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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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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. Apr 2, 2014
    60
    She sounds a tad daft masquerading as a feisty Harlem mama on the Pharrell-produced I Can't rely On You, but her uber-gutsy delivery still charms. [Apr 2014, p.90]
  7. Apr 2, 2014
    40
    It’s an album that provides a taste of something familiar, yet somehow flavourless.

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  1. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    Paloma 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.
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