Paloma Faith, The Brighton Centre, November 21
Friday evening saw the most talented, charming, genuine and grounded lady, I have had the pleasure to listen to, visit The Brighton Centre.
The stage was black, the curtain fell and the show began.
Paloma Faith danced onto the stage with her backing singers and hit the ground running with Take Me; Picking up the Pieces and Mouth to Mouth before she took a breath to talk to the crowd.
This tour is to promote and listen to tracks from the album, A Perfect Contradiction, which has recently been re-released with an extra three new tracks. In March Paloma will be coming back to The Brighton Centre with a greatest hits tour, so it will be a great chance for people to listen to all her material from the beginning.
Everything during the show was very black or white. Paloma was dressed in white while the backing singers were in black. The stage went very dark at the end of each number and then lit up, very white and bright, for the start of each new song. It also seemed that Paloma herself was very black and white, what you see is what you get.
To be honest that was absolute perfection.
There were a couple of songs during the evening that were not from the new album and one was a superb cover version of Ike and Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High. Paloma was worried about performing this number because she loves it so much, but the crowd went absolutely wild, dancing, singing and cheering at the end.
The set ended with the huge hit Only Love Can Hurt Like This but after making the crowd wait for what seemed like a very long time, it all came back to life with Changing, a single which was released with British drum and bass duo Sigma.
The final song of the evening was Can’t Rely on You, a song written by Paloma Faith and Pharrell Williams.
This was one of the best concerts I have been to for a while. Paloma Faith has the most amazing voice and sense of humour. If anyone has missed her tour, it is well worth going to see her next time, she will not disappoint you.