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Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? CD
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Album: Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? CD
# Song Title   Time
1)    Stone Cold Sober More Info... 0:03
2)    Smoke & Mirrors More Info... 0:03
3)    Broken Doll More Info... 0:04
4)    Do You Want the Truth Or Something Beautiful? More Info... 0:04
5)    Upside Down More Info... 0:03
6)    Romance Is Dead More Info... 0:03
7)    New York More Info... 0:03
8)    Stargazer More Info... 0:03
9)    My Legs Are Weak More Info... 0:04
10)    Play On More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? CD
# Song Title   Time
1)    Stone Cold Sober More Info... 0:03
2)    Smoke & Mirrors More Info... 0:03
3)    Broken Doll More Info... 0:04
4)    Do You Want the Truth Or Something Beautiful? More Info... 0:04
5)    Upside Down More Info... 0:03
6)    Romance Is Dead More Info... 0:03
7)    New York More Info... 0:03
8)    Stargazer More Info... 0:03
9)    My Legs Are Weak More Info... 0:04
10)    Play On More Info... 0:04
 
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  • Personnel: Paloma Faith (hand claps, background vocals); Ed Harcourt (guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, percussion); Patrick Byrne (guitar, keyboards, hand claps, percussion, programming); Blair Mackichan (guitar, keyboards, hand claps); Greg Kurstin (guitar, keyboards, programming); Seye Adelekan (guitar, background vocals); Luke Potashnick, Leo Abrahams (guitar); Samuel Dixon (electric guitar, piano, toy piano, celesta, vibraphone, bass guitar, programming); Rosie Langley (violin, background vocals); Laura Stanford, Fiona Brice, Sarah Tuke, Jesse Murphy (violin); Sato Kotono, Una Palliser (viola); Llinos Richards, Harriet Wiltshire, Laura Anstee (cello); London Session Orchestra, Oliver Kraus (strings); Ben Castle (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ruthie Phoenix (saxophone); Dominic Glover (trumpet, horns); Hadrian Garrard (trumpet); Trevor Mires (trombone); Joe Walters , Jim Hunt, Nichol Thompson (horns); Rob Wells (piano, keyboards, programming); Andy Love, George Noriega, Steve Robson (keyboards, programming); Matthew Waer (upright bass); Jeremy Stacey (drums, percussion); Ryan Granville-Martin, Andy Newmark, Karl Brazil (drums); Pete Davis (drum programming); Jodi Marr, Robin Bailey Reid, Donna Allen, Venessa Yeboah, Brian Jones, Emily McEwan, Subrina McCalla, Marcus Johnson , Ian Pitter, Edith Langley, Dee Dee Wilde, Patricia Scott, Carol Riley, Joy Malcolm, Lawrence Johnson (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Steve Fitzmaurice.
  • Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (2008); Echo Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Hug Studio (2008); Ian Barter's Studio, Whitchurch, England (2008); Lighthouse Studios, Stockholm, Sweden (2008); Shelter Studio, London, England (2008); Stureparken Studio (2008).
  • Photographer: Finlay MacKay.
  • Arranger: Steve Fitzmaurice.
  • 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. ~ Matthew Chisling
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