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A Perfect Contradiction Deluxe Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00HDN1LGO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Can't Rely on You
  2. Mouth to Mouth
  3. Take Me
  4. Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  5. Other Woman
  6. Taste My Own Tears
  7. Trouble with My Baby
  8. The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
  9. Impossible Heart
  10. Love Only Leaves You Lonely
  11. It's The Not Knowing
  12. Can't Rely on You [Live from the Kitchen]Pharrell Williams
  13. Trouble with My Baby [Live from the Living Room] Paloma Faith / Andrea Martin / Steve Robson
  14. Only Love Can Hurt Like This [Off the Cuff] Diane Warren
  15. It's the Not Knowing [Exposed Version] Paloma Faith / Stuart Matthewman

Product Description

Product Description

A Perfect Contradiction is the third studio album by Paloma Faith and includes the single "Can't Rely on You" (produced by man-of-the-moment Pharrell Williams, who wrote the song along with Faith.) along with the track "Love Only Leaves You Lonely".

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Once again Paloma explodes back onto the scene proving once and for all she is a vocal powerhouse. Paloma was most definitely born in the wrong generation. With Pharell produced tracks Paloma's beats are that bit more slicker. A perfect blend of heart ache and get on your feet and dance. She always manages to hit you where it hurts with her distinctive vocals...an album to be heard live for sure....Bravo Paloma.
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sorry Paloma this album is a real disappointment. over production makes it sound like every other female singer, and you're better than that. The refreshing melodies of the first two albums made you stand above the crowd, and let your talents shine through. this is a retrograde step backwards. I was really looking forward to this albums release but apart from the art work I just was left feeling underwhelmed. How times change, from this time last year at somerset house which was a truly excellent concert, to this unremarkable offering.
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Paloma is at her best, again. Really enjoyed her new album. She is very talented. I liked her from when I first saw her on Jools Holland.
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I was so excited when I got this album, Paloma has my attention in every song she sings, her words tell a story, I love this album, thank you Paloma Faith.
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This album is certainly more soulful than Paloma's first two efforts (I'll leave you to decide for yourselves whether that's a good thing or a bad one).

In my younger days I was a budding percussionist, so I am pleased at the amount of percussion used on this album - I can hear agogo bells on some tracks, amongst other instruments that don't often appear in modern music.

Moving on to the songs, I can honestly say I like every track on this CD with the exception of Take Me. An otherwise enjoyable song is ruined by that curse of the 1990s, a backing vocalist "whooping" every few seconds. If I could find a way to remove the whoops this would be a five-star album - instead, my finger will go straight to the fast-forward button every time this song starts. Another criticism is the use of electric drums on Impossible Heart, but they are not intrusive enough to spoil the song.

In addition to my earlier comment about a more soulful sound, there are times when I was reminded of Phil Spector's famous "Wall of Sound" (in a good way).

The deluxe CD ends with stripped-down versions of four songs (Can't Rely on You, Trouble With My Baby, Only Love Can Hurt Like This, and It's The Not Knowing). These work very well - in fact, I prefer the stripped down version of It's The Not Knowing to the version on the "main" album.
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The first time I heard Stone Cold Sober, I was blown away by the voice. On her third studio album, Paloma Faith is still playing to her strengths, but has got some major back up this time. When I heard the opening bars of Can't Rely On You, I could feel the Pharrell influence, even before I was aware he was the producer, and there is a touch of class about the whole album.

The tone of the album follows the often-doomed-love mood of previous albums, but that doesn't mean it's a downbeat album. It's full of disco beats, guitar riffs, gospel and soul, and it's terrific to listen to. I'm still not sure it's as good as her debut, but it's still a great album, and one I will listen to again and again.
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This CD is a bit of a disappointment. Long awaited as a Paloma fan, it doesnt compare at all to her last two cds at all. Perhaps it will be a grower.
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I have seen and heard Paloma Faith from her early days of dark cellar bars and first radio plays. I have loved the raw energy she portrayed, her fantastic voice, original music and her colourful stage presence. How could I not have been drawn in by a powerful single, wonderful (typical) romanticised artwork, and again, the radio and video coverage of live performances. However, I can honestly say, for me, the album is a total disappointment. Overproduction and electro beats are not what Paloma Faith needs, she already has the qualities mentioned by the bucket load. The opening track is powerful, but overpowered by the excessive booming beat. Followed quickly by 10 manufactured tracks, that I can't help feeling, do not do Paloma justice at all. BUT not all is lost, because the best is yet to come, found in the extra bonus tracks, a 'kitchen' version of 'Can't Rely On You', is superb, followed up with, 'Trouble With My Baby', Only Love Can Hurt Like This' and the final track gratefully received, 'Its Not The Knowing'. This is the album for me, the rest will never get played at home, no doubt they will be aired on radio and in the clubs. It will not stop me looking out for Paloma in the future, its would be hard to believe you can produce consistent top albums on a production line. Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? Truth is, the final 4 tracks would have made a great EP, the rest, personally, should have been left in the studio, I await future developments with interest. Paloma, you are better than this. it receives 2 stars, those are purely for the 'extras'.
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