BATD ON Oct 14, 2009 AT 3:54 pm
Paloma Faith (born Paloma Faith Blomfield in Hackney, East London) is breaking it big here at the end of 2009. Since this half-British, half-Spanish singer released her debut album on 28th September, she has been enjoying talk show spots, limited shows throughout England, and the glory of her brief appearance in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Faith has—in her young career—already tried her hand at many types of performance. She started her life in the spotlight by singing at cabaret and burlesque clubs. Her stint working as a magician’s assistant may have provided the inspiration for her current style, which is reflected on her website and album artwork. We’ll bet it also helps that she is a die-hard Tim Burton fan: her fanciful wardrobe, hair, and make-up look like Lewis Carroll’s Alice fallen into a racy circus. Her edge, however, is still somehow sweet and lovable.
On her debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, her rich, soulful voice pulls us right into the upbeat tracks. Each is a beautiful blend of jazz and pop, making the tunes both intensely emotional and catchy as anything. The first single, “Stone Cold Sober,” hit number 17 in the UK singles charts, striking early success with all demographics. “New York,” the second single, reminds us of both Amy Winehouse and the lilting Duffy—but only the best elements of each, naturally.
Unlike some of her wilder peers, it seems Faith will be making only the most positive impressions on the youth of the UK; one of her earlier tracks was featured on an advertisement promoting sensible drinking practices. She’s also supporting a very well-rounded career as she has continued her work as an actress through films like St. Trinian’s (2007) and Dread (2009), based on the Clive Barker horror story of the same name. These efforts may not be necessary for long, though, with the pure talent exhibited on her gem of an album. Big things await the quirky Paloma Faith.