New Release (Elektra)
Only in the UK (where this album is already a hit) would lyrics this subversive come with pop this sparkly and commercial. Group mastermind Marina Diamandis can spin dance beats and hooks with the biggest of them (with one difference: Though there are many layers of vocals on each song, she has enough range to rely very little on Auto-Tune). But the lyrics, beginning with the anti-anthem “Bubblegum Bitch,” take a scalpel both to the consumerism of teen pop, and the social norms it reinforces. It’s what you’d get if Lana Del Rey and Gang of Four collaborated.