And so, onto Marina + The Diamonds, who didn't exactly blow me away on first listen / glance. That was probably because I'm a big cynic, and I didn't really think the world needed another British female singer songwriter. Well, I changed my mind. Kate Nash's debut album was a colossal dissppointment after much early promise; equally distressing was how her quirks were ironed out into a cake-eating, fit dress personality-less persona. Lily Allen always had the attitude, but not the songwriting ability to match. Adele and Florence and the Machine are blessed with stunning voices, but again haven't proved themselves to be in possession of the power to pen a stonking tune. I'll reserve judgement on Florence until her album drops.
Obsessions is the single, like I said I wasn't particularly enamoured with it before.
If you're similarly unsure, just listen to the ah-ah backing vocals that kick in just before the second minute. The next thirty seconds, I crumble completely. Pretty much every melody then comes back in for a beautifully layered finalé and it all makes sense. At this point, I'm enthralled by this girl's mastery of melody and vocal layers. Pink Stallone yoink the backing vocals for their epic disco-fare, their version being more suited to the highway than the bedroom. Mowgli's Road is probably the stronger track, definitely live anyway, but go elsewhere for that or buy the vinyl. Head on over to Transparent for another remix of Obsessions also. Buy from Pure Groove.
Marina + The Diamonds - Obsessions
Marina + The Diamonds - Obsessions (Pink Stallone Crush)