Thursday, August 23, 2012
When I heard that Marina and the Diamonds was swinging 'round New York City on her Lonely Hearts Club Tour months ago, I bought my tickets on the spot. And those months of waiting, anticipating, and counting down the days came to a climax last Saturday August 18th at Webster Hall as Marina enchanted the sold out crown with a sugar-rush showcase of dramatic dolly pop.
The stage, swathed in feminine blues and pinks, looked like a Stepford Wives' boudoir, complete with chaise lounge, martini glasses, and pink poodles, naturally. Marina took the stage at 9 PM, her dramatic entrance made even more climactic as she glided underneath her pink neon "Electra Heart" sign in a frothy wedding veil and decadent white fur.
She powered through the opener, the electro-rager "Homewrecker," with the vengeance of a virgin bride scorned. Much to the thrill of the audience, Marina followed with 'The Family Jewels' tracks "Oh No!" and "Mowgli's Road," to which much singing-along ensued from the crowd.
Afterwards, Marina moved into an emotional performance of "Lies," moving me close to tears at one point with her vocal and lyrical poignancy. "I Am Not A Robot" and "Starring Role" followed, the former of which brought a nostalgic kick to the long-term fans in the audience.
Slipping into a sheer, foamy pink dressing gown, Marina launched into one of my favorite tracks off the album, the underrated "State of Dreaming." The stage glowed and twinkled under the pink lights, psychedelic flower lights spinning against the backdrop as Marina performed, her pink nightie flowing behind her angelically.
Dark electronics and sharp synths filled the venue as "Power and Control" started, starkly contrasting the dreamy mood of the previous track. "I'm gonna make you fall," Marina sang powerfully, commanding the stage like a diva as she strutted back and forth. After slipping into a hot pink Miss Shellfish Beach sash, the electric guitars flared up for "Bubblegum Bitch," Marina twirling and thrashing about the stage in an iridescent blue prom dress.
"Obsessions" and "Hypocrates" were up next, followed by the throbbing single "Primadonna," to which Marina simply owned the stage like the posh princess she is. The crowd erupted for her performance, the pop star moving between dainty and dramatic during the performance. Afterwards, Marina snatched up a martini glass for "Shampain" - which, by the way, I was for some reason both surprised and thrilled to see her perform.
The stage lit up with twinkling lights for the next track, the massive dance anthem "Radioactive." The synths throbbed as Marina twirled and bounced on stage, a light up heart belt wrapped around her tiny waist, the crowd jumping and screaming in ecstasy. After fleeing the stage, Marina returned for the encore, including a dazzling piano rendition of fan-favorite "Teen Idle" and a haunting performance of "Fear and Loathing."
Upcoming sassy single - and surefire smash hit - "How To Be A Heartbreaker" was the track to close the set, the pop starlet cutely pondering, "At least I think I do..." as the crowd screamed for their queen. After the show, I was on a high for days, proving that not only is Marina and the Diamonds one of the most exciting pop artists and singers right now, but also one of the most exciting performers.
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