ALBUM REVIEW: Paloma Faith “Fall To Grace”

Actress turned singer Paloma Faith’s debut album, the sweeping sensation “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?” proved itself a sleeper hit. While it may not have been meet with immediate commercial success, or even universal critical acclaim, the determined and unique performer took to the live circuit and won over a realm of fans for her statemented songs. Fast forward three years and the colourful creative has been truly embraced by the mainstream-not only has she appeared as a guest mentor on BBC Talent Show ‘The Voice’, but “Picking Up The Pieces”, the lead single from album number two, “Fall To Grace”, has been playlisted by every station going. While commercial success is more or less assured, how does “Fall To Grace” actually measure up?

If truth be told, it is no “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?”. As the title suggests, Faith has approached album number two as a quest for the demure and elegant. While Faith has hardly changed the ingredients for album number two, there was an air of an grandeur and distance created by album number than has become every so accessible on her sophomore effort. Though there are moments of sheer beauty-notably serene lead single “Picking Up The Pieces”, the winsome “Streets Of Glory” and the frank “30 Minute Love Affair”.

While “Fall To Pieces” may be far more instant and obvious in its radio-friendly approach, it is by no means a failure in its listenability. Those who had hoped for the distinct appeal of  “Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?” may be disappointed on first listen, but we insist you give “Fall To Grace” a second listen.

With the up-tempo “Blood, Sweat & Tears” providing the sole skip forward number on the 12 track album, “Grace” is far from a failure. Though we may have liked a little more bite from the feisty popstar, we are certain that there is more to “Fall To Grace” than meets the eye.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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