Tasty Tracks of 2012: Primadonna by Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds' latest release, Electra Heart, attempts to say a lot of about celebrity and contemporary culture. "Primadonna" sits at the center of the album; a lot could be written on what the track says about gender, commercialism, and narcissism.  However, such discussions are not what makes the song work. It is worth listening to because Marina has constructed a sharp piece of satirical pop that rides on a good hook and strong production. The track bounces along with a crunchy house beat--perhaps the best beat of the year--and Marina's performance, which moves from breathy teasing to a deep growl. Marina winks at us throughout her whole performance, and she has damn good time doing it. Is she telling us we should be skeptical of celebrities? Perhaps. Are these issue interesting? Maybe. Are you going to have a great night dancing to this song? Hell, yes.

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