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Album Review

The ten songs on Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, Paloma Faith's U.K. Top Ten debut, were touched by over a dozen producers. For Fall to Grace, the follow-up, the singer worked almost exclusively with the duo of Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) and Nellee Hooper (Massive Attack). Naturally, as a result, it's more of a piece than merely a collection of songs. That's not to say that Gosling and Hooper don't provide Faith with a wide variety of backdrops. There's synth pop that pulses, electro-disco that just about bursts, ballads that occasionally preen and frequently roar, and grand Phil Spector-meets-Baz Luhrmann pop that teems with florid desperation. The significant uptick in theatrical flair pushes Faith to put forth maximum-effort vocal showcases that place the sound of her voice far above the meaning of the song. This steamrolls the potential for subtlety and even humor; in "Blood, Sweat & Tears," "You tell me I'm a handful, but believe me, I know" is sung with the same level of chest-beating desperation as "We can conquer the world, leave our footprints on earth." For every bullseye, like the white-hot cover of the Northern soul favorite "Let Me Down Easy," there's a wild misfire, like the societal ballad "Black and Blue" — the wrong material for a singer with a larger than life image and affected approach to singing. Commercially, she's faring well. Artistically, she's still coming into her own.

Customer Reviews

Fabulous with depth, drama and feeling.

Faith's second album sees her make the transition from an interesting proposition to a fully fledged pop star; the kind that seems so rare in the era of little talent masked by the need to hog the limelight and celebrity magazines. I'm not going to go into a review of every track on this record. The singles you will know already. What I will say is that this album reveals new layers and textures on every listen. I personally love 'Black & blue' the most with its insightful lyrics, but there is so much here to like. No fillers either. I give it five stars.

Many Thanks

Very unsure about this artist, but there was no need for uncertainty, this album is a must! Absolutely up there with the best of the best. . . Paloma, I'm in love with your music. X

Great album

I can think of one album in 2012 that is better than this.. I thought her first album was brilliant, but this is so much better.
Picking Up The Pieces: 8/10
30 Minute Love Affair: 8/10
Black and Blue: 9/10
Just Be: 10/10
Let Me Down Easy: 8/10
Blood, Sweat and Tears: 9/10
Beauty of the End: 8/10
When You're Gone: 8/10
Agony: 8/10
Let Your Love Walk In: 8/10
Freedom: 10/10
Streets of Glory: 10/10

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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