Released in the U.K. last August, Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace (December 4, Epic) is about as far from understated as you can get, a big wet lipsticked smooch of an album that's overloaded with overwrought drama, oversized melodies and a gleefully over-the-top production from the legendary Nellee Hooper (Bjork, Soul II Soul). You could draw dotted line connections to many in the crop of classic/modern British female vocalists -- from the larynx-busting sweep of Adele to the retro-pop 60's pop-soul stylings of Duffy and the late Amy Winehouse -- but Faith is her own odd but oddly lovable creation. What make this glitter-and-glam-fest work is the impressive array of self-penned songs, thick slabs of audacious pop balladry mixed up with spritzes of dance beats, Shirley-Bassey-styled theatrics and a voice so malleable and sinfully rich you can practically scoop it up and serve it as a dessert. "Picking Up the Pieces" was the extra-cheesy "anthemic splendor" that got us hooked last April but there's lots more to feast on here, notably the deep noirish groove of "Let Your Love Walk In". Videos below.
Paloma Faith - "Let Your Love Walk In" (from Fall To Grace)
Paloma Faith - "Picking Up The Pieces" (from Fall To Grace)