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Marina and the Diamonds: Dingwalls, London

Ian Gittins, The Guardian, 27 January 2010

AS 2009 DAWNED, the critical consensus held that female-fronted art-pop would dominate the year's musical landscape. This prediction proved remarkably ­prescient, with Florence and the Machine and La Roux becoming fixtures in the ­album chart, and Lady Gaga achieving a level of ubiquity normally enjoyed only by totalitarian dictators.

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