Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886975435524
  • Catalog Number: 754355
  • Sales rank: 12,615

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paloma Faith Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Dee Dee Wilde Background Vocals
Donna Allen Background Vocals
Pete Davis Bass
Greg Kurstin Guitar, Keyboards
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Andy Newmark Drums
Steve Robson Keyboards
Jeremy Stacey Percussion, Drums
Ali Friend Bass
Simon Hale Conductor
Brian Jones Background Vocals
George Noriega Keyboards
Lawrence Johnson Background Vocals
Oliver Kraus Strings
Patricia Scott Background Vocals
Joy Malcolm Background Vocals
Blair Mackichan Guitar, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Jim Hunt Horn
Patrick Byrne Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Carol Riley Background Vocals
Fiona Brice Violin
Ben Castle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Nichol Thompson Horn
Samuel Dixon Piano, Celeste, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vibes, Toy Piano
Dominic Glover Trumpet, Horn
Ed Harcourt Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Wurlitzer
Hadrian Garrard Trumpet
Leo Abrahams Guitar
Marcus Johnson Background Vocals
Jesse Murphy Violin
Rob Wells Piano, Keyboards
Andy Love Keyboards
Emily McEwan Background Vocals
Joe Walters Horn
Laura Anstee Cello
Jodi Marr Background Vocals
Karl Brazil Drums
Trevor Mires Trombone
Ryan Granville-Martin Drums
Stockholm Session Strings Strings
Sato Kotono Viola
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Rosie Langley Violin, Background Vocals, String Quartet
Sarah Tuke Violin
Ian Pitter Background Vocals
Amy Langley String Quartet
Una Palliser Viola
Llinos Richards Cello
Seye Adelekan Guitar, Background Vocals
Robin Bailey Reid Background Vocals
Marcus Johnson Background Vocals
Edith Langley Background Vocals
Subrina McCalla Background Vocals
Ruthie Phoenix Saxophone
Laura Stanford Violin
Matthew Waer Upright Bass
Harriet Wiltshire Cello
Venessa Yeboah Background Vocals
Samuel Dixon Piano, Celeste, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vibes, Toy Piano
Sky Murphy Trombone
Gita Harcourt Violin, Background Vocals
Dom Glover Horn
Ryan Martin Drums
Amy Stanford Viola
Technical Credits
Pete Davis drum programming
Steve Fitzmaurice Arranger
Greg Kurstin Programming, Producer, Engineer
Steve Robson Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Jay Reynolds Producer
Niall Acott Engineer
George Noriega Programming, Producer, Brass Arrangment
Lawrence Johnson Vocal Arrangements
Oliver Kraus String Arrangements
Blair Mackichan Composer, Producer, Engineer
Perry Mason Orchestra Leader
Patrick Byrne Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Richard Flack Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson Composer
Samuel Dixon Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dominic Glover Horn Arrangements
Ed Harcourt Composer, Producer
Rob Wells Programming, Producer, Brass Arrangment
Andy Love Programming, Producer
Per Ekdahl String Arrangements
Ian Barter Composer, Producer
Jodi Marr Composer, Producer, Brass Arrangment
David Paul Campbell Brass Arrangment
Paloma Faith Composer
Jamie Reddington Producer
Gandalf Roudette Muschamp Engineer
Jossip Serrano Engineer
Jon Bailey Engineer
Samuel Dixon Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Carlos Alvarez Engineer
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