A Perfect Contradiction

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  • Summary: The third studio release for the British singer includes songs written by Mr. Hudson, John Legend, Plan B, Raphael Saadiq, Diane Warren, and Pharrell Williams.
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Only Love Can Hurt Like This
I'd tell myself you don't mean a thing But what we got, got no hold on me? But when you're not there I just crumble I tell myself that I don't care... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Q Magazine
    Apr 2, 2014
    80
    [When Paloma] revert to classicism, she proves there's more than one way to skin the "vintage" cat by adopting the persona of an exuberant disco diva, invoking the spirit of '70s glitter ball goddesses such as Teena Marie or Alicia Bridges. She wears it surprisingly well. [Apr 2014, p.108]
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    80
    Ultimately, it's Faith's irrepressible enthusiasm and unbridled vocal ability that shine the most on A Perfect Contradiction, and having musicians like Pharrell and Saadiq around just works to sweeten the deal.
  3. 60
    It may be nothing new but her punchy, uplifting set of pastiche Sixties and Seventies soul, r’n’b and disco is perfectly pitched with just an appealing hint of exaggeration.
  4. Apr 2, 2014
    60
    There’s nothing here that has not been done before, and it’s almost too polished for its own good, but she sounds more at ease with her sound than ever before.
  5. 60
    It does seem as if Paloma’s sacrificed some individuality for some of that bankable overwrought wailing.
  6. Aug 21, 2014
    60
    There is not really any filler on A Perfect Contradiction and it never manages to be boring (Paloma would never allow that). However, it does leave you wanting more and expecting more from Paloma’s next album.
  7. Apr 2, 2014
    40
    It’s an album that provides a taste of something familiar, yet somehow flavourless.

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  1. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    "A Perfect Contradiction" is one of the best albums of the year. When I listened it for the first time, I felt like I was walking between 40s"A Perfect Contradiction" is one of the best albums of the year. When I listened it for the first time, I felt like I was walking between 40s until 90s decade. It's really amazing! I'm really in love with it!

    Paloma is more mature and powerful with her music, using inspiration and production so much good. For me, the album has big songs like "Only Love Can Hurt Like This", "Trouble With My Baby", "Can't Rely on You" and "Tease on My Tears".

    This is the best of her, of course.
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  2. Aug 10, 2015
    10
    Album PERFEITISSIMO, posso me imaginar olhando pras lindas nuvens no horizonte ao por do sol ouvindo only love can hurt like this que seriaAlbum PERFEITISSIMO, posso me imaginar olhando pras lindas nuvens no horizonte ao por do sol ouvindo only love can hurt like this que seria explendido, ou passar por aquelas pessoas desagradaveis ouvindo cant rely on you rindo delas hdvfyhvbfyrfgbrugbh ou cantar aquele refrao delicioso de leave while im not looking que eu ia morrer ali mesmo de tao bom Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2016
    10
    Como o nome já diz A Perfect Contradiction mostra uma contradição entre o triste e alegre em canções como Only Love Can Hurt Like This eComo o nome já diz A Perfect Contradiction mostra uma contradição entre o triste e alegre em canções como Only Love Can Hurt Like This e Can't Rely On You, mostrando a evolução e capacidade de Paloma de juntar seus dois álbuns anteriores em um só, com uma harmonia invejável, com letras e melodias fantásticas. Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2015
    7
    7/10 - "It does seem as if Paloma’s sacrificed some individuality for some of that bankable overwrought wailing" - The Independent (UK), not7/10 - "It does seem as if Paloma’s sacrificed some individuality for some of that bankable overwrought wailing" - The Independent (UK), not bad, not amazing. Expand
  5. May 15, 2015
    5
    There is without a doubt that British singer Paloma Faith has talent, but her album A Perfect Contrdiction (2014) has some hit and misses.There is without a doubt that British singer Paloma Faith has talent, but her album A Perfect Contrdiction (2014) has some hit and misses. Despite my mixed reaction, I have faith or hope, that my favorite track "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" may crossover to other countries including the United States. Expand