In the Post #87: Paloma Faith – Fall to Grace sampler

By on Monday, 2nd April 2012 at 3:00 pm
 

Owner of a distinctive vocal style, at once sultry jazz chanteuse, vast-lunged stage bellow, and helium-voiced pop starlet, Paloma Faith has become known for her distinctive brand of radio-friendly show tunes. Forthcoming album ‘Fall To Grace’ is introduced by single ‘Picking Up the Pieces’, where business is very much as usual after 2009’s ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’ Epic in ambition and arrangement, Faith is unenviably tasked with repairing the heart of a lover broken by another. “Do you wish I was a bit more like her / am I too loud? I play the clown / to cover up all these doubts,” emotes Paloma, backed by huge synthesised strings, a dense chorus of backing vocals, and large helpings of auto-tune. In these times of resurgent musical theatre, what this lacks in edge is sure to be rewarded by mass appeal; there’s no claim to zeitgeist-defining originality.

In addition to the lead-off single, there are two other taster tracks on offer: ‘Thirty Minute Love Affair’ is as MOR they come, and a demo version of ‘Just Be’ sees Faith doing a fine impression of Lana Del Rey. The arguments of who invented the breathy vocal style first could go on long into the early hours, but for those who want a cockney version of Ms. Del Rey, then your luck’s in here.

The single ends up less than the sum of its overblown parts – for all its bombast it lacks proper emotional punch – but Paloma herself certainly is a charismatic performer and can overcome her lack of a properly special voice by sheer force of personality and a lively stage show. Her style works better live than as a pseud’s plaything on record, and should keep the Radio2 crowd bopping away nicely.

6/10

Paloma Faith’s new album, ‘Fall to Grace’, will be released the 28th of May on Sony. ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ as a single precedes it on the 20th of May.

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