorful track, “Gold,” which carries major hippy sentiments as it preaches the overrated importance of money. It’s breeziness is perfect for spring break on the beach and not worrying about student loans.

The sad undertones in the vocals of “Weeds” is counteracted by the positive vibes from guitar. “Savages” captures the darkness of human nature that is unfortunately seen everyday, from news of war to acts of violence. Her vocals are low and simple, with pretty much no emotion as she sings matter of factly. The steady drum beats like adrenaline until the end.

Immortal” closes the album almost with the same energy as the opening track. The minimalism in the music allows the ears to focus completely on Diamandis’ haunting voice as she ends distressingly with Everybody dies/Chasing after time/So keep me alive. 

The dark emotions in this album does not make the album any less interesting. It does the opposite by throwing in bits and pieces of shadiness to otherwise overdone pop lyrics. The brutal honesty shown by Marina and the Diamonds speaks to today’s young adults.

1 Comment

  1. Lauren Silvestri

    March 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Huge fan of Marina. I think there are more solid hits on her previous album, but I like this one and will probably like it more after a few listens.

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