Social Commentary in a Froot-y Album

Marina Diamandis, or Marina and the Diamonds, is probably one of the most interesting acts I've come across in a long time. From her outstanding register to her socially-conscious lyrics. Marina packs a punch in her latest venture "Froot."

The album was released back in March but I haven't really given it my full attention until now. Though I was a huge fan of "Electra Heart" and "The Family Jewels," it took me a while to jump on board the "Froot" train. Now that I have, I'm ashamed it took me this long to come around to it.

Though the album has some solid hits, the titular song "Froot," "Forget," and "Blue" spring to mind, what's most impressive is Marina's unwillingness to compromise her message and her desire to discuss problems of the world through her music. One such track is "Savages," a direct-hit at humanity's innate penchant for violence.

Marina wonders if this is something we're born with or something we learn? Nature vs. nurture? And who are we really fighting for? Ourselves? A "higher power"?

The song is distressing and disturbing because everything she sings about is so on point. With references from everything from the Boston Marathon Bombing to rape to religious violence, Marina makes us take a hard look at what's going on and whether we can ever break these horrible patterns.  

My hope, obviously, is yes, though it's clear we're a long way away from a utopian world. But according to Marina "we're just animals still learning to behave."