Marina LOVE + FEAR

LOVE + FEAR

Marina

Released on April 26, 2019 by Atlantic Records UK

Main artist: Marina

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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Shedding the "and the Diamonds" appendage of her stage name, Welsh pop maven Marina emerged from a self-imposed four-year absence to unveil a revitalized approach on her fourth album, Love + Fear. Stepping into the spotlight without the protection of her former moniker, she reveals a renewed confidence and tempered optimism, shedding some of the quirkiness and cheek of her early efforts, while moving past 2015's lackluster Froot. Following the difficult promotion of that album, Marina was worn out and considered quitting music. She retreated to recalculate life, studying developmental psychology -- a process she describes in "Handmade Heaven" -- and shedding the Diamonds to be herself. Alongside producers Joel Little, OzGo, Sam de Jong, and others, she crafted a double-album concept presented as complementary sides reflecting the two base emotions (according to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross). Kicking off the album with Love, Marina embraces optimism and peace with joyous dance-pop cuts and feel-good anthems packed with enough lyrical life mantras to fill a gallery's worth of affirmative self-help posters. Even on existential ruminations "To Be Human" and "End of the Earth," the purity of Marina's wonder helps pull some clunky "We Are the World"-esque lyrics from drowning in corny sentimentality. Most of the album's standouts reside in this first half, such as the shimmering "Handmade Heaven" and the pulsing "Superstar." Marina's irresistible Latin-kissed hit "Baby" -- a collaboration with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi -- slides comfortably into the mix, while the insightful "Enjoy Your Life" empowers with a motivating message that finds Marina sharing her positive headspace with listeners who might need this aural pep talk. Hopping over to Fear, she delves deeper into the troubled thoughts and anxieties that bubbled beneath Love's sparkling surface. "Believe in Love" sounds like a Reputation-era Taylor Swift song, a bittersweet heartbreaker that pairs twinkling piano and a mid-tempo beat with the sentiment that "losing you is what I'm afraid of." "Life Is Strange" prolongs the inner turmoil as Marina admits "[I] don't know what I'm doing with my life" before concluding "all we know is life is strange" with quirky production that echoes her Family Jewels sound. These songs are a bit lyrically heavy for pop, but they remain catchy enough to dance and groove through the gloom, especially on the Broods-featuring "Emotional Machine," a throbbing club track that eschews the rest of this half's by-the-numbers approach (which falls somewhere between Swift and Ellie Goulding). By the time Marina reaches her big cathartic moment on album closer "Soft to be Strong," she's realized "when love is lost, it's only fear in disguise" and resolves that "love has to be soft to be strong." As the first offering of a new stage in her career, Love + Fear not only reveals its creator as newly hopeful, but it also gives hope that future efforts might be carved in a similar fashion. Marina's Electra heart still beats, it's just pumping smoother and with a confidence born from a renewed and mature perspective. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Album : 2 disks - 16 tracks Total length : 00:56:08

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Handmade Heaven

    Joel Little, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  2. 2 Superstar

    Sam de Jong, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - John Hanes, Assistant Mix Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - Ryan Rabin, Composer - Ryan McMahon, Composer - Captain Cuts, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Ben Berger, Composer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  3. 3 Orange Trees

    Erik Hassle, Composer - Oscar Görres, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer - John Hanes, Mixing Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Jakob Jerlström, Composer - Eric Hassle, Guitar Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  4. 4 Baby (feat. MARINA & Luis Fonsi)

    Jason Evigan, Composer - Mike Horner, Engineer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Luis Fonsi, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Mark Ralph, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Marina, FeaturedArtist - Camille Purcell, Composer - Clean Bandit, MainArtist - Jack Patterson, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Trumpet - Grace Chatto, Producer, Bass - Luke Patterson, Additional Drums, Percussion - Greg Eliason, Assistant Engineer - Alex Robinson, Engineer - Tom AD Fuller, Engineer - Ross Fortune, Engineer - Nakajin, Acoustic Guitar - Ray Charles Brown Jr, Engineer - Matthew Hammett Knott, Composer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a Warner Music Group Company

  5. 5 Enjoy Your Life

    Oscar Görres, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Oscar Holter, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass, Programming - Noonie Bao, Composer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  6. 6 True

    Oscar Görres, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Oscar Holter, Composer - Noonie Bao, Composer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  7. 7 To Be Human

    Joel Little, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Niko Batistini, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  8. 8 End Of The Earth

    Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - James Flannigan, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Violin, Programming - Joe Janiak, Composer - Matt Deutchman, Coordinator Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  9. DISC 2
  10. 1 Believe In Love

    Oscar Görres, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Ukulele, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Niko Batistini, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  11. 2 Life Is Strange

    Joel Little, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Niko Batistini, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  12. 3 You

    Sam de Jong, Producer, Keyboards, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - Joe Janiak, Composer - Jack Patterson, Composer, Production - Geoff Swan, Mixer - Niko Batistini, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  13. 4 Karma

    Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Mark Ralph, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - Ryan Rabin, Composer - Ryan McMahon, Composer - Ben Berger, Composer - Jack Patterson, Composer, Producer, Mixer - Tom AD Fuller, Engineer, Assistant Mix Engineer - Ross Fortune, Engineer, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  14. 5 Emotional Machine

    Sam de Jong, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - Georgia Nott, Piano - Caleb Nott, Percussion, Bass - Georgia Josiena Nott, Composer - Caleb Allan Joseph Nott, Composer Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  15. 6 Too Afraid

    Sam de Jong, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Justin Parker, Composer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  16. 7 No More Suckers

    Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist - James Flannigan, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Drum Programmer, Programming - Alex Hope, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Drum Programmer, Programming - Matt Deutchman, Coordinator Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  17. 8 Soft To Be Strong

    Sam de Jong, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Programming - Marina Diamandis, Composer - Dave Kutch, Masterer - Rick Nowels, Composer - Dan Grech-Marguerat, Mixer, Programming - Marina, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. With the Exception of Track 4 2018 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

  • Album description
  • Shedding the "and the Diamonds" appendage of her stage name, Welsh pop maven Marina emerged from a self-imposed four-year absence to unveil a revitalized approach on her fourth album, Love + Fear. Stepping into the spotlight without the protection of her former moniker, she reveals a renewed confidence and tempered optimism, shedding some of the quirkiness and cheek of her early efforts, while moving past 2015's lackluster Froot. Following the difficult promotion of that album, Marina was worn out and considered quitting music. She retreated to recalculate life, studying developmental psychology -- a process she describes in "Handmade Heaven" -- and shedding the Diamonds to be herself. Alongside producers Joel Little, OzGo, Sam de Jong, and others, she crafted a double-album concept presented as complementary sides reflecting the two base emotions (according to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross). Kicking off the album with Love, Marina embraces optimism and peace with joyous dance-pop cuts and feel-good anthems packed with enough lyrical life mantras to fill a gallery's worth of affirmative self-help posters. Even on existential ruminations "To Be Human" and "End of the Earth," the purity of Marina's wonder helps pull some clunky "We Are the World"-esque lyrics from drowning in corny sentimentality. Most of the album's standouts reside in this first half, such as the shimmering "Handmade Heaven" and the pulsing "Superstar." Marina's irresistible Latin-kissed hit "Baby" -- a collaboration with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi -- slides comfortably into the mix, while the insightful "Enjoy Your Life" empowers with a motivating message that finds Marina sharing her positive headspace with listeners who might need this aural pep talk. Hopping over to Fear, she delves deeper into the troubled thoughts and anxieties that bubbled beneath Love's sparkling surface. "Believe in Love" sounds like a Reputation-era Taylor Swift song, a bittersweet heartbreaker that pairs twinkling piano and a mid-tempo beat with the sentiment that "losing you is what I'm afraid of." "Life Is Strange" prolongs the inner turmoil as Marina admits "[I] don't know what I'm doing with my life" before concluding "all we know is life is strange" with quirky production that echoes her Family Jewels sound. These songs are a bit lyrically heavy for pop, but they remain catchy enough to dance and groove through the gloom, especially on the Broods-featuring "Emotional Machine," a throbbing club track that eschews the rest of this half's by-the-numbers approach (which falls somewhere between Swift and Ellie Goulding). By the time Marina reaches her big cathartic moment on album closer "Soft to be Strong," she's realized "when love is lost, it's only fear in disguise" and resolves that "love has to be soft to be strong." As the first offering of a new stage in her career, Love + Fear not only reveals its creator as newly hopeful, but it also gives hope that future efforts might be carved in a similar fashion. Marina's Electra heart still beats, it's just pumping smoother and with a confidence born from a renewed and mature perspective. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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