It’s been a three year wait for Paloma Faith’s fifth long player ‘Infinite Things’.
But they’ve been a crazy few years; including a TV role on American crime drama ‘Pennyworth’ and providing the voice for Portia Poodle in the animated TV series ‘101 Dalmatian Street’. With so many other ventures going on, things had to take a sudden halt for the album to come to life.
As with many artists this year, COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works and meant anything she had on the go stopped and life paused enough for her to become quite introspective in her writing.
If I’m honest, I’ve enjoyed Paloma’s music over the years but nothing quite captured the magic of her debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’, which was full of soul and personality.
Her last album ‘The Architect’ was very lyrically complex and political which was interesting, but made for a challenging listen. With this album however, she’s rediscovered her artistry and creative muscles.
While many artists are chasing that disco sound, it’s one that has always come naturally to Paloma. In fact most albums have always had that funky vibe and this one is no different. If anything, she’s found the spark to light that sound on fire and give it a bit more life to it.
The first five songs on the album are an uninterrupted bit of pop magic. From album opener ‘Supernatural’ (setting the tone and quality of the songs), to bop ‘Monster’ and second single ‘Gold’ (which was co-written by Scandi-pop “it” girl Sigrid and Steve Mac and features one of the best music videos this year) lighting up Paloma’s storytelling skills.
Lyrically, ‘Falling Down’ brings a level of humanity to the album and title track ‘Infinite Things’ gives me goosebumps from open to close.
After this, the song quality continues but the ability to connect to all of them varies. Her expected ballads sound great but kind of kill the energy flowing in the first half. That’s not to say they are terrible songs; they’re not.
But they may have required a little more work to connect to the rest of the album, or perhaps a track listing tweak.
There’s also some great writers alongside Paloma delivering on this album, including a familiar Aussie name, Josef Salvat (who is based in the UK now). The mix of people being involved I think contributes to the freshness of the songs.
Overall it is amazing to hear the energy and creativity coming back to Paloma’s music in a way that feels fresh and fun and uniquely Paloma.
As with any release with COVID around, it’s a shame that she can’t do more with promo to give the album the success it deserves.
Instead, I’d suggest giving ‘Infinite Things’ a good few spins to show her some love in your at-home disco.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Gold, Monster, Infinite Things.