While being perceived exceptionally by critics after the catastrophe of Electra Heart, ‘Diamonds’, Diamandis’ fanbase have taken the majority of the album to rest. The album could be considered dull compared to Diamandis’ past records ‘Electra Heart’ and ‘The Family Jewels,’ but the astonishing visuals paired the hidden themes of ‘FROOT’ made it one of 2015’s best albums. Here are 5 of the deepest cuts from her most recent album.
The first track of FROOT, seen as just a ballad to some, but an overcoming message of life to others. The light track with highly relatable lyrics was easily looked over by the majority of Diamandis’ fanbase. After her identity was missing post the Electra Heart era, these lyrics explain how Marina was ready to tone down. Of course, she wasn’t done with her career, but she wanted internal peace. As simple as it is, this record showcases her tone coming into the exemplified FROOT era. With endless possibilities, Diamondis came into the fourth quarter of 2014 with a punch in the face with this track. An amazing second look into what FROOT was.
2. I’m A Ruin
After an early leak of the track due to early vinyl shipments, fans went straight to the track disappointedly being turned off, by the up-tempo beat, while missing something at the same time. The lyrics did not disappoint, though explaining a ruthless heartbreak that she solely blamed on herself. The live band used throughout the record gives a warmer, less contemporary vibe. Already on the 3rd track of the record, ‘Froot’ outshined this track, which deserved recognition on the messages that went into the hearts of Diamonds worldwide. The track is more of a grower than an instant favorite in your mind, the mix of instrumental and vocal demonstration is one that is hard to find, and Diamandis was one who accomplished this very well.
Given the name of the most underrated track on the album on this list, is said to be Diamandis’ least favorite, or second to least favorite track. Flying references from El Dorado, a city full of gold, and Midas, A Greek king who could turn anything to gold. These were used to withhold the theme of Diamandis not wanting to pursue the life of a pop star she so desired throughout her childhood. She decided the pop star life was not for her, and this song, as well as her persona one the LP shows how she was successful in not being seen as a sold out artist, but an artist of taking on any genre they would wish too.
The message of pain and agony Diamandis withholds inside is represented in this record, but is looked down on due to the production and repetitive chorus. What’s wrong repetition, though? Marina explains that whomever her lover is, that they can’t see how she feels inside. It isn’t going to change anytime soon. Some Diamonds have praised the song on the records connection, lyrics, and how the instances of these feelings which won’t disappear are universal, going even deeper than the topic of love, but as well as sexuality, family problems, and self-doubt.
A song some fans admire to death, and some hate one more than they can take a break from. From the tracks soothing instrumental to the universal message it gives to the songs readers, the record explains love’s use in the world. Life is not everlasting, there is nothing we can do to stop death at this point. The world is an “elusive game” said by Marina. There really isn’t enough to do in your life, everybody dies and Marina gets everything she can out of her mind to demonstrate the boggling topic. This track is an admirable album closer, human existence and the wanting our presence to be around forever is stuck in the listener’s mind. Left on a dark note, ‘Immortal’ was a fascinating and successful closure of ‘FROOT.’
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