Marina and the Diamond‘s third studio album—FROOT—the highly-anticipated follow up to 2012’s Electra Heart–is now officially out. Some people don’t care for Marina’s sophomore effort … those people seriously don’t know what they’re talking about. Marina’s 2010 debut album, The Family Jewels, still wears the crown but FROOT and Electra Heart are equally good.
This time around Marina worked with only one producer and recorded all twelve tracks with a live band—a smart move which produced what will end up as my top album of 2015. FROOT does have a more stripped down and raw vibe but Marina’s trademark style, personality and talent are stronger than ever. Seeing an artist mature and grow over a span of five years is incredibly thrilling to watch, and I am praying Marina is in for the long haul, we’re all going to need a lot more than three albums. As much as I love music, no one has completely excited me quite like Marina since discovering Tori Amos back in 1992–for those of you who know me personally–that is one bold statement–and it’s the truth!
I’m not sure what strikes me about Marina and Tori—both of their quirky and original musical ways just do it for me. Marina’s FROOT is getting rave reviews and charting high worldwide on iTunes—she’s mining new Diamonds left and right—she is slaying everyone right now with her uniquely clever pop music. Next month (April 18th / Record Store Day) I will be heading down to San Diego to see her play live (my fifth Marina show)—I can’t wait to see FROOT tracks performed live alongside past material (I’d kill for “Hermit the Frog” to make a surprise appearance), right now all signs point to a magical evening. If you’ve somehow never heard of Marina (who I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing twice—in 2010 and 2013), I strongly suggest (demand) that you give her a listen, girlfriend does not disappoint. Watch the videos for “I’m a Ruin” and “Forget” below, two of FROOT‘s best tracks.