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Paloma is back with a bang!,
This review is from: A Perfect Contradiction (Audio CD)
Paloma Faith has previously released two past albums that were, in my opinion, nothing short of pop perfection. However, upon hearing Can't Rely On You I wasn't quite sure what to expect - I'm not a fan of Pharell Williams which probably explains it. But the track is a grower and that is what can be said for most of the record.
Faith has said in a few interviews that she wanted to make a dance record with all killer and no filler. From the first three tracks this is very apparent. Can't Rely On You, Mouth To Mouth and Take Me are a trio of very danceable tracks that hark back to the glory days of Motown which is very much suited to Paloma's "Cabaret-esque" voice. Although Pharell only appears on the opening track, it is clear where his influence has been left within the rest of the songs.
Only Love Can Hurt Like This isn't quite up to her usual standards however, in fact it is considerably worse than I expect from her. The song just seems to drag on and the harmonies are few and far between - even when they are there they are heavily auto tuned.
After that A Perfect Contradiction romps through sad songs to happy tunes and all of them are totally single worthy (though it is indicating the mediocre Only Love Can Hurt Like This is up to be the next single). Any fans of Paloma or of Motown will probably find a lot in this record. Although it may not be Do you Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful in terms of elegance, this is definitely a worthy entry into Faith's catalogue.
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Initial post: 15 May 2014 02:48:10 BDT
Christopher Phillips says:
Hi MusicMaker, I love that people are different and a great example of this is that I heard "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" in the car on my way home from work and I've just bought the album on the strength of that song alone - looking at the reviews, I'm looking forward to receiving it :)
In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2014 11:24:38 BDT
Hi Christopher. Its fair to say that, since I posted this review Only Love Can Hurt Like This has grown on me immensely. However it is still by far the worst song on the album - mainly because there is such a high standard set by the rest of them!
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