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PALOMA FAITH - 2009 - 2012 (2 ALBUMS)
"DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL?"
STONE COLD SOBER - Great debut single from Paloma, has a slight Country twang but is deep in Blues Soul, a bit of everything with some awesome vocals. Gave us a teaser for what was to come from the fearless singer.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS - A kind of 60s Pop feel to this track, a more laid back vocal this time.
BROKEN DOLL - A darkly soft ballad with a distinct Musical feel, Paloma again taking on different styles that has since become her trademark. A little Eartha Kitt or innocent quality of Marilyn Monroe.
DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL? - Pure Soul Pop on this title track. A beautifully (no pun intended) sung and almost 60s era style.
UPSIDE DOWN - A great Jazz/Soul hybrid, its fun, its slinky and delivered in the unmistakeable quirky Paloma Faith style. Love this, its cool. You can see the dancers sancing behind her in a vintage smoky bar.
ROMANCE IS DEAD - An emotional, lovely laid back Pop song, very sweet.
NEW YORK - Brilliant Pop Soul with a really nice, powerful Gospel chorus by the Souls of Prophecy Gospel Choir from London.
STARGAZER - Paloma plays the chanteuse/diva singing a big emotional ballad. Chorus somehow reminds me of The Kids From Fame "Starmaker" a little. Nice song.
MY LEGS ARE WEAK - This is a slow meandering song, not a favourite of mine and probably the least effective track on this amazing debut. It just doesn't give me anything. Its slow pace and big orchestral help doesn't make it memorable sadly.
PLAY ON - The final sog on a terrific debut album, the slightly more impetus and harmonies lift this to a bigger status than the previous song. Not a top track but its a nice end to the album, it works but only just!
"FALL TO GRACE"
PICKING UP THE PIECES
- Paloma's second album opens with this brilliant Pop Soul track. A
powerful vocal fronting a minimal backing track and choral backing
vocals. Big chorus and superbly emotionally charged lead sung by this
talented lady. The first single from the album reached number 7 in the
30 MINUTE LOVE AFFAIR
- This is a typical catchy 80s Pop styled track that is a nice, laid
back song with an easy going beat. The second single from the album
only scraped to number 50 in the UK chart with suprised me as it is very
BLACK & BLUE
- A big R 'n B/Soul ballad echoing the great Motown female vocalists.
Powerful, passionate and emotional. A single released as digital single
only this would have easily reached the real UK charts high spots.
- Another criminally ignored single only reaching number 66 in the UK
chart. A piano led almost Motown song with a little jazzy feel and some
perfect vocals from Paloma.
LET ME DOWN EASY
- Another powerful Soul vocal over a typical laid back Motown Blues
backing. A cover version of the 1965 song by Betty LaVette.
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
- A pumping beat and an electro feel with Paloma singing almost her own
tune over the top. Disappointing, this is the music that this album is
suposed to avoid. Filler for me.
BEAUTY OF THE END
- A ballad of sorts, an emotioanl vocal over the music that is put back
into the mix. Has a kind of unusual Folk vibe, great song, back to her
best on this one.
WHEN YOU'RE GONE - Another anthemic Soul track, the Paloma way, big vocals, glorious emotion charged backing. Nice.
AGONY - This reminds me a little of Gwen Stefani, a minimalist slow ballad but a lovely track.
LET YOUR LOVE WALK IN
- Again Paloma's excellent vocal carries this track, it could fall into
mediocrity but her voice keeps you interested. Not her best but an
- This is a great song despite the strange Trip Hop styled backing. It
is unusal but works due to the great chorus and the vocal.
STREETS OF GLORY
- A passionate Orchestral sounding track, that tries to lift at times
but just fails. I guess this was supposed to be the last track filler
before "Never Tear Us Apart" was added to later versions.
NEVER TEAR US APART
- Released as a single after the song got massive airplay during a John
Lewis advertising campaign. A great, moody, Pop Rock with a jazzy
chanteuse vocal. Brilliant cover of the INXS classic. The track only
reached number 16 on the UK chart.
"MADONNA" 1983 LUCKY STAR - The opening track is a Disco Pop song, which became her trademark for this debut album before moving into more Pop areas in her next few albums. Its mid tempo beats and twangy guitars and elctro synths made this an accessible staple to radio airplay connecting to a variety of listeners. Classic Madonna. BORDERLINE - A change of direction after the first upbeat song, this is a kind of Pop ballad set to a Disco track. Some lovely harmonies and became her first top ten hit in the USA. A Reggie Lucas written composition and it gave Madonna chance to explore her vocals and conveying emotion in her songs. One of my favourites. BURNING UP - One of my top songs by Madonna. Similar to the later "Gambler". It is a fast paced Disco beat laden track with a rockier twist with random guitar riffs. A real gem. I KNOW IT - This track is keyboard led and has a nice 60s Pop/Rock N' Roll vibe akin to the later "True Blue". A
"SOUR" 2021 BRUTAL - Olivia Rodrigo's debut album opens with a scorching 90s Brit Pop Punk track, reminding me of Elastica and Sleeper in its female angst ridden vocals. It also has me thinking of Wendy James and Transvision Vamp in its brash style. The former Disney star shows she has left that way behind with great Indie Pop Rock album with a few expletives thrown in for good Punk measure! TRAITOR - A slowed down tempo for this track, a beautiful, soft and melancholy Indie Rock track similar to Avril Lavigne in style with maybe a little nod to Kate Bush or Tori Amos in the atmospheric vocals? Love this track. Reached number 5 in the UK chart. DRIVER'S LICENSE - Perrfect Pop break-up ballad, Taylor Swift, Sophie B.Hawkins and Michelle Branch spring to mind on listening to this. Beautiful heartfelt vocals over a sparse, orchestrated style moody backing. Really nice and accomplished composition from 18 yr old Olivia and her debut single. This first outing a
"FRIEND OR FOE" 1982 FRIEND OR FOE - Adam's first solo album kicks off with this title track carrying on with a more polished sound than "Prince Charming". More mature with the orchestration sounds and brass but still with the big percussion. This track reached number 9 in the singles chart as the second single. Its jaunty uptempo beat combined with the usual vocal improvisations of wah wah's and the like merged to make a catchy tune. SOMETHING GIRLS - One of my favourite Ant tracks, its innuendo laden, mid tempo and full of whoops and whistles and yet a kind of ballad. It has a really dirty but sexy sounding backing. Adam sings his best crooner style. The catchy sing along chorus makes this a hit for me. PLACE IN THE COUNTRY - Big, brash and Jazz/Pop fusion, always loved this track. You can't help but sing along, its fast paced and you need to take a quick breath! Love it, really good song. DESPERATE BUT NOT SERIOUS - Another ballad, Ant