5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An album full of growers,
This review is from: Fall To Grace (Audio CD)I've just listened to the album for the second time - as soon as it finished first time round, it was straight back to listen to the start to listen to her voice.
And what a voice - so powerful and full of emotion and expression!
But what of the album? Well, if I were to give an initial rating, I would give it 3 stars, 4 at a push. This is exactly how I would have rated her first album had I written a review for it then. However, I also know that Paloma's music has a "growing" effect on me. First time I heard Picking Up the Pieces on the radio, I thought "meh". Today, I love it. So instead of rating it on what I think of it now, I'm rating it with how I'm certain I will feel about the music by the end of the week.
As with her first album, this is full of angst and sorrow, but sung so sweetly. For example, the song Just Be washes over you like fresh linen as you are hushed to sleep.
I think my only gripe I have with this album is the song Black and Blue. It's not Paloma's fault though; she is singing about all manner of serious issues that people are facing - eviction, gambling addiction, and other matters. The problem is that having heard Ralph McTell's powerful song Streets of London, everything other song of its type pales in comparison. I can't think of anyone else who could compose a song like that and do it justice, although The Specials and their Ghost Town does come close.
But that gripe aside, the long overdue second album of Paloma was well worth the wait, and hopefully it will give her the success she so rightfully deserves.