Marina & The Diamonds - Hollywood
With what’s being called her most poppy song so far, Hollywood is Marina’s latest single to be released from her debut album “The Family Jewels”, released 15th February.
The song is about how Hollywood can affect people, making them want to live the “American Dream”, and Marina has stated that the song is about her in a way, as she was bitten by the bug to wanting to be an American Queen.
The trend of Marina songs often starts with her strong vocals singing over the piano, developing further into the captivating songs she normally does. This time she starts off with a much quieter opening, with the line “American queen is the American dream”, which sets the scene of her story. Vocally the first verse has Marina reaching for a range of notes before the chorus kicks in, which feels American.
The chorus is captivating, typical of Marina’s qualities as a writer and performer, and probably a defining song in her career. With the way it’s been produced, you can tell this song is aimed at the masses, whereas previous songs were tailored to Marina’s taste.
The way the song has been written, sang and recorded makes it feel American. Maybe I associate it too much now- since the song is about in Hollywood, and I’ve seen the video which is draped in the red, white and blue. Speaking of the video, it’s been beautifully directed by Kinga Burza, who’s also directed music videos for La Roux and Kate Nash to name a few.
It feels like Marina’s intends to take over the music world, and she’ll most likely succeed. You can’t fault anything she does, everything is musically perfect. Hollywood is the start, next stop world domination.