- 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.
- Record Label: RCA
- Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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Apr 2, 2014[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]
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Sep 30, 2014"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.… Expand
Jul 28, 2014Paloma Faith seems to have matured and developed her music; the more disco-orientated tracks on this album add an interesting dimension to herPaloma Faith seems to have matured and developed her music; the more disco-orientated tracks on this album add an interesting dimension to her trademark vintage, soul-pop sound. However this maturity has made some tracks on ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ feel a bit dull and lacking in the personality and individuality that once made Faith so unique. When she gets it right, her improved vocals and lyrics really shine through; “Take Me” sees an assertive Paloma telling her lover exactly what she wants in a tongue-in-cheek, yet utterly believable, manner, while “Other Woman” stays with the retro-theme yet still manages to be completely relatable to a contemporary, pop audience. Honourable mentions also go out to “Trouble With My Baby”, her cover of Sisters Love’s “The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)” and the absolutely stunning “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”, which may be the best song Paloma has ever recorded (so far).
Paloma does, however, sometimes get it wrong and we end up with a few slightly less memorable tracks. “Can’t Rely On You”, the lead single that Faith wrote with the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams, takes the crown as the most contrived, unconvincing track on the album, suggesting that perhaps Paloma wrote what she THOUGHT she should write rather than what she really WANTED to write. Still, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ is a nice addition to Faith’s discography and proves that she’s here to stay. I just hope her future albums have a little bit more of her naturally quirky personality injected into them.… Expand
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