Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (song)

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"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?"
Single by Paloma Faith
from the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
B-side "Sexy Chick" (Live From BBC 1's Radio Live Lounge)
Released 21 December 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 4:35 (Album)
3:42 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic Records
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Ed Harcourt
Paloma Faith singles chronology
"New York"
(2009)
"Do You Want the Truth of Something Beautiful?"
(2009)
"Upside Down"
(2010)
Music video
"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?" on YouTube

"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?" is a song by English singer-songwriter Paloma Faith from the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?. It was released on 21 December 2009, and peaked at number 64 in the UK chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Digital Spy gave the song 4/5, saying; 'Better yet, the song itself sustains the weight of her lyrical pretensions. A sumptuous, string-swathed ballad whose charms unfurl after three or four plays - all sung in Faith's customary dramatic way of course - it's elegant, filled with intrigue and as aromatic as a boudoir whose tart keeps forgetting to snuff out the candles'.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Despite Faith's first two singles reaching the top 20, "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?" failed to reach the top 20.

The single began to receive increased radio airplay throughout December 2009 and January 2010. As such, the single began to receive increasing amounts of digital downloads, and the song finally entered the UK Singles Chart on 2 January 2010 at number 90. It peaked at number 64 spending one week in the chart.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on 20 November 2009.[3] The video has a retro style, and is similar to the "New York" video. It was directed by Chris Sweeney.

The music video starts with Paloma sitting in a dressing room, then she is standing on a stage singing. She is singing about her boyfriend from her previous music video, Tyrone, who is back with her but she has to pretend she still loves him.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful" (Radio edit) 3:42
2. "Sexy Chick (Live From BBC 1's Radio Live Lounge)"   5:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[citation needed] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 64

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 18 December 2009[6]

References[edit]