Daily Song Study

Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood

In songs on August 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

There is a school of thought that says there is no place for cheese-pop in a quality musical palate. I disagree, since have often found that there are artists in that genre who are making music that is far more challenging than much of what comes out of tragically-haired hipster dudes with guitars.

Take for example Marina Diamandis, proprietress of Marina & the Diamonds. In her lyrics, she takes on everything from gender roles to OCD to greed and more, all coupled with a beat you can dance to. The attached tune finds her dissecting the entertainment industry dream machine and its effects on the culture at large. The ’80s synths really make it work, at least for me.
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