Upside Down (Paloma Faith song)

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"Upside Down"
Single by Paloma Faith
from the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?
B-side Technicolour
Released 15 March 2010
Format
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 3:11
Label Epic Records
Writer(s)
  • Paloma Faith
  • Andrew Nicholas Love
  • Jos Hartvig Jorgensen
  • Belle Sara Humble
Producer(s) Andy Love and Jos Jorgensen
Paloma Faith singles chronology
"Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?"
(2009)
"Upside Down"
(2010)
"New York" (re-release)
(2010)
Music video
"Upside Down" on YouTube

"Upside Down" is a song by English singer-songwriter Paloma Faith from her debut studio album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?. Originally released in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2010, by Epic Records, it was the fourth single from the album. "Upside Down" was written by Faith, Andrew Nicholas Love, Jos Hartvig Jorgensen and Belle Sara Humble, it was produced by Love and Jorgensen. The song received mixed reviews from critics. "Upside Down" reached a peak position of fifty-five in the UK chart. The music video was directed by Chris Sweeney, who previously directed the video for Faith's third single, "Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?".

Background[edit]

"Upside Down" was described as "a real crowd favourite at Paloma's live gigs" before its release.[1] Faith performed Upside Down on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 show on 18 January 2010 and the song became Scott Mills' 'Record of the Week' on BBC Radio 1.[2][3] "Upside Down" was released by Epic Records on 15 March 2010.[4] The song was accompanied by the B-side "Technicolour".[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Before the single was released, Mayer Nissim from Digital Spy said ""Upside Down" backs up Faith's claim to have absorbed influences from the pre-rock 'n' roll era, mixing up a '50s dancehall vibe with her ever-present soul croon.".[6] Charles Decant of Ozap called the single "the more playful title on the album".[7]

Paul English of the Daily Record gave the single four stars.[8] He commented "If they remade Roger Rabbit, Paloma would be Jessica and this would be on the soundtrack. A post-Winehouse jive-time workout, this perky number from the Burlesque-influenced Londoner is begging to be danced to by men with trilby hats and spats. The dominant Faith continues..."[8]

A reporter for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner was less positive towards the song saying "Sets off like some surreal nursery rhyme and never seems to mature that much."[9] While a writer from the Liverpool Echo deemed it one of the worst releases of the week, saying "what it lacks in complexity, lyrics and any real meaning it makes up for in catchiness."[10]

Chart performance[edit]

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 places on 28 March 2010 to its current peak at number 55. The song spent two weeks in the chart.[11] On 26 December, the track climbed back into the UK Singles Chart after a strong amount of downloads, charting at number 99.[12]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Chris Sweeney, was described by Faith as looking like "a kind of Kelis/André 3000 type video".[13] The Sun's official website ran an exclusive first look at the video from 15 February 2010.[1] Ryan Brockington of the New York Post called the video "amazing", but added "see if you slowly walk backwards searching blindly for an exit".[14] A writer from Sugarscape called it "the sunniest video in all the land".[15]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[16]
  1. "Upside Down" – 3:11
  2. "Technicolour" – 3:00
  1. "Upside Down" – 3:11
  2. "Upside Down" (Cahill Club Remix) – 6:10
  3. "Upside Down" (Widower Remix) – 4:53
  4. "Upside Down" (DC Breaks Remix) – 6:57

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? album liner notes.[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 55

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 15 March 2010[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Upside to Paloma Faith". The Sun (London). 15 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Paloma Faith Full Session & Interview". BBC. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Radio 1 Record of the Week and Sun video exclusive!". Paloma Faith Official Website. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Paloma Faith Upside Down". Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paloma Faith turns Upside Down". The Music Fix. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Nissim, Mayer (28 September 2009). "Paloma Faith: 'Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? review". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Decant, Charles (19 February 2010). "Paloma Faith has the Upside" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b English, Paul (13 March 2010). "Out on CD". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Singles". Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Trinity Mirror). 15 March 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bin it". Liverpool Echo (Trinity Mirror). 12 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Official UK Top 100 Singles". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/singles-chart/
  13. ^ "Heeeelllllloooooooeeeeeeeeee!". Paloma Faith Official Website. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Brockington, Ryan (19 February 2010). "If Lady GaGa had a freaky lil' sis, it would be Paloma Faith". The New York Post. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Orouj (27 February 2010). "Paloma Faith new single rocks!". Sugarscape. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "Upside Down – Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Upside Down – EP". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  18. ^ Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (Compact Disc liner notes). Paloma Faith. Epic Records. 2009. p. 9. 88697543552. 
  19. ^ "The opportunity of a lifetime for a young drumming sensation". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Paloma Faith". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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