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Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (Bonus Track Version)

Paloma Faith

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Album Review

Paloma Faith's debut album comes in the wake of a slew of contemporaries who have received critical acclaim; her 2009 release puts her at least a year behind the likes of Duffy, Adele, Gabriella Cilmi, and the one who started it all, Amy Winehouse. Therefore, it's no surprise that Faith's debut, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, is heavily affected by many of these aforementioned songbirds. Faith's debut is swimming in that bruising, soulful melodrama that Winehouse glamorized back in 2007. Highlights such as the album's title track can remind a listener of Back to Black's finest moments. At the same time, Faith's debut honors the crisp, icy sounds that Duffy and Cilmi brought to the table to critical acclaim. Therefore, what remains to be seen is how she stands out from her Brit counterparts. What Faith offers more than anyone else is the theatrical quality that music craves. Her background as a burlesque dancer helps her deliver these penetrable lyrics in a truly remarkable way; in fact, it's her delivery that makes these tunes so haunting. Lyrics from "Romance Is Dead" and "Smoke and Mirrors" suggest that Faith has the raw, creative potential with a pen that transforms good singers into artists. The album drives into twisted themes, like a killer Anne Sexton poem that seems to defy social norms through fairy tales (see "New York"). However, where this album falls short is in the production quality. While albums such as 19 by Adele offer a flourishing set of raw tunes, Faith's tracks seem too glossy and processed, as if an executive has tried too hard to make many of these tracks way too commercial. And while this is a plus on the album's lead single, "Stone Cold Sober" (which is as much Duffy as it is Katy Perry), many of the tracks lose that dramatic intrigue that makes them so cool. The overall mood of the album feels a bit broken and battered, but comes off too polished to let that feeling drive home. On her next release, Faith should consider letting the artistry pave the way instead of the commercial drive; however, as a new artist already following so many in the same vein, sometimes we have to sell out just a touch to be heard and appreciated for what we can offer later on.

Customer Reviews

A new leading lady has arrived...

It's not often that someone who just has it 'all' comes along. Thankfully, Paloma Faith has. Do You Want The Truth, Or Something Beautiful is an eclectic collage of genres and moods that's delivery takes you back to the grandeur of those few leading ladies who seemed to disappear decades ago. Watching the video for New York will have you in a disarmed state of complete understanding. I was sold on Paloma the moment I heard Stone Cold Sober on the UK Top 40 internet radio. Her velvety voice wafts seemlessly across genres. After previewing but a few of the tracks, you'll be fumbling for your iTunes password, and by the end of Play On, you'll be left gasping for more.

This is a spectacular first delivery by someone who has, apparently from nowhere, burst onto the scene with a complete command of whichever medium she lends her persona to. Truly. Honestly. Brilliant.

Wonderful album!

I really enjoy this album. Paloma Faith has a beautiful voice, which is unique and soulful. If you like something a little bit jazzy and a little bit different then this is definitely for you :) Lots of catchy tunes to enjoy.

Amazing!!

Her album is as great as i expected it to be and more. She is a true artist. One of the best albums of the year. Stargazer is my favourite song, all of them are great and totally worth the money.

Biography

Born: 21 July 1981 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A familiar presence on the London underground circuit for several years, the multi-talented Paloma Faith eventually broke into the mainstream thanks to her theatrical image and retro-soul sound. Born in Hackney to a Spanish father and English mother, she earned a degree in contemporary dance at university before studying for an M.A. in time-based arts at St. Martins College. At the age of 18, she made her debut on the cabaret scene, singing in a covers band called Paloma & the Penetrators, before...
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