September 22, 2009
Paloma Faith: Grandeur is a underrated virtue
I wanted the truth AND I wanted something beautiful. Paloma Faith delivers both. Her debut album is released September 28, but you can stream it now in the player above. When I first heard Stone Cold Sober, I immediate wrote her off as "post-Winehouse." And then I heard the literally majestic New York (watch it here). That track is just a touch on her debut: I cannot think of a more ambitious, expensive sounding album. It sounds like it was recorded by an army dressed in tulle and ribbons...
A hastily composed track-by-track:
Stone Cold Sober is still not my favorite, but I do like the long, heavy intro. Hope it's on the CD.
Smoke And Mirrors has a big glittery bauble of a chorus. The show's over, the audience is walking out...
Broken Doll - tinkly pianos, strings and girl backup singers. This one is hard to pin down.
Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful is more vocal/lyric focused until a massive instrumental middle eight that sounds like the Blue Angels (jets) overhead.
Upside Down like speakeasy music. Uber retro - and perhaps vocally the most Winehouse.
Romance Is Dead's chorus reminds me of something I can't pinpoint. Anyone else know?
New York is dominated by this: 2:12 to 2:43. That's what sold me on Paloma.
Stargazer is a lush watery midtempo recalls the late, great Lamya on the verses and Michael Jackson at his most romantic on the chorus. My early favorite.
My Legs Are Weak is an elegant old soul ballad
Play On, the finale, is all about the blaring chorus. You'll know what I mean when you hear it - a great effect.
Further reading: Don't Stop The Pop covers Paloma live at The Scala in London.