The Family Jewels

The Family Jewels

by Marina and the DiamondsMarina and the Diamonds


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"Did you find your bitch in me," Marina Diamandis asks on "Hermit the Frog," a track not unlike many others suggesting that Marina & the Diamonds' debut album is not scared of being inarguably ballsy. Track to track, each song is more quotably engaging than the next on The Family Jewels, the debut record by Marina & the Diamonds. Diamandis, the sole artist behind the band, does a masterful job of navigating through styles and genres on a varied debut that hoards influences from '80s dance records, late-'90s female rock, and post-millennial synth pop and throwback soul. If one wanted to compare her to contemporaries, one could start by listening to "I Am Not a Robot" and feeling the influence of Kate Nash, or turning to "Oh No" and understanding the Ke$ha vibes that adorn some of the more spiteful, playful tracks. Wrap these songs together with a voice not unlike Florence Welch's and one gets an album that is unified by two traits: undeniable bite and unforgettable hooks. Sure, not all of The Family Jewels is necessarily mainstream enough for radio waves or single jewel cases; however, not one track on this album lacks a hook that wouldn't have listeners of a wide span of ages singing along. Much of this can be credited to Diamandis herself, who wrote seven of the 13 tracks on her debut, and contributes on the other six. And even with Liam Howe at the production helm for ten of the tracks, nothing feels stale, dated, or perpetuated. The contrast from single to single validates this: "Mowgli's Road" bursts out with an almost childlike rhythm that is supported by howling monkeys, only to be followed later by "Hollywood," a playful frock rooted in synthesizers and a massive chorus. Diamandis earns a large number of brownie points for owning a unified sound on her album that invests itself in every track, sparing no album cut for the sake of quantity over quality. The Family Jewels is a record that is creatively ubiquitous and aggressive, traits that make this album not unlike Amy Winehouse's Back to Black or maybe even Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2010
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646817870
catalogNumber: 524155
Rank: 14998

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marina and the Diamonds   Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin   Guitar,Keyboards
Pascal Gabriel   Synthesizer
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Steve Durham   Drums
Ash Howes   Keyboards
Lucy Shaw   Double Bass
David Westlake   Drums
Liam Howe   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Jew's Harp,Recorder,Spoons,Mellotron,Santoor
Chris Worsey   Cello
Rebekah Allan   Violin
Stephen Large   Piano,Hammond B3
Rachel Robson   Viola
Anna Phoebe   Violin
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Chris Allan   Cello
Neil Catchpole   Violin
Alison Dods   Violin
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Drums,Keyboards
Alex Mackenzie   Mandolin,Piano,Drums,Harpsichord
Oliver Langford   Violin,Viola
Marina Diamandis   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals
Chrysostomos Tornari   Bouzouki
Anna Mowat   Cello

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Pascal Gabriel   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ash Howes   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Derek MacKillop   Management
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Lucy Shaw   String Arrangements
Liam Howe   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Whistle
Stephen Large   String Arrangements
Dougal Lott   Pro-Tools
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Starsmith   Producer
Marina Diamandis   Composer,Producer

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The Family Jewels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
catsandcoldbrew More than 1 year ago
The album itself is amazing! My personal favorite tracks are "Seventeen" and "Hollywood" On the vinyl quality, it skips around on "I am not a robot" "Are you satisfied?" and "Shampain" and on "Oh No!" at "it has no appeal" It repeats "peel" and you have to skip the track a bit to fix it. Frustrating because I love 'Oh No!" and it's quite frustrating. Songs: 10/10 Vinyl: 6/10 because of the 4 tracks. A 4 because Marina is amazing, the vinyl not so much..
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