I love Marina and her Diamonds (ahem!). She’s everything a woman should be… Young, sexy, curves in all the right places, sassy, seemingly intellectual, talented both musically and vocally and generally just awesome! In short – she hot! And any girl that can still look tidy in a Micky Mouse jump suit certainly has that je ne sais qua!
When the chance came up to review her at the intimate Glee Club on Wednesday personal with a great new singer on the block. Unfortunately 599 other “punters” had the same idea and quite frankly my night with Miss Diamond was a little more crowded (by 598) than I would have liked. Humbug!
Support in the packed main room at Glee came from a relative unknown, but in my opinion soon to be acknowledged, Spark. Opening her slot with the first of many catchy electro pop numbers “Shut out the moon”, the delightful Londoner treated the crowd to one melodic tune after the next aided by her trusty rhythm section. She reminds me of when fellow Londoner Lilly Allen burst on the scene, and has a number of similar attributes. She can sing and is lyrically very good. She’s also a little bit cheeky. Smashing!
I really enjoyed Spark. Her songs were extremely catchy and very unique and she’s got a great vocal range – I’ll be keeping an eye on this young lady with such gems as “Revolving” and “Scream”. For me the one area Spark could improve upon is the amount of pre-production included in her set (there was a lot)… It would be nice to see an actual keyboard player/guitarist and a couple of backing singers tabut to give it that real gig feel. That aside, she wa extremely impressive. Defintely one to watch!
Up step the excentric main event – Marina Lambrini Diamandis – a Welsh singer songwriter of Greek dissent, or as she is more affectionately Marina and the Diamonds. She seems to have adopted the best of both of her lineage as she’s defintely got that powerful Welsh voice and has all of that mediteranian charm and fireyness.
The sultry singer instantly captivated the crowd in a similar way to which Kate Bush and Toyah Wilcox did in yesteryear. Quirky, yet talented, she launched in to “Girls” and completes the spectacle with her own brand of robotics, to the delight of the crowd.
“Hello friends”, refering to the crowd (her diamonds) greets the singer in a not too Welsh accent, “I just realise that I’ve worn a black bra with a white top!”, I’m sure the heat went up a notch or two at that moment, as many a man was seen loosening their collars. Ouch!
Then, in a tactic which is usually reserved for a much bigger Diva on a much bigger stage, Miss Diamond then adopted a new costume for nearly every song, shifting from a cocoon style “hoody” for the “Robot song”, to illuminous (or indeed luminous) lipstick and eyeliner. She even had chance to done some “Christopher Biggins-esq” sunglasses too – all this without breaking stride in her set list. Impressive.
For “Oh No” her 6th song, Marina booted the band off stage, choosing to occupy the piano herself. This acoustic number worked really well, and prooves that she’s defintely a singer songwriter opposed to a pop star singing others songs.
“Hollywood” was the big hit of the night with her faithful fans, unsurprising as it was her biggest release to date. Not far behind was her cover of 3OH3’s “Starstrukk ”