Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
|Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?|
|Studio album by Paloma Faith|
|Released||28 September 2009|
|Genre||Pop, soul, jazz|
|Producer||Greg Kurstin, Patrick Byrne Blair, Mackichan, Steve Robson, Ian Barter, Ed Harcourt, Andrew Nicholas Love, Jos Hartvig Jorgensen, Jodi Marr, George Noriega, Rob Wells, Jörgen Elofsson, Pär Westerlund, Samuel Dixon|
|Paloma Faith chronology|
|Singles from Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?|
Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? is the début album by English singer-songwriter Paloma Faith. It was released on 28 September 2009 by Epic Records. Its first two singles from the album, "Stone Cold Sober" and "New York", both peaked within the top twenty in the United Kingdom. The album spawned three more singles: "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?", "Upside Down" and "Smoke & Mirrors".
The album received positive reviews from critics. Since its release, the album spent 106 weeks on the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number 9. It was announced on 1 March 2013 that the album had been certified 2× Platinum with sales exceeding 600,000 copies. To promote the album Faith embarked her first concert Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful Tour in 12 February 2010 which visited Europe.
During her time at college, Faith worked in a pub where the manager asked her to front his band, which they later called 'Paloma and the Penetrators'. During a performance with the band at a cabaret show, Faith was scouted by an A&R man from Epic Records, who invited Faith to sing for the manager of the label. Twenty minutes into the audition, Faith asked the manager to turn his phone off and when he refused, she walked out. Epic A&R Joanna Charrington told HitQuarters "When she played a showcase for us it was clear that she was a star but the material was a bit generic. She didn't have the hit songs." Not being one hundred percent convinced the label executives to decide to wait.
During this time Charrington regularly checked Faith's MySpace page "to see if she had something that had a special direction or sound." After several months her attention was eventually piqued by "Broken Doll", which she thought was a well-crafted song with a "fantastic chorus and brilliant lyrics." Charrington told Epic managing director Nick Raphael "I think we should get this girl back in. She sounds like she is getting it now. We can help her get the songs." Faith revealed in an interview that the manager called her and offered her a contract saying he had seen many acts since and none had been as memorable as her.
In a BBC Music review Mike Diver stated, "Faith's voice is the first element of these sumptuous arrangements to strike, its idiosyncratic ticks and sharp inflections separating her from the pack in the same way as Duffy – but while the Welsh star's vocals can lack a sincere conveyance of the emotions behind a song, Faith's sentiments are never in doubt, even on the surprisingly underwhelming (in context) singles 'Stone Cold Sober' and 'New York'. The former sounds designed to soundtrack an advertisement – successfully, as it turns out – and the latter's lamenting loses some of its edge when one's unsure if the New York in question is a rival lover or, literally, the city that never sleeps. Whichever it is, it's stolen our protagonist's lover away".
Andy Gill of The Independent said: "In the case of this impressive debut album, that might refer to her fabricated Amy Winehouse persona, which is a touch too smoothly effected to ring entirely true. It's there right from the off with the Amy/Duffy retro-soul stylings of 'Stone Cold Sober'; while her claim in 'Broken Doll' that she's "damaged goods" seems that bit too eager to echo Amy's admission "I told you I was trouble". But Paloma deals in similarly grand, melodramatic emotions in songs such as 'Smoke And Mirrors', 'New York' and the title-track, wheeling out Spectorian tubular bells and keening string glissandi to evoke the depths of her emotional catastrophe".
Robyn Burrows of Contact Music stated, "With obvious comparisons to Amy Winehouse and even Duffy by some, Faith was always going to need to set herself apart from her contemporaries for the critics. She more than does that on this record." "Opening with 'Stone Cold Sober', a retro pop gem that puts bands like the Noisettes firmly in their place the album jumps from tempo to tempo with elements of pop and jazz but keeping that smooth soul sound throughout." "Despite her very distinctive vocals, the album keeps your attention throughout with its varied tracks. The beautiful soaring epic 'New York' with her backing singers shows a strong confident character with a voice to match. Whereas the fragile "Broken Doll", where Faith sings 'I don't seem to be perfect, I know I'm damaged goods' shows us a different side of the singer. 'Upside Down' increases the tempo as it bounces along to its jazz melody for three minutes. The album ends with two longer tracks, 'My Legs Are Weak' and the almost choral backing singers on 'Play On', perhaps a little too long in comparison with the rest of the tracks but finishing with a lush display of Faith's vocal range." "The only negative thing I could find with this album is its length, a little under 40 minutes. But it is a real soul pop classic, with each track earning its place. Musically diverse and well produced; it is a polished diamond. Faith's captivating vocals and huge range keep you hooked throughout and encourage you to press repeat as soon as the album ends."
Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? peaked at number 9 in the UK. In just under 2 months of the album being released, it received a Gold certification with sales over 100,000, later being certified as Platinum. The album stayed in the UK top 100 albums chart for 62 weeks, in its 63rd week it fell out the top 100 albums to no. 110, however the week after charted back into the top 100. On 9 January 2011, the album made number 41, and has spent a total of 73 weeks on the chart. On 1 March 2013, the album was certified double-platinum, denoting sales of over 600,000 copies.
The album had moderate success elsewhere, it charted within the top 30 in Ireland, where it charted at 26. Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? charted at number 3 in Scotland. In Switzerland the album charted again, within the top 40, where it charted at number 39. In the Netherlands the album also charted at number 50. In Finland, the album charted at number 46 and in Poland the album charted at number 39. As of April 2011, "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?" has sold over 500,000 copies in the UK.
"Stone Cold Sober" was released on 15 June 2009 and entered the UK chart at number 17. The accompanying video was directed by the English music video director Sophie Muller. This song is featured in the Rimmel London commercial for the MAX lashes product, and in Castle promo on SBS 6. "New York" was released on 13 September 2009. The song features a sweeping gospel chorus by the London-based Souls of Prophecy Gospel Choir. Digital Spy gave the song 3/5 stars and a less positive rating than Stone Cold Sober. New York debuted on the UK Singles Chart at 21, the next week it fell to 31 and was expected to fall quickly out of the charts by most, but the next week it rose 16 places to 15, which became its peak position. It is Paloma Faith's most successful single to date, peaking within the top ten in two countries, within the top 20 in 4 countries and within the top 100 in 8 countries! "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?" is the title track to the album. It was released on 21 December 2009. Digital Spy gave the song 4/5. The single began to receive increased radio airplay throughout December 2009, and throughout January 2010. As such, the single began to receive increasing amounts of digital downloads, and after lingering in the Top 100 on the UK iTunes Chart for a matter of weeks, the song finally entered the UK Singles Chart on 2 January 2010 at number 90. The song peaked at number 64.
"Upside Down" was released on 15 March 2010, as the album's third single. The accompanying video was directed by Chris Sweeney who directed the video for her previous single, "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?". Before the single was released, the British entertainment and media website Digital Spy said that "Upside Down backs up Faith's claim to have absorbed influences from the pre-rock 'n' roll era, mixing up a '50s dance hall vibe with her ever-present soul croon". Charles Decant of Ozap called the single "the more playful title on the album". On 14 March 2010, "Upside Down" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 89, on downloads alone. The following week, the single climbed to number 58, which was followed by a further climb of 3 on 28 March 2010 to its current peak at number 55. A new version of "New York" featuring rapper Ghostface Killah was released on 1 August. It peaked at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart and received mixed responses. "Smoke & Mirrors", was the 5th and final single from the album. During an interview on Something for the Weekend on 15 August 2010, Faith confirmed "Smoke & Mirrors" would be the final single from the album, and that she would be filming the video "very soon". At Hylands Park, as part of the 2010 V Festival, she announced that filming for the video has been completed. The video premiered on 11 September, on Faith's official Facebook Page. It was released on 31 October 2010. The track was added to Radio 1's B Playlist. However only managed to peak at number 140 in the UK.
Paloma Faith went on her first major tour in 2010. The UK leg of the tour was confirmed on 4 November 2009, when Faith announced that she would visit the UK and Ireland starting on 17 March 2010. The album will feature songs from Paloma Faith's Platinum album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?. In April 2010, Faith extended her tour for throughout October and November, where she will visit a number of different venues. She was supported by Eliza Doolittle, Bashy, Josh Weller, LA Shark and Alan Pownell.
|1.||"Stone Cold Sober"||Paloma Faith, Patrick Byrne, Blair Mackichan||Byrne, Mackichan||2:54|
|2.||"Smoke & Mirrors"||Faith, Steve Robson, Alison Clarkson||Robson||3:06|
|3.||"Broken Doll"||Faith, Ian Barter||Barter||4:07|
|4.||"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?"||Faith, Ed Harcourt||Harcourt||4:35|
|5.||"Upside Down"||Faith, Andrew Nicholas Love, Jos Hartvig Jorgensen, Belle Sara Humble||Love, Jorgensen||3:09|
|6.||"Romance Is Dead"||Faith, Jodi Marr, George Noriega, Rob Wells||Greg Kurstin||3:04|
|7.||"New York"||Faith, Marr||Marr, Noriega, Wells, Steve Fitzmaurice*||3:39|
|8.||"Stargazer"||Faith, Jörgen Elofsson||Elofsson, Pär Westerlund||3:45|
|9.||"My Legs Are Weak"||Faith, Samuel Dixon||Dixon||4:48|
|10.||"Play On"||Faith, Robson||Robson||4:04|
|iTunes bonus tracks|
|11.||"Press Lightly"||Faith, Dixon||Dixon||3:33|
|12.||"Stone Cold Sober" (Live at the ICA (Video))||Faith, Byrne, Mackichan||3:27|
|13.||"New York" (Live at the ICA (Video))||Faith, Marr||4:07|
* – additional production
The following tracks were not released on the album, but have been released as a single B-side.
|1.||"I Just Wait (b-side to Stone Cold Sober)"||Paloma Faith, Ian Barter||Barter||4:46|
|2.||"Luv Ya (b-side to New York)"||Faith, Barter||Steve Fitzmaurice, David Odlum||2:54|
|3.||"Sexy Chick (David Guetta cover) (b-side to Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?)"||Aliaune Thiam, David Guetta, Sandy Wilhelm, Giorgio Tuinfort, Jean-Claude Sindres, Faith||n/a||4:11|
|4.||"Technicolour (b-side to Upside Down)"||Faith, Neil Athale, Andrew Nicholas Love||Athale, Love||3:01|
Personnel and credits
Charts and certifications
|United Kingdom||28 September 2009||CD, digital download|
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