My addiction to quirky British ingenues continues with the sensational Paloma Faith. I’ve been a fan since I heard her first album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful, in 2009. Sadly, she never toured the U.S. to support it but now she’s back with a new album, Fall to Grace, and has her sights on conquering the States. “It’s great to be back in New York and the Mercury Lounge. We’re going to get bigger here,” she quipped. After opening with the first single off her new album, “Picking Up the Pieces,” Paloma endearingly expressed how miffed she was that the venue cut her set from 60 minutes to 45. “I can’t talk a lot tonight and it’s not because I don’t have a terrific personality.” I love her even more.
Highlights of her show included the song that’s near and dear to my heart,”New York,” new songs that beautifully showcase her gravelly, soulful voice like “Black & Blue” and dance floor juggernauts like “Agony.” The best surprise of the night was her cover of the INXS hit “Never Tear Us Apart.” So sexy and perfectly suited for her voice. With her big grin, aching voice and skunk stripe nestled in her red hair, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to the great Emmylou Harris. She closed her set with a song she said was her best. She may be right. Download “Just Be” right now. And just be patient. Her album drops Tuesday.