In her half-decade on the scene, Marina & The Diamonds has crafted two pristine pop records with 2010's The Family Jewels and 2012's Electra Heart, but she might have outdone herself with her just-released Froot. Its centerpiece? Undoubtedly the lyrics—100 percent written by the Welsh singer.
On the surface the LP is a breakup record, but it's more accurate to describe this as a sonic journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. It's not a straightforward quest, with Marina spilling loads of self-depreciating sentiments, quirky metaphors and harsh truths.
Marina's no stranger to keeping it real—a huge reason why she's collected such a global fanbase of "Diamonds"—but Froot feels like a woman truly accepting who and where she is, and making the best life possible. The sentiment shines on tracks like "Immortal" and "Happy," but there's a long, twisted, sometimes-dark road to get to that hopeful, higher state of thought.
1. From "I'm a Ruin"
I played with your heart
And I could treat you better, but I'm not that smart
You still mean everything to me
But I want to be free
2. From "Savages"
Underneath it all, we're just savages
Hidden behind shirts, ties, and marriages
3. From "Can't Pin Me Down"
Do you really want me to write a feminist anthem?
I'm happy cooking dinner in the kitchen for my husband
4. From "Forget"
'Cause I have lived my life in debt
I've spent my days in deep regret
Yeah I been living in the red
'Cause I can't forgive and I can't forget
5. From "Weeds"
I miss all of my exes
They're the only ones that know me
And God knows that sex is
A way to feel a bit, a little bit less lonely
6. From "Solitaire"
I'm in love with ice blue grey skies of England
I'll admit all I wanna do is get drunk and silent
Watch my life unfold all around me
Like a beautiful garden
7. From "Can't Pin Me Down"
You can paint me any colour
And I can be your clown
But you ain't got my number
No, you can’t pin me down
8. From "Happy"
Don't go out much at all
I've never been the type to call
I realize to be happy
Maybe I need a little company
9. From "Blue"
We've broken up and now I regret it
I said goodbye when I shouldn't have said it
I even cried, but I never meant it
And I don't know why but I can't forget it
10. From "Savages"
I'm not afraid of God
I am afraid of man
11. From "Froot"
I'm your carnal flower, I'm your bloody rose
Pick my petals off and make my heart explode
I'm your deadly nightshade, I'm your cherry tree
You're my one true love, I'm your destiny
12. From "Immortal"
We wanna be remembered
Don't wanna live in vain
But nothing lasts forever
This world is in a losing game
13. From "Gold"
You can't take away the Midas Touch
So you better make way for a Greek gold rush
14. From "Savages"
Were we born to abuse, shoot a gun and run?
Or has something deep inside of us come undone?
Is it a human trait or is it learned behavior?
Are you killing for yourself or killing for your savior?
14. From "Can't Pin Me Down"
I am never gonna give you anything that you expect
You think I'm like the others, boy, you need to get your eyes checked
15. From "Solitaire"
Hard like a rock, cold like a stone
White like a diamond, black like coal
Cut like a jewel, yeah
I repair myself When you're not there
16. From "Can't Pin Me Down"
Now I got your back up
What do you not like?
Do you think I'm stuck up
'Cause I'm always picking fights?
17. From "I'm a Ruin"
It's difficult to say goodbye
And easier to live a lover's lie
20. From "Weeds"
Could have filled a garden
With all the flowers that you gave me
But none of them were ours
You know the problem with history
It keeps coming back like a weed
18. From "Blue"
No, I don't love you, no, I don't care
I just want to be held when I'm scared
And all I want is one night with you
Just 'cause I’m selfish I know it's true
19. From "Forget"
Sick of my small heart, made of steel
Sick of those wounds that never heal
20. From "I'm a Ruin"
It doesn't feel right and it doesn't feel fair
When I'm planning to move on and you're still standing there
21. From "Immortal"
No, I don't want to be afraid, afraid to die
I just wanna be able to say that I have lived my
Oh, all these things that humans do
To leave behind a little proof
But the only thing that doesn't die is love
21. From "Happy"
So now you know, you know it all
That I've been desperately alone
I haven't found the one for me
But I believe in divinity
22. From "Immortal"
I'm forever chasing after time
But everybody dies, dies
If I could buy forever at a price
I would buy it twice
23. From "Happy"
I found what I'd been looking for in myself
Found a life worth living for someone else
Never thought that I could be, I could be happy?