Single of the Week: Paloma Faith “30 Minute Love Affair”

Paloma Faith is firm favourite of The Kaje and we will not deny loving the fact that album number 2, “Fall To Grace”, has once again wowed the British public. With Grace’s profile rapidly on the rise, we thought we would once again celebrate our lovely Londoner by awarding our second Single of the Week of 2012 to her lush single “30 Minute Love Affair”.

NEWS: Paloma Faith Unveils New Video And Tour Dates

Paloma Faith has announced a series of UK tour dates for 2013, and a new single ’30 Minute Love Affair’ to be released on August 12. The song is taken from Paloma’s incredible second album ‘Fall To Grace’ which reached number 2 in the UK albums chart when it was released in May. The album was just beaten to the number 1 spot by Gary Barlow’s Diamond Jubilee record.

“30 Minute Love Affair” is a sparkling, synth-pop love song in which Paloma recounts the true experience of a fleeting meeting with a busker in London’s Leicester Square when she was just fourteen: “I asked him if he’d be there the next day and he said he would. When I went back he was gone, and I’ve never forgotten it.”

The 2013 dates will be the first full tour of ‘Fall To Grace’, however Paloma is appearing at a series of live events over the summer, including two headline dates at London’s Somerset House on 17th and 18th July.

Tickets for the 2013 tour are on sale now.

23-Jan-13 Manchester O2 Apollo
24-Jan-13 Manchester 02 Apollo
25-Jan-13 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
27-Jan-13 Leeds O2 Academy
28-Jan-13 Glasgow O2 Academy
29-Jan-13 Edinburgh Usher Hall
31-Jan-13 Newcastle O2 Academy
1-Feb-13 York Barbican
2-Feb-13 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
4-Feb-13 Brighton Dome
5-Feb-13 Portsmouth Guildhall
7-Feb-13 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
9-Feb-13 Cardiff Arena
11-Feb-13 Sheffield Academy
12-Feb-13 Leicester De Montfort Hall
13-Feb-13 Blackpool Opera House
15-Feb-13 Plymouth Pavillions
16-Feb-13 Reading Hexagon
17-Feb-13 Cambridge Corn Exchange

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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