WIN - Paloma Faith: Fall to Grace & Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
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Stepping out as a solo artist back in 2009, it was immediately and abundantly clear that Paloma Faith was the complete (and petite) package. A captivating chanteuse, a rabble-rousing entertainer and theatrical fashion chameleon, Faith's debut album, "Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?" remains a glossy collection of retro-referencing soul and sassy pop.
From the brass-blasted stomp of 'Stone Cold Sober', to the epic sweep of her biggest chart hit 'New York', the record went on to sell over half a million copies, earning Faith a nomination for Best British Female at the Brit Awards and the honour of closing the 2011 ceremony singing with Cee-Lo Green.
Now as Faith flips the page and writes the next chapter of her story, this Hackney-born girl is keen to express a new level of intimacy with her music. On her new, second album 'Fall To Grace', she's made the decision to strip herself emotionally bare.
Recorded in 2011 with the help of producers Nellee Hooper (Madonna, Massive Attack, Bjork) and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran), Faith arrived at a crossroads, not in the studio, but during time spent with none other than Prince, who handpicked Faith to perform at NPG Music and Arts Festival in Copenhagen last summer.
On record Faith takes the reigns, moving away from the reference points that characterised 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.
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 realised. It's in the live delivery that Faith connects with her audience.
Fall To Grace is released in Ireland on May 25th.
We have copies of Paloma Faith's brand new album Fall to Grace PLUS a copy of her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? to give away. Simply answer the question correctly to be entered into the draw. Competition closes Monday 28th May.