Marina Diamandis gave an interview this week in which she was quite blunt in her assessment of 2010:
I feel more like a failure than a success," she said. "I haven’t done anything I want to do. For someone who wants to be one of the best artists of her generation, I've done fuck all.She goes on to say, "The (American) label haven't really promoted me at all." To be honest, I am not sure how Marina ever would have succeeded in the US. While everything about her screams POP STAR to me, I think she'd best focus on developing a cult following here. For myself, I guess I wanted an album that had the depth and richness of Obsessions, rather than the abundance of up-tempos that filled the record. The US label inexplicably took Rootless, one of the more subtle songs, off the American pressing of the CD.
The lesson here is that it's out of everyone's control. Simple as that. You cannot really control what connects with the audience. It is very, very hard to make a star. Marina is entitled to feel upset, of course. She was touted as a huge upcoming talent and the sales did not match the dream. She has confidence in spades, so it's hard to hear talk in terms of failure. What she needs to remember - and usually she does - is that it's people that matter. People who love what she does and are inspired by it...
The PS22 Chorus doing Marina & The Diamonds I Am Not A Robot
I love how this version highlights the message of the lyrics:
It's okay to say you've got a weak spot
You don't always have to be on top
Better to be hated
Than loved, loved, loved for what you're not
Wise words. Note that Marina also gave a clue this week as to her next album's themes: "It's an abrasive pop record," she said, "about feminism and sex."
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