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A Perfect Contradiction Deluxe Edition
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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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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.
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.
Like many others, I have been moved by Ms. Faith's amazing voice which seems capable of doing anything she chooses to do with it. This was amply demonstrated on her two previous albums and, if her second album wasn't as good as the first, this new collection is arguably better suited to her siren call. There is no doubt that Ms. Faith is well suited to expressing the woes of love gone sour or bad. (If only she had been around when I was a teenager!)
The more upbeat songs have a real 'clickity click' feel about them and there is often a feeling of sly wit simmering beneath the surface which can be irresistible. It's early days for this album but I feel 100% sure it will gnaw itself into my consciousness.
Put simply, this album will appeal to the legions of Paloma's fans and those who don't like it can kiss their own a**!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fab wonderful voice, I bought it for track 4 and then gradually I'm falling for the rest of the albumPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received the cd in good order but I was disappointed with the recording and sound quality that is why I gave 3 starPublished 3 months ago by Namdeo Gooriah
I was a little surprised by the packaging for this item which should almost be a collectors item.
The sleeve / box is quite delicate, flimsy and if knocked the black... Read more