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Mainstream|Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction (Review)

Faith delivers to fans a decent helping of original material with her sensational vocals marrying catchy and rhythmic tunes in the genre of pop/retro-soul, yet ultimately falling short on concept and adventure.

Can’t rely on you is the climaxing opening to the album, encouraging listeners to toe-tap and marvel in the rhythms and passions of the song.

Faith brings influences from the poppy style of Whitney Houston and the soulfulness of Sam Cooke to the fore particularly in Taste my own tears, with the lyrics “it’s been a long time comin” echoing Cooke’s classic A Change is gonna come.

Overall the album lacks wow factor, and although there is a decent collection of songs, the collective does not live up to two tracks which for me stand out and that is the opening song and The bigger you love (the harder you fall) a beautiful track which allows Faith to fully express herself with roots in gospel and blues, it is a simple song but one which pulls on the heartstrings, a terrific performance.

Ultimately the album is a masterpiece for Faith as a performer and vocal giant. But it falls short in terms of the concept offering little lyrical substance than in love and indulgence with little variation across the album.

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