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Monday, 30 July 2012

An Ode to Marina and the Diamonds

By Claire, Devonne and Rayna

Before we begin our ode to Marina and the Diamonds, we first want to have a small ode to our feminist friend Rayna. Rayna is funny, smart, opinionated and she is co-writing this post as a guest-blogger! Welcome Rayna!

So who exactly is Marina and the Diamonds and why is she so awesome? Well, shes Welsh, shes a pop artist, shes awesome, shes got a beautiful voice, shes a talented song-writer, shes awesome, shes super stylishhave we mentioned shes awesome? Have you noticed that were saying she and not they? If you thought this was a band, dont worry about it. Many a poorly informed music reviewer has made this mistake, much to our dismay. She is a solo artist and her full name is Marina Diamandis. The Diamonds refers to her fans (which mean were Diamonds.Obviously). Weve been following her career since her first album, The Family Jewels, debuted in 2010. Now, two years later, shes released a new album, Electra Heart. Which we absolutely adore.

Musically, Marina has been compared to many artists, including Katy Perry and Lana Del Ray. While Marinas music can match other popular artists in being fun and catchy, her lyrics are intellectual and witty in a way that is hard to rival. The subject matter of her songs ranges from the American Dream, to love, ambition, and our personal favourite topic - feminism. Its a little deeper than We danced on table tops and we took too many shots. And its not just that her lyrics can be interpreted as feminist. Marina actually says shes a feminist, a very rare statement for anyone in todays pop culture. In an interview with UK magazine Company, when asked if she sees herself as a feminist Marina responds with Yes...everybody thinks its about hairy legged women who hate men. But its not. Contrast that with Ellie Gouldings response in the exact same magazine where she states No...I dont give a shit if an artist is male or female, as long as the music is great. But I dont think thats being a feminist, I think thats about equality (Ellie please be directed to blog post one where we define feminism). Feminism has such a negative connotation that most people state theyre not a feminist as quickly as possible. For Marina to openly say shes a feminist and actually understand the meaning of the word, is a breath of fresh air.

One of our favourite songs from Marinas new album is Sex, Yeah. It sounds like it would be a vapid and shallow song, but its actually a comment on raunch culture and the gender stereotypes prevalent in Western society. Her lyrics lament that nothing is provocative anymore, even for kids, while telling us to question what the TV tells [us]...question good and question bad. While we are often taught to be critical thinkers, this message doesnt usually come from pop songs. The chorus questions gender roles, wishing that history could set you free from who you were supposed to be and that sex in our society didnt tell a girl who she would be . We could continue analyzing every line in this song but its probably best if you just listen to it yourself.

Seriously. Go to youtube. Now. Also while you are there take a couple minutes to watch one of her satirical music videos. We recommend Hollywood, Oh No!, and Primadonna.

We live in a society where pop stars are common role models for young girls. And while that may be an issue in itself, if youre going to look up to a pop star, Marina, with her confidence, intelligence and outspoken feminism, is a pretty good choice.

@: Marina and the Diamonds - Sex, Yeah!

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