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The Paloma Faith Rate | #28 & 27 'Bit of a nightmare'

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by BubblegumBoy, Aug 30, 2021.

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What is your favourite Paloma album?

  1. Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?

    41.2%
  2. Fall to Grace

    11.8%
  3. A Perfect Contradiction

    5.9%
  4. The Architect

    29.4%
  5. Infinite Things

    11.8%
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    Welcome to my debut rate!​

    Let’s find out a little bit about our leading lady...

    Paloma Faith Blomfield first graced the UK charts in 2009 with her debut single ‘Stone Cold Sober’. Since then her career has consisted of 5 studio albums, 39 singles and a bunch of awards. Known for her quirkiness and distinct voice, Paloma has also dabbled in the world of film and TV.

    Paloma’s early career started in contemporary dance before she moved onto studying theatre directing. Her CV includes being a burlesque singer, a life model, a magician’s assistant and the lead singer of Paloma and the Penetrators (lets be glad that didn’t stick!).

    Some fast facts:
    · 5 top 10 UK albums
    · 10 top 40 UK singles
    · Top 40 smashes in New Zealand, Croatia, Australia, Ireland and Switzerland
    · Features on 9 charity singles (don’t worry – I’m not making you rate these!)
    · Worked with a plethora of greats: Basement Jaxx, Diane Warren, Jools Holland, Shirley Bassey and Ray Davies.

    The Rules:
    1. Score every song between 0-10. One song may receive an 11. I will be accepting one decimal place.
    2. Commentary is encouraged in your ballot; I’d particularly like something for your 11.
    3. No trolling, please! Of course, we all have our tastes and preferences in music but please no tanking of particular albums/sections.

    And the most important thing... have fun!

    [I'd like to say a big thank you to @Cutlery for their stunning graphics and @Maki for their help in putting together the song list and being my back up host]
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2021
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    Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (2009)

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    (1) Stone Cold Sober
    (2) Smoke & Mirrors
    (3) Broken Doll
    (4) Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
    (5) Upside Down
    (6) Romance is Dead
    (7) New York
    (8) Stargazer
    (9) My Legs Are Weak
    (10) Play On
    (11) Press Lightly

    B Sides:
    (12) I Just Wait
    (13) Luv Ya
    (14) Technicolour

    Fall to Grace (2012)

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    (15) Picking Up the Pieces
    (16) 30 Minute Love Affair
    (17) Black & Blue
    (18) Just Be
    (19) Let Me Down Easy
    (20) Blood, Sweat and Tears
    (21) Beauty of the End
    (22) When You’re Gone
    (23) Agony
    (24) Let Your Love Walk In
    (25) Freedom
    (26) Streets of Glory
    (27) Never Tear Us Apart

    A Perfect Contradiction (2014)

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    (28) Can’t Rely on You
    (29) Mouth to Mouth
    (30) Take Me
    (31) Only Love Can Hurt Like This
    (32) Other Woman
    (33) Taste My Own Tears
    (34) Trouble with My Baby
    (35) The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
    (36) Impossible Heart
    (37) Love Only Leaves You Lonely
    (38) It’s The Not Knowing

    A Perfect Contradiction: Outsiders Edition

    (39) Beauty Remains
    (40) Ready for the Good Life
    (41) Leave While I’m Not Looking

    The Architect (2017)

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    (42) The Architect
    (43) Guilty
    (44) Crybaby
    (45) I’ll Be Gentle
    (46) Kings and Queens
    (47) Surrender
    (48) Warrior
    (49) Til I’m Done
    (50) Lost and Lonely
    (51) Still Around
    (52) WW3
    (53) Love Me As I Am
    (54) Power to the Peaceful
    (55) Tonight’s Not The Only Night
    (56) My Body
    (57) Price of Fame

    The Architect – Zeitgeist Edition

    (58) Loyal
    (59) Final Breath
    (60) Your Ex
    (61) Older
    (62) Make Your Own Kind of Music
    (63) Lullaby

    Infinite Things (2020)

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    (64) Supernatural
    (65) Monster
    (66) Gold
    (67) Falling Down
    (68) Infinite Things
    (69) If This Is Goodbye
    (70) Better Than This
    (71) Me Time
    (72) If Loving You Was Easy
    (73) Beautiful & Damned
    (74) I’d Die For You
    (75) Living with a Stranger
    (76) Last Night on Earth

    Extras:
    (77) What’s a Girl Gotta Do (2009)
    (78) Keep Moving (2010)
    (79) Heart & Sole (2012)
    (80) Lost Ones (2013)
    (81) Changing (2014)
    (82) You’re So Sad (2014)
    (83) Circus of Your Mind (2015)
    (84) The Crazy Ones (2015)
    (85) I’ve Gotta Be Me (2019)
    (86) Moving Too Fast (2019)
    (87) Mistakes (2020)
    (88) Blessings (2021)

    Stone Cold Sober
    Smoke & Mirrors
    Broken Doll
    Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
    Upside Down
    Romance is Dead
    New York
    Stargazer
    My Legs Are Weak
    Play On
    Press Lightly
    I Just Wait
    Luv Ya
    Technicolour
    Picking Up the Pieces
    30 Minute Love Affair
    Black & Blue
    Just Be
    Let Me Down Easy
    Blood, Sweat and Tears
    Beauty of the End
    When You’re Gone
    Agony
    Let Your Love Walk In
    Freedom
    Streets of Glory
    Never Tear Us Apart
    Can’t Rely on You
    Mouth to Mouth
    Take Me
    Only Love Can Hurt Like This
    Other Woman
    Taste My Own Tears
    Trouble with My Baby
    The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
    Impossible Heart
    Love Only Leaves You Lonely
    It’s The Not Knowing
    Beauty Remains
    Ready for the Good Life
    Leave While I’m Not Looking
    The Architect
    Guilty
    Crybaby
    I’ll Be Gentle
    Kings and Queens
    Surrender
    Warrior
    Til I’m Done
    Lost and Lonely
    Still Around
    WW3
    Love Me As I Am
    Power to the Peaceful
    Tonight’s Not The Only Night
    My Body
    Price of Fame
    Loyal
    Final Breath
    Your Ex
    Older
    Make Your Own Kind of Music
    Lullaby
    Supernatural
    Monster
    Gold
    Falling Down
    Infinite Things
    If This Is Goodbye
    Better Than This
    Me Time
    If Loving You Was Easy
    Beautiful & Damned
    I’d Die For You
    Living with a Stranger
    Last Night on Earth
    What’s a Girl Gotta Do
    Keep Moving
    Heart & Sole
    Lost Ones
    Changing
    You’re So Sad
    Circus of Your Mind
    The Crazy Ones
    I’ve Gotta Be Me
    Moving Too Fast
    Mistakes
    Blessings

    Spotify Playlist:



    Youtube Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8KwKmUCKcIt1_exc8YYUSqrtInOwIORA
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2021
  3. Here to stan the debut and a bunch of further tracks!
     
  4. I've been meaning to explore her discography, so sign me up! I like a few of her songs, though the only album I've heard in full so far was Fall To Grace, which I wasn't exactly a big fan of, but people seem to consider it one of her worst, so I'm curious to listen to the other four.
     
  5. Choosing an 11 is going to be one hell of a challenge… One thing I can guarantee is that it’s 100% going to be from The Architect.
     
  6. I don't consider myself a big Paloma fan at all, since nearly all of her albums are patchy and I barely ever return to them. But she's such a great artist and certainly has a bunch of excellent songs. Obviously, her artworks are incredible, too.
    This rate will be a great opportunity to re-familiarize with her album tracks and rarities, as well as make potential re-discoveries.

    Ditto! Her debut is the only album that I can listen to in full without feeling like skipping a song and it's definitely my favourite. For her other albums, I usually listen to select ones.

    On the other hand, I think "Fall to Grace" is her weakest one, mostly because it's quite boring and there are little to no standouts. It will be interesting to see how my average scores reflect that.
     
  7. I'm in!

    Also I'm here to let the girls know that Circus Of Your Mind is incredible and it should not be tanked even if it's an extra.



    Drama!
     
  8. For some context behind the song list for this rate, the song selection consists from all of her original songs and the covers that appear are only where Paloma is a solo performer, so the features that are cover versions were ditched. The same goes for live-only covers and charity singles, where she's barely present.

    The only exceptions are these two collabs, which are original songs. Coincidentally, both of them are Christmas songs, male duets and respectively her first and last released songs (well, at least before "Blessings" came out):




    "It's Christmas (And I Hate You)" is crap and would've been a great first elimination, but "Christmas Prayer" is a very cute bop that could've been included.
    Seems like our host is not a fan of Christmas music, hehe.

    This one was also excluded, despite being a solo cover, though it could possibly be a recording of a live performance:



    There should be 'songs we could've rated' spotlights, so I better not further reveal any more songs.
     
  9. It will be interesting to see the album averages. For me The Architect and her debut are the strongest albums. However she definitely found her audience with Fall to Grace and A Perfect Contradiction.

    I suspect my 11 will be going to something from the debut but there are certainly some strong choices on The Architect, as well a song that will probably be my lowest score ddd.

    I hadn't heard this before I started putting the rate together. It's a fantastic song!

    As @Maki said I will put together a post of 'Songs We Could Have Rated' during the voting period and expect a tag post imminently!
     
  10. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

  11. Yes, count me in
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  12. My track record on actually getting around to participating in these is not great but I will try my best to! Paloma's discography is an odd one for me in that I've played some of it to death and barely touched other parts.
     
  13. Oh yes please! I adore her debut but agree with @Maki that her other albums are very patchy.
     
  14. Ooh I want to try and do this!
     
  15. Thank you for tagging me! She is definitely one of those artists that I always wanted to check out. I'm pretty sure I've only listened to "A Perfect Contradiction" in full, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't promise I'll be able to take part though, still will try to keep this in the back of my head.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2021
  16. I am unlikely to make it @BubblegumBoy - I have a few rates and contests lined up (not to mention real life work which is go go go at the minute) that won’t leave me much time for a Rate where it would be 90-95% discoveries.

    I’ll be along to like and support the handful of tracks I do know and love though!
     
  17. @Maki and I are planning to do some Watch2Gether sessions. Starting tomorrow and then continuing each Friday evening until the deadline. Please feel free to join! It will be at 7 PM BST
    We'll be starting with the first two albums.

    Watch2Gether Link
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2021
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