Seems like David is a bit of a fan of ‘The Architect’, the latest album from British starlet Paloma Faith.
Paloma Faith has incredible vision when it comes to her albums.
Each one has had great artistry applied to it and as a powerhouse vocalist, she delivers songs with gusto.
Her fourth studio album ‘The Architect’ focuses on more political undertones and social messages as opposed to broken hearts.
Through the creative process, Paloma fell pregnant with her first child. The physical album itself features some incredible images captured at the height of her pregnancy. Life was overall pretty good which is why this focus on the state of the world became such a muse for her as she wrote songs for the album.
Covering everything from war to immigration to assault, the content is rich.
Lead singles ‘Crybaby’ and ‘Guilty’ are both great songs and continue on where her last album left off; the sound remains soul-influenced with a bit of disco and pop mixed in.
The videos that accompany both of these tracks are visual masterpieces. Both have a very ‘Hunger Games’ feel about them. It’s one of the things I love about Paloma – her ability to translate her art across multiple mediums.
Brilliantly, there is a series of three mid-tempo bangers about halfway through the album which offers a different perspective.
‘Kings And Queens’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Warrior’ are all epic tunes, the latter being written by Sia and featuring a key change (I love a good key change). The songs all stick in Paloma’s vocal pocket and the delivery makes listening to these three songs in a row incredibly enjoyable.
Again she changes things up later in the album with some really funky songs like ‘Til I’m Done’ and ‘Tonight’s Not The Only Night’, which injects some fun and vibrancy to the album. Both of these songs are enjoyable to listen to but the chorus from ‘Til I’m Done’ is a bit of an earworm.
‘The Architect; runs quite long (19 songs on the deluxe version), which can be a challenge to listen through with a voice as unique as Paloma’s.
Part of the issue I feel is that there are a few songs that could have been left for a b-sides or a separate EP release as they don’t fit the overall feel of the album.
That aside, this is one of her best and most consistent releases so far and is a true testament to her ability as a modern entertainer.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Guilty, Kings And Queens, Warrior Til I’m Done.