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If Paloma’s music be the food of love, fans show no signs of sickening

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The album I am most looking forward to this year has got to be Paloma Faith‘s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’.

As well as being consistently amazed at Faith’s vocal capabilities, I also love her theatrical presence, ability to laugh at herself and assured femininity. She exudes confidence in her performances, yet is able to deliver fragile lyrics and heartfelt metaphors without even a hint of irony. I relate to Faith in a number of ways, particularly in the quote below, where she speaks to Stylist magazine about the films which influenced her second album, ‘Fall to Grace’ (May, 2012)

I’m a fantasist and I like to make my life like a dream, all the people around me do the same. There is something about making dreams possible that really attracts me. Tim Burton transports me to a place where I feel everything is possible.

Faith is discussing her love of Edward Scissorhands (1990), which is also one of my favourite films, and says that, “if you take away the literal nature of the work, there is something naïve and beautiful about him and I can see why she [Kim] would fall in love with a man-made person with scissors for hands”. I know for a fact that I too would have fell for Edward and been blissfully untroubled by the potential health and safety risks – I think that someone allowing you to see a glimpse of their naive or vulnerable side is what love is all about and it doesn’t happen all that often. And who doesn’t love a man that can make it snow, cut your hair and save you a lifetime’s cost of Timpson’s key cutting services! It won’t always be easy – you may end up feeling as sliced and diced as one of Edward’s ice sculptures – but the notion that love can overpower you, make you do and say things you never thought possible, make your dreams a reality and the awareness and deep-set fear on your part that you have to succumb to those feelings because one day they might just float away – or evade police capture by living an exiled existence in the eerie mansion at the top of the hill…surely these are the feelings which make life anything other than a series of learned routines? I totally should have progressed that Critical Film Studies elective...

Faith has been teasing fans with snippets of new tracks off the album and posted a link on her official Facebook page this week, to a stunning acoustic performance of, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.

The 15-track deluxe album is released on March 10th, 2014 in the UK and is set to continue Faith’s unblemished record of chart-topping hits and exciting collaborations. On this, her third studio album, Faith collaborates with Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Plan B. ‘Can’t Rely on You’, which she co-wrote with Williams, will act as lead single and will be available for purchase from February 23rd, 2014. The track is classic funk-soul and certainly meets Faith’s objective to write a more upbeat album by going back to her artistic roots. /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

February 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

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