Review of Power and Control by Marina and The Diamonds
So Marina and The Diamonds, one of those acts that critics love yet their single sales never seem to match. However, Marina‘s ‘Electra Heart’ album hit the number one spot and now a support role on Coldplay‘s tour. This single could be the one that translates the critics accolades with single sales.
So as the title ‘Power and Control’ suggests, the song and video are based around Marina taking control over what seems a male suitor. The video shows various scenes including the blonde haired Marina throw a full bucker over the man.
The single, scheduled to be released on 9 July, 2012 sees Marina co-write with Steve Angello from Swedish House Mafia with production credits for Greg Kurstin. The result is a good electro pop tune with some great lyrics that tell a real story. If you listen closely, the track really takes the listener on a journey demonstrating a real willingness to be in complete control, yet the vulnerability in her makes you wonder if control is ever achieved. This feeling is probably best illustrated with this snippet from the lyrics “Power and control, I’m gonna make you fall, Power and control, I’m gonna make you fall, Women and men, we are the same, But love will always be a game, A human vulnerability, Doesn’t mean that I am weak, That I am weak, I am weak, I am weak, I am weak, weak, weak…”
The strong beats and lively delivery of the complex sentiment of love’s struggles in this track are expertly composed and we encourage everybody to take a listen. Let Marina take control of your ear drums.
Marina kicks off her tour, following the earlier postponements due to illness, in Norwich on 18 June, taking in the likes of Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham finally wrapping up in Sheffield on 30 June. She then returns to the US to support Coldplay on their US dates.
June 18th Norwich Waterfront
June 20th Glasgow ABC
June 21st Edinburgh Queens Hall
June 22nd Manchester Cathedral
June 24th Leamington Assembly Hall
June 25th London Tabernacle
June 27th Cardiff Corn Exchange
June 29th Birmingham Institute
June 30th Sheffield Leadmill