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Review: A Perfect Contradiction

There's not many albums I actively seek to buy these days, I don't ever feel like anything really excites me in the way of new musical talent. But when I saw Paloma Faith perform on Graham Norton a few weeks back (without doubt the funniest Graham Norton, I've ever seen), I was compelled to buy this album.



On the show she described the feel of the album as upbeat, and 'if it all goes to shit, we may as well have a dance'. Too true.

Needless to say, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album the past week, it's had me tapping my feet and bopping along whilst walking through tube stations, singing around the house, and well pretty much all the time. Granted, it's not the most ground breaking album to have been released this side of the millennium but who cares? It's catchy.

So the album starts with the first single off the album, 'Can't Rely On You', co-written with Mr Pharrell Williams himself. Yes the song resembles 'Blurred Lines' mainly due to the drum beat and it's funky nature, but it's still a great, standalone song in its own right.

Moving swiftly on, we find ourselves reminiscing the 1970s with the subsequent tracks; 'Mouth to Mouth' and 'Take Me', my personal favourite on the album. There's a curious mix of disco style lyrics, jumbled with more modern, story telling type poetry that is a constant theme throughout the album, it's slightly confusing in places, and makes me feel like my disco loving ears don't know what to believe.

And this is where the album starts to slow, with 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This', and I don't really feel it reaches the same high again as the first three tracks.

It's almost like the album shifts from disco, back a decade to Motown influences with the songs with 'Taste My Own Tears', which I absolutely love and 'The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)'. Now, I can't compare to any of Paloma Faith's previous albums because I have never listened to either of them but the impression I get is that she has stepped over a boundary on this album, in a good way. She has made musical progression, and obviously stayed true to inspirational music because her voice really suits this genre.

My only qualm with this album is that if you were to put on any Motown compilation, and then 'A Perfect Contradiction' straight after, you'd notice a lot of similarities. Some tracks are a little too close for comfort for me, I'm not going to mention which of the tracks remind me of which Motown songs, I'm sure you can come to your own conclusions, but there we have it. Such is the circle of life, and music.

Overall I'd give this album a generous 7/10 because it's had me dancing and singing and in a general good mood. The music is great, and Paloma's voice is top notch. A bit more originality would have scored higher but I still think this album is worth a listen for anyone looking to brighten up their day.