Review: Paloma Faith's "Fall to Grace"

Tessa Roy ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff

Paloma Faith album "Fall to Grace's" cover art. Photo courtesy of rollingstone.com.
Paloma Faith album “Fall to Grace’s” cover art. Photo courtesy of rollingstone.com.
Sick of One Direction but love hearing from British artists? Look no further than the eccentric, flame-haired, and soulful Paloma Faith. Her newest album Fall to Grace offers a much-needed refresher after a year of “directioners” dominating the music scene.
Paloma isn’t exactly a newcomer. Her first album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? was released in 2009. Since then, she has been more popular in her native UK, but has begun to break more ground here in the US, performing on VH1’s Divas and The Late Show With David Letterman. So thankfully, more Americans have been able to hear her music. But those who haven’t yet are really missing out.
Fall to Grace has a definitive sound, yet is diverse enough to satisfy almost any listener. Its beautifully written lyrics shine all through the album from heartbroken, dramatic ballads like “Streets of Glory,” to raw piano tracks like “Just Be,” and to electronic-based songs like “30 Minute Love Affair.” Now these may all sound like love songs, but not to worry. Paloma hasn’t pulled a Taylor Swift and made love the sole subject of her album. She breaks from this theme, giving us an interesting philosophy lesson in “Black & Blue.”            
So please. Turn off Take Me Home and start listening to Fall to Grace as soon as possible. It’s time we had more Faith in our music. Pun intended…

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