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The Family Jewels
Studio album by Marina and the Diamonds
Released 22 February 2010
(see release history)
Recorded 2009
Genre Indie pop, New Wave
Length 47:11
Label 679
Producer Liam Howe, Richard Stannard, Pascal Gabriel, Greg Kurstin
Professional reviews
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
The Crown Jewels EP
(2009)
The Family Jewels
(2010)
The American Jewels EP
(2010)
Singles from The Family Jewels
  1. "Mowgli's Road"
    Released: 13 November 2009
  2. "Hollywood"
    Released: 1 February 2010
  3. "I Am Not a Robot"
    Released: 26 April 2010

The Family Jewels is the debut studio album by Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds, released on 22 February 2010 by 679 Recordings.[8][11] The album was produced by Liam Howe, Richard Stannard, Pascal Gabriel and Greg Kurstin.[12] The album was certified silver in the United Kingdom days before its release.[13]

Contents

Background

Diamandis explained that the album "is a body of work largely inspired by the seduction of commercialism, modern social values, family and female sexuality".[14] She also describes it as "a really diverse album stylistically speaking because I'm such a flexible writer, so there's a lot of pop on it, but there's kind of a lot of leftfield experimental stuff as well. Its basically an album about what not to be".[15]

Critical response

The Family Jewels has received mostly positive reviews; aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalised rating of 66% based on nine critical reviews.[16] Hugh Montgomery of Q magazine commented that the album presented a range of different styles, skipping "from glam-disco (Shampain) and bubblegum punk (Girls) to quavering piano laments (Obsessions) and cabaret ditties (Hermit The Frog)", and said the singer's "imaginative reach" was "complemented by a winning pop savviness."[8] However, The Independent's Andy Gill gave the album a negative review saying it "demonstrates the inevitable workings of entropy on pop methodology" and describes "Shampain" and "Hermit the Frog" as "every bit as annoying as their punning titles, with queasy, prancing piano and synth figures labouring away methodically, Mika-fashion, while she searches unsuccessfully for worthwhile lyrical routes".[17]

Singles

  • "Mowgli's Road" was released as the album's lead single on 13 November 2009.[18]
  • "Hollywood" was released as the album's second single and Diamandis' first major release on 1 February 2010.[19] It reached number twelve on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "I Am Not a Robot" will be released as the album's third single on 26 April 2010.[20]

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Are You Satisfied?"   Marina Diamandis 3:21
2. "Shampain"   Diamandis, Pascal Gabriel, Liam Howe 3:11
3. "I Am Not a Robot"   Diamandis 3:35
4. "Girls"   Diamandis, Gabriel, Howe 3:28
5. "Mowgli's Road"   Diamandis, Howe 3:12
6. "Obsessions"   Diamandis 3:38
7. "Hollywood"   Diamandis 3:50
8. "The Outsider"   Diamandis 3:17
9. "Hermit the Frog"   Diamandis 3:35
10. "Oh No!"   Diamandis, Greg Kurstin 3:02
11. "Rootless"   Diamandis, Gabriel, Howe 3:28
12. "Numb"   Diamandis 4:16
13. "Guilty"   Diamandis, Richard Stannard, Ash Howes 3:40
iTunes edition
Track Title Writer(s) Length
14. "The Family Jewels"   Diamandis 4:05

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[21] 79
Greek International Albums Chart[22][23] 17
Irish Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart 5
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Certifications

Country Certifier Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Silver[13] 60,000

Release history

Country Date Label Format
Ireland 19 February 2010 679 Recordings CD, digital download
United Kingdom 22 February 2010
Australia 26 February 2010 Warner Music
Canada
France 1 March 2010
Scandinavia
United States 25 May 2010[24] Chop Shop Records

References

  1. ^ Thomas, Lou. "Marina and The Diamonds The Family Jewels Review". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/dvhf. 
  2. ^ James, Gareth. "Marina and The Diamonds - The Family Jewels". Clash. http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/marina-and-the-diamonds-the-family-jewels. 
  3. ^ McCormick, Neil. "Marina and The Diamonds - ‘The Family Jewels’ (679) Released 22/02/10". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/7265275/Marina-and-the-Diamonds-The-Family-Jewels-CD-review.html. 
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels". Guardian Media Group. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/feb/18/marina-and-the-diamonds-cd-review. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy. "Album: Marina & The Diamonds, The Family Jewels (679)". Independent News & Media. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-marina--the-diamonds-the-family-jewels-679-1896915.html. 
  6. ^ Murphy, John. "Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels". musicOMH. http://www.musicomh.com/albums/marina-and-the-diamonds_0210.htm. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Leonie. "Album review: Marina And The Diamonds - 'The Family Jewels' (679)". IPC Media. http://www.nme.com/reviews/marina-and-the-diamonds/11067. 
  8. ^ a b c Montgomery, Hugh (March 2010). "Marina & the Diamonds – The Family Jewels". Q: p. 105. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Mark. "Marina & The Diamonds: The Family Jewels". News Corporation. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article7022495.ece. 
  10. ^ Berry, James. "Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels". Yahoo!. http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/100216/33/222bi.html. 
  11. ^ "Untitled tweet". MarinasDiamonds Twitter account. 26 January 2010. http://twitter.com/MarinasDiamonds/status/8249007091. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  12. ^ http://strangeglue.com/news/marina-the-diamonds-reveal-the-family-jewels/10007723
  13. ^ a b BPI Certified Awards Search Search The Family Jewels by "Title"
  14. ^ "[1]", nme.com. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  15. ^ Murray, Robin Marina On Musical Background - 26 Jan 2010 | Clash Music Latest Breaking Music News clashmusic.com - 26th January 2010 - Retrieved 2010-2-19
  16. ^ "The Family Jewels by Marina & The Diamonds". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/marinaandthediamonds/familyjewels. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  17. ^ Gill, AndyAlbum: Marina & The Diamonds, The Family Jewels (679) - Reviews, Music - The Independent independent.co.uk 12th February - Retrived: 2010-02-19
  18. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mowglis-road-space-woods-single/id339149219
  19. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/marina-and-the-diamonds/48651
  20. ^ Marina & the Diamonds - I AM NOT A ROBOT Retrieved 14 March 2010
  21. ^ CHARTIFACTS is a regular feature of the weekly ARIA Report - Week Commencing: 8 March 2010
  22. ^ http://www.ifpi.gr/chart01.htm
  23. ^ http://www.imagebam.com/image/f5d53172049708
  24. ^ Balls, David (March 4, 2010). "Marina confirms US album release". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a206684/marina-confirms-us-album-release.html. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 

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