Perfect Contradiction

A Perfect Contradiction

by Paloma Faith
     
 

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British vocalist Paloma Faith's third studio album, 2014's A Perfect Contradiction, is a slick, funky production featuring several big-name songwriters, from Pharrell Williams to Raphael Saadiq. In the post-Amy Winehouse world of soulful, '60s-centric, dance-oriented divas, Faith has always leaned toward the artier end of the

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British vocalist Paloma Faith's third studio album, 2014's A Perfect Contradiction, is a slick, funky production featuring several big-name songwriters, from Pharrell Williams to Raphael Saadiq. In the post-Amy Winehouse world of soulful, '60s-centric, dance-oriented divas, Faith has always leaned toward the artier end of the spectrum, setting her cherubic yet impossibly robust vocals against her Frida Kahlo-meets-Dusty Springfield persona. Which isn't to say that Faith's music is an acquired taste. On the contrary, her previous efforts (2009's Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? and 2012's Fall to Grace) found the London-born singer balancing an inclination toward arch theatricality with her gift for belting out R&B hooks. On the heels of Adele's success, and in sea of up-and-coming Springfield devotees, Faith smartly moves away, if ever so slightly, from the neo-vintage, Mark Ronson-esque production of her past albums and toward a more high-sheen, disco, and '70's soul-influenced sound. Cuts like the Pharrell-produced "I Can't Rely on You," and the Saadiq-helmed "Mouth to Mouth," are infectious, booty-shaking numbers that wouldn't sound out of place booming out over the speakers at Studio 54. Similarly, the cowbell-heavy "Take Me" is a jubilant, Southern soul-influenced anthem that veritably drills itself into your head as soon as the descending piano riff starts. That said, Faith has built her career upon '50s- and '60s- influenced sounds and aesthetics, and A Perfect Contradiction certainly has its share of neo-retro reappropriation in the Diane Warren-penned "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" and the Stuart Matthewman co-write "Taste My Own Tears," which does sound a bit like Matthewman's longtime boss Sade, if she had recorded at Motown in the mid-'60s. Ultimately, it's Faith's irrepressible enthusiasm and unbridled vocal ability that shine the most on A Perfect Contradiction, and having musicians like Pharrell and Saadiq around just works to sweeten the deal.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2014
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0888430061125
catalogNumber:
300611
Rank:
33917

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paloma Faith   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Joi   Background Vocals
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Aisha McCray   Background Vocals
Geoff Gascoyne   Bass
Cochemea Gastelum   Baritone Saxophone
Pharrell Williams   Background Vocals
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Gabriel Roth   Horn Engineer
Eric Appapoulaye   Bass,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Trevor Mires   Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Hudson   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Dap-Kings Horns   Horn
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Rob Barron   Piano
Seye Adelekan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Rees-Roberts   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rory More   Hammond B3
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Taura Stinson   Background Vocals
Joy Joseph   Percussion
Ben Drew   Background Vocals
James Gardiner-Bateman   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Bryan "Bdub" White   Bass
Steve Payne   Guitar
Roberto Angrisani   Background Vocals
Naomi Miller   Background Vocals
Obenewa Aboah   Background Vocals
Tom Wright-Goss   Bass,Guitar
Kieron McIntosh   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Baby N Sola   Background Vocals
Janelle Martin   Background Vocals
Aisha Shreena   Background Vocals
Dylan   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Chris Braide   Vocal Producer
Andrea Martin   Composer
Stuart Matthewman   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Steve Robson   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Pharrell Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gerry Brown   Engineer
A.C. Burrell   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
John Stephens   Composer
Hart Gunther   Arranger,Engineer
Eric Appapoulaye   Composer,Additional Production
Hudson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sam Miller   Engineer
Justin Merrill   Engineer
Paloma Faith   Composer
Tom Hough   Engineer
Gerald Marcellino   Composer
Gharah Degeddingseze   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Mario Luccy   Engineer
Plan B   Producer
Dave Okumu   Producer,Instrumentation
Taura Stinson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Ben Drew   Composer
Melvin Larson   Composer
James Gardiner-Bateman   Horn Arrangements
Kyle Townsend   Vocal Producer
Alalal   Engineer
Christopher Braide   Composer,Producer
Kieron McIntosh   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Komi Hakam   drum programming
Jerry "JL" Lang   drum programming
Dylan   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation

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