Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

by Paloma FaithPaloma Faith


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Paloma Faith's debut album comes in the wake of a slew of contemporaries who have received critical acclaim; her 2009 release puts her at least a year behind the likes of Duffy, Adele, Gabriella Cilmi, and the one who started it all, Amy Winehouse. Therefore, it's no surprise that Faith's debut, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, is heavily affected by many of these aforementioned songbirds. Faith's debut is swimming in that bruising, soulful melodrama that Winehouse glamorized back in 2007. Highlights such as the album's title track can remind a listener of Back to Black's finest moments. At the same time, Faith's debut honors the crisp, icy sounds that Duffy and Cilmi brought to the table to critical acclaim. Therefore, what remains to be seen is how she stands out from her Brit counterparts. What Faith offers more than anyone else is the theatrical quality that music craves. Her background as a burlesque dancer helps her deliver these penetrable lyrics in a truly remarkable way; in fact, it's her delivery that makes these tunes so haunting. Lyrics from "Romance Is Dead" and "Smoke and Mirrors" suggest that Faith has the raw, creative potential with a pen that transforms good singers into artists. The album drives into twisted themes, like a killer Anne Sexton poem that seems to defy social norms through fairy tales (see "New York"). However, where this album falls short is in the production quality. While albums such as 19 by Adele offer a flourishing set of raw tunes, Faith's tracks seem too glossy and processed, as if an executive has tried too hard to make many of these tracks way too commercial. And while this is a plus on the album's lead single, "Stone Cold Sober" (which is as much Duffy as it is Katy Perry), many of the tracks lose that dramatic intrigue that makes them so cool. The overall mood of the album feels a bit broken and battered, but comes off too polished to let that feeling drive home. On her next release, Faith should consider letting the artistry pave the way instead of the commercial drive; however, as a new artist already following so many in the same vein, sometimes we have to sell out just a touch to be heard and appreciated for what we can offer later on.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0886975435524
catalogNumber: 754355
Rank: 81436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paloma Faith   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dee Dee Wilde   Background Vocals
Donna Allen   Background Vocals
Pete Davis   Bass
Greg Kurstin   Guitar,Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Andy Newmark   Drums
Steve Robson   Keyboards
Jeremy Stacey   Percussion,Drums
Ali Friend   Bass
Simon Hale   Conductor
Brian Jones   Background Vocals
George Noriega   Keyboards
Lawrence Johnson   Background Vocals
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Patricia Scott   Background Vocals
Joy Malcolm   Background Vocals
Blair Mackichan   Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Jim Hunt   Horn
Patrick Byrne   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Carol Riley   Background Vocals
Fiona Brice   Violin
Ben Castle   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Nichol Thompson   Horn
Samuel Dixon   Piano,Celeste,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Toy Piano
Dominic Glover   Trumpet,Horn
Ed Harcourt   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Wurlitzer
Hadrian Garrard   Trumpet
Leo Abrahams   Guitar
Marcus Johnson   Background Vocals
Jesse Murphy   Violin
Rob Wells   Piano,Keyboards
Andy Love   Keyboards
Emily McEwan   Background Vocals
Joe Walters   Horn
Laura Anstee   Cello
Jodi Marr   Background Vocals
Karl Brazil   Drums
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Ryan Granville-Martin   Drums
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Sato Kotono   Viola
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Rosie Langley   Violin,Background Vocals,String Quartet
Sarah Tuke   Violin
Ian Pitter   Background Vocals
Amy Langley   String Quartet
Palliser   Viola
Llinos Richards   Cello
Seye Adelekan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Robin Bailey Reid   Background Vocals
Marcus Johnson   Background Vocals
Edith Langley   Background Vocals
Subrina McCalla   Background Vocals
Ruthie Phoenix   Saxophone
Laura Stanford   Violin
Matthew Waer   Upright Bass
Harriet Wiltshire   Cello
Venessa Yeboah   Background Vocals
Samuel Dixon   Piano,Celeste,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Toy Piano
Sky Murphy   Trombone
Gita Harcourt   Violin,Background Vocals
Dom Glover   Horn
Ryan Martin   Drums
Amy Stanford   Viola
Kotono Sato   Viola

Technical Credits

Pete Davis   drum programming
Steve Fitzmaurice   Arranger
Greg Kurstin   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Robson   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Jay Reynolds   Producer
Niall Acott   Engineer
George Noriega   Programming,Producer,Brass Arrangment
Lawrence Johnson   Vocal Arrangements
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Blair Mackichan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Perry Mason   Orchestra Leader
Patrick Byrne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Richard Flack   Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer
Samuel Dixon   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dominic Glover   Horn Arrangements
Ed Harcourt   Composer,Producer
Rob Wells   Programming,Producer,Brass Arrangment
Andy Love   Programming,Producer
Per Ekdahl   String Arrangements
Ian Barter   Composer,Producer
Jodi Marr   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment
David Paul Campbell   Brass Arrangment
Paloma Faith   Composer
Jamie Reddington   Producer
Gandalf Roudette Muschamp   Engineer
Jossip Serrano   Engineer
Jon Bailey   Engineer
Samuel Dixon   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carlos Alvarez   Engineer

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