I had heard the song “Agony” on an episode of Mob Wives some time ago, and I was immediately addicted to the song from the moment the woman sang the first line of the song: “Use me take me home and use me.” Whose haunting and beautiful voice was hitting my eardrums, and why I had never heard of her before? I loved the range of her voice, and her low range was just as intriguing as her high range. My favorite part of the song is when she sings “This is agony,” by the way.
I immediately Googled some of the lyrics of the song, and found that the singer was Paloma Faith. So, I played the song a few times on YouTube, and after that I didn’t listen to any of her other songs. Do you want to know the reason? Well, it was simply because I thought the rest of her songs couldn’t match the level of awesomeness of “Agony.” You are about to find out just how wrong I was.
By the way, you might be wondering who Paloma is, right? Well, she’s a 32-year-old singer-singwriter and actress from the UK. In 2009 she released her first CD titled Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? I recently ordered her second CD titled Fall to Grace from Amazon, and I popped it in my computer for the first time last week. The first song that I heard on the CD was “Picking Up the Pieces,” and after I listened to it I thought “This song is just as good as ‘Agony.'” Everything was working from the addictive melody to the emotions in her voice to the lyrics. One of my favorite lines is “But you don’t see, that I’m the one by your side.”
Before you knew it I had listened to the rest of the album, and I’m not kidding when I tell you that there was not ONE bad song on the album. I must’ve heard the album over 20 times since I first got it, and I can’t get over how rich her voice is. I’m a tough critic when it comes to music, and I couldn’t find one flaw with this pop-soul album.
If you like Amy Winehouse or Adele, you are sure to love Paloma. If you love good music that’s not full of autotune, you are sure to love Paloma. If you love hearing songs that have great melodies and lyrics, you are sure to love Paloma. If you love songs that sound like they are from a different decade, you will love Paloma. I got a disco vibe from the song “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” and “Beauty of the End” has a sort of ’60s feel to it.
My personal favorites on the CD are “Picking Up the Pieces,” “30 Minute Love Affair,” “Just Be,” “Beauty of the End,” “Agony,” and “Streets of Glory.” I also got a kick out of her doing a beautiful rendition of “Never Tear us Apart” by INXS.
I give this CD 10 out of 10 stars! It stays with you long after you’ve listened to it, and her voice is off the charts! I’m so happy I discovered her, and I highly recommend that you check out all of her CDs that are out so far! She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with in the music world!
Here’s a video of her song “Agony:”