Fall To Grace
Released On: Dec 04, 2012
Released By: Epic Records
A captivating chanteuse, a rabble-rousing entertainer and theatrical fashion chameleon, Paloma Faith prepares the US release of her second album, Fall To Grace, which debuted on the top of the UK charts to critical acclaim.
On the record, Faith takes the reigns, moving away from the reference points that characterized her first record - Etta James, Billie Holiday - guiding her compositions into a new, contemporary realm. Collaborating with songwriters such as Ed Harcourt, Matt Hales (Lianne La Havas), Dan Wilson (Adele), Wayne Hector (Britney, Westlife), and even film score composer David Arnold (countless James Bond films,Independence Day,Narnia), 'Fall To Grace' is sonically varied, but completely cohesive. From the disco throb of 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' and the giddy dance-pulse that runs through "Agony" to "Freedom" (produced and co written by Al Shux), with its shuffled beats and soaring peaks, Faith's vocals offer bluesy power and reveal husky emotion.
Backed by spectacular strings and gospel singers, lead single "Picking Up The Pieces" finds Faith exploring the struggle of living with the shadow of a lover's ex, while "Black & Blue" is peppered with astute social observations. On the twinkling pop of "30 Minute Love Affair," she recounts a true experience, 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." But for Faith, "Just Be" is the album's crown jewel. "It's supposed to be a realistic love song for real lovers," she explains.
Of course where these songs, and Paloma Faith, truly come alive is onstage. It's before an audience that every aspect of her vision is fully realized. It's in the live delivery that Faith connects with her audience. "A lot of people write songs because they want to record them in a studio, they want put their feelings out there," she says. "I don't write songs for that reason: I write songs so I can perform them."
Check out Paloma Faith's latest video for "Just Be," as well as her performance on NBC's The Today Show yesterday. This Thursday Dec. 6th at 11:35 PM EST, Paloma will also perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.