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Hackney-born 25-year-old singer Paloma Faith has been collecting critical acclaim since 2009, and it's easy to see why. Her songs shine with soulful pop perfection and the unmistakable stamp of her inimitable persona. She draws on influences as diverse as Billie Holiday, Etta James, P J Harvey and Edith Piaf. Like her music, Paloma's story never fails to thrill. In the lead up to her becoming a singer, she has been a magician's assistant, trained contemporary dancer, St. Martin's alumni with an MA in theatre direction, a performer in burlesque shows, and an actress. Paloma wrote her debut album in the UK, Sweden and America and recorded it entirely in London. The album features writing collaborations with Ed Harcourt, Jodi Marr (Mika), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kylie), Steve Robson (Take That) and Jorgen Elofsson. Epic. 2009.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00292BYO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Karen S. Simpson on October 6, 2009
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I discovered Paloma on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and have fallen head over heels for her ecclectic style, pixie chic looks, and amazing voice. I'd heard her song "New York" but didn't place the artist until I heard it again. I've now seen a number of her videos and on hearing the entire cd just can't seem to get enough. I love her style, it is so different and I could listen to Stone Cold Sober repeatedly. I hope she stays around for a long time as her look and talent is quite refreshing on the music scene today!
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Paloma Faith's self-conscious retro sound, with lush arrangements conjuring Swing Era visions, doesn't make her music any less contemporary. She cites influences including Billie Holliday and Etta James, but her music could hold any modern dance floor and not be out of place. It's a shame she hasn't broken through in the U.S., because her sound has broad, insistent appeal.

This complex, multi-layered album has multiple producers and musicians, though Faith co-wrote every song. That means the whole thing is unified by her vision, which seems to be resurrecting the high ideals of an earlier time. This is explicit in songs like "Romance is Dead" and "Play On," but you can feel that urgent message through the entire album.

Acts like the Squirrel Nut Zippers would use this album to record something which sounds like it was recorded before World War II. But Faith takes a harder road, bringing her retro ethos into the present. Her music is no mere anachronism or festival-circuit curiosity; she hits hard, speaks to listeners here and now, and uses her distinctive sound to carry a meaningful message.

Heavily played singles like "Stone Cold Sober" and "New York" give an accurate account of Faith's sound. This means that, if you've heard the singles, you won't be surprised or rocked out of your socks, but it also means this album isn't stuffed with filler like too many pop CDs. She starts strong, hits hard, and never lets up.

I can't stop listening to this artistically bold, sonically aggressive album. I can't find one track I dislike or would perform differently. She doesn't sound like other carbon-copy pop divas coming off the assembly line, and she isn't another dream factory refugee. Just one listen, and this album will imprint itself on you like nothing you've heard before.
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Not since first hearing Amy Winehouses "You Know I'm No Good" have I been completly enthralled by a new artist. And to anyone who knows about Paloma the comparison to Amy Winehouse isn't anything new. She was originally offered a background vocalist position for Winehouse. Yes, upon first listen she sounds like an Amy/Duffy rip off. But Once you actally take the time to listen to her lyrics and the beautiful arrangement of her tunes. You come to find that she is at best on the same par as the prior and vocally/lyrically superior to the former. Her album hawkins back to the sounds of the 50's/60's Jazz and R&B singers. It's evident that she has been heavily vocally infuenced by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald (Upside Down, Broken Doll, Romance Is Dead) and most noteable Etta James on the mesmerizing tittle track "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful"(Broken Doll, Smoke & Mirrors & New York). Making her fit into the current influx of londoner females such as Amy Winehouse, Duffy, The Noisettes vocalist Shingai Shoniwa, Adele & V.V Brown evkoing the sounds of past female cruners. But Paloma manages to pull the sound off the best in my opinion, by paying tribute but still finding a bit of her own vibe in the process.

1.Stone Cold Sober 7/10 - You feel an R&B influence on this uptempo tune with the horns and the late 60's Stax soul vibe. Paloma's vocals are full and fiesty here.She declares to a lover "I could be wilder than the wind/ 190 miles an hour/ I'm in a whole other dimension/ dancing doubles on the floor/ You think I'm crazy/ a little bit hazzy/ but I'm stone cold sober." A nice kiss off track and intro into this album.

2.Smoke & Mirrors 8/10 - This tune starts off with Paloma's vocals in full force over a single strike of a guitar.
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No seriously, what a talent...UK artist/actress Paloma Faith recently released what has GOT to be one of the most brilliant debut albums in music history...DYWTTOSB is completely flawless and in a league of one...yes, she comes from the same pool as other cool stylish Brit-soul girls like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Duffy, VV Brown, Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa (sorry for the spelling), and others, but Paloma stands out from the pack. How?? I'll tell ya how...she's more cinematic and uses her wild background into her unique way of telling little compelling stories in her songs...she draws you in her little world with her details, and the way her songs (she wrote/cowrote all 10) are arranged, they mirror the lyrics. Only somebody who was a magician's assistant, burlesque dancer and accomplished actress would be able to pull off songs like the beyond words "New York" like Paloma does. The closest I can say her record is is like Adele's great "Chasing Pavements" but brought to a whole new dimension and consistent over the course of her whole album and 37 minutes...I'm not saying I DON'T like Adele...I do...but I love "Chasing Pavements" and I love Paloma as an artist a lot more than Adele, that's all.

She NEEDS to come to the States...I need to see this girl live, to see if she can pull off those great songs on stage because her debut is a minor masterpiece...all killer, no filler, and the way the album is sequenced, you're taken on a colourful journey, as if you were just in a classic movie like "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" or "Absolute Beginners" with Paloma and she was your guide...it's a real adventure and classic children's storybook all wrapped up in one and once the jaw-on-the-floor finale "Play On" ends...
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