If you’re looking for danceable indie-pop with a retro twist, Marina and the Diamonds (also known as Marina Diamandis) has a treat for you in her latest album Froot. The UK singer-songwriter has successfully combined the best qualities of the pop, disco, and alternative genres to create an album that ultimately embodies who she wants to be as a performer. She once again puts herself out there and peacocks her way into our hearts with her quirky vocals and in-your-face individuality that are incorporated in each track.
Froot starts off the soothing, lullaby-like “Happy” and opens the door to Diamandis’ experiences of dealing with a relationship that should’ve ended way before it actually did. The track is almost like a musical version of the 5 stages of grieving after a breakup and ultimately reflects all of her emotions and steps she had to take to be fully “happy”. While the tracks don’t necessarily go in order of what the stages are, each track embodies its stage with such ease that the listener can envision themselves living through the event with her.
The “denial” stage consists of her giving her best attempt to get herself out into the world and have fun to get her mind off of the breakup, which is apparent in the upbeat, Lady Gaga-meets-LaRoux tracks “Savages” and title track “Froot”. But trying to mask the hurt can only get you so far until all of the “anger” stage starts to break through and Diamandis portrayed in the glam-rock-with-some-obvious-sass “Can’t Pin Me Down” and “Better Than That”. Luckily, her “bargaining” stage was short-lived with “Blue” and “Gold” (not a reference to that dumb dress picture).
The heavy hitting stages that produced the most emotion driven tracks were evidently “depression” and “acceptance”. Both “Solitaire” and “Weeds” are filled with haunting metaphors that represent how one feels when they’re just not sure if they can ever get themselves out of their heartbroken rut, and are set to elegant ballad instrumentation with Amy Lee vocal characteristics. Diamandis finally accepts that what happened had to happen for her to find true happiness in her life and uses retro influenced “I’m A Ruin” and “Forget” as the album’s power anthems. Froot ends with bone chillingly emotional ballad “Immortal”, in which the album comes full circle when she revisits the themes of “Happy” but also touches base on the transitioning process of her life.
Marina and the Diamonds’ Froot is an amazing representation of a female vocalist who is working her hardest to not be pinned down as one thing. She can be both sassy and emotional and for a dance influenced indie pop artist it’s sometimes hard to pull off both personas. Her ethereal voice exudes confidence regardless of whether she is slowing it down for a heartbreaking ballad or sexifying it up for an upbeat track. Froot should definitely be a part of your female empowerment playlist and it looks like the album’s early internet leak worked out in her favor.