Marina - Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land

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Just heard the album and it's really good. The production is so vivid compared to "LOVE + FEAR" and full of great (and sometimes chaotic) flourishes that echo to "The Family Jewels" era.
And, whew, "New America" and "I Love You but I Love Me More" are such bangers and reminiscent of her early work - the former especially sounds like an updated "The Family Jewels" track, drama and all, and I absolutely love it.
 
There are two truly fantastic songs on here, Highly Emotional People and Goodbye, which is two more than Love + Fear ever had. Venus Fly Trap is pretty good as well. Not warming to the rest yet, unfortunately.
 
Goodbye gets me so in my feelings. Tried to reconnect with an ex that I can't move past and it's not going my way.
 
Why was this not the cover? It irks me that they picked the worst of the three photos we've seen of this look.
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Fuck i really love this album nn. I will admit i was waiting for to be convinced by her but still, while it is nothing new im glad to have a record that i can put beside The Family Jewels and Froot which were so important to me.

Favorites are

Ancient Dreams
Venus Fly Trap
I Love You But I Love Me More
Goodbye

and i really like Pandora's Box as well. I am happy.
 
Why was this not the cover? It irks me that they picked the worst of the three photos we've seen of this look.
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I may have to make an album cover out of this. Between the awful font and her disproportionately long fingers on her right hand, the actual cover will ruin my listening experience!
 
Listening now Venus Fly Trap has really snuck its way up there to become an instant fave Marina track. It is so catchy, it has only been out a day basically and I know every word.
 
Is it fair to say that all Marina songs sound very similar across all her albums? Or at least her last 3... I have a friend that always gets angry at me when I say that, and I understand why nn, but I genuinely feel like you could interchange songs in her albums and I wouldn't bat an eye...

I guess the same could be said for other artists, but I feel it stands out so much with her... like I'm sure I've heard her lift the exact same melody from a past album's track and put it in a new one.
 
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Is it fair to say that all Marina songs sound very similar across all her albums? Or at least her last 3 albums... I have a friend that always gets angry at me when I say that, and I understand why nn, but I genuinely feel like you could interchange songs in her albums and I wouldn't bat an eye...

I guess the same could be said for other artists, but I feel it stands out so much with her... like I'm sure I've heard her lift the exact same melody from a past album's track and put it in a new one.
I think I get you, there are some specific things that she relies a lot on that go a bit beyond the signature sound nn That one melody from Numb that she used on Buy the Stars, I think, etc.
 
Is it fair to say that all Marina songs sound very similar across all her albums? Or at least her last 3 albums... I have a friend that always gets angry at me when I say that, and I understand why nn, but I genuinely feel like you could interchange songs in her albums and I wouldn't bat an eye...

I guess the same could be said for other artists, but I feel it stands out so much with her... like I'm sure I've heard her lift the exact same melody from a past album's track and put it in a new one.

I think from Jewels to Froot there is a fair amount of artistic progression and evolution, even if some songs and themes are interchangeable. With these last two albums it's all become very 'how to write a Marina song' meme from a few years ago.

This album is pretty much on par with the last one. Really the only difference is she's covered this album in familiar window dressing and gone "better?". It's the same old platitudes, lyrical clunkers and dated production. There are probably only two or three songs where I'm like I can sort of see these songs being the beginnings of a good direction for her if she'd built on it for the album but that's it.
 

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NME gave this 4/5. Critics definitely seem to be digging her this compared to Love + Fear which got trashed nn. I know she's always low key craved critical acclaim so... !
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NME has been giving most female popstars a 4/5 lately. Even Poster Girl got a 4/5.
 
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