Marina’s Shining Diamonds

She is Marina. You are her Diamonds.

A bodacious brunette siren in velvet hiphuggers, black lips, and Toronto-bought thrift store jersey tee took the stage Wednesday night at Queen St. East’s Opera House. The show was originally booked at tiny El Mocambo, but a change proved necessary for the 19+ crowd that nearly filled the entirety of the venue.

Marina and the Diamonds aka Marina Lambrini Diamandis hails from Wales, UK, her surname literally translated to mean β€œdiamonds” in Greek.

With a shimmering image that seems contagious, a trail of literal glitter lead from the public bathrooms to the stage. But don’t get it wrong; Marina’s vocals are so strong and powerful that she does not need to obliterate herself with extraneous factors and distracting accessories. There were no over-the-top props for props’ sake, save for 2 hand-held plastic hamburgers brought out during the performance of single Hollywood.

Prone to sparkly fantasy-inducing lyrics, a la β€œDrinking champagne, made by the angel who goes by the name of Glittering Gabriel” of insanely melodic-pop, it would be appropriate to call her tunes angelic — if heaven’s choir was to sing about mail-order trophy wives (see β€œI asked her why would you want to be a Hollywood wife, ‘Because I don’t want to end up living in a dive on Vine’”).

Marina took to the keys for a few passion-filled songs, infusing the air with smooth vocals, silence in between high notes (except for the occasional outburst from token fan boy #1, belting out some obnoxious screeches of mildly-crude appreciation).

A live cover you thought you’d never hear? 3Oh!3‘s Starstrukk, sung with heart and added depth, totally unexpected with lyrics like β€œNice legs, Daisy Dukes, makes a man go woo-hoo”. Slow and sultry, it was honest, non-kareoke cabaret.

With three EP’s and a newly released debut album The Family Jewels, there is nothing rough about this Diamond.

Check out Marina’s new video for Shampain. It’s thrillingly dazzling!

“I feel celestial!”

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