Marina & the Diamonds, 'The Family Jewels' (Chop Shop/Atlantic)

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The Family Jewels
Critical Mass
Label: Chop Shop/Atlantic

by Barry Walters

The latest U.K. sensation writes about neither love nor sex: Caring not even for friends, she's more gaga on fame than our Lady. Navigating the forks in success' path with a Hummer-wide vibrato, Marina Diamond casts herself as the Mowgli of her own Hollywood jungle book. Ravishing yet famished for attention, this overachiever would be bloody irritating if she didn't demonstrate a savvy command of pop hooks. Mall-disco sheen reflects her fascination with the mainstream; new-wave quirks signify her alienation from it.

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