Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (5 / 5)
Paloma Faith’s new album is entitled The Architect, and it’s fantastic! Each and every song has risen above the caliber that we expect from Paloma Faith, without losing anything that makes her sound recognizable. Her talent is undisputed and completely shines on this album. Every track is wonderfully produced from start to finish. Paloma’s sultrily haunting voice flows through every track, bringing her unique sound to each syllable. Her voice is perfectly entwined to the wonderful instrumentals and recede and swell when they should.
I truly believe that each track or piece of music should be treated as little works of art, and I am convinced that Paloma Faith feels the same way. My favorite tracks from the album are ‘Crybaby’ and ‘Guilty’. Both are absolutely mesmerizing. ‘Crybaby’ is a little more lively,but still feels like an anthem, a message. The title seems like an insult, but its not. The track is a rallying message that its ok to feel sad, to cry. ‘Guilty’ is a haunting ballad that is self recriminating. It’s about owning up to what you feel you do to someone else, rightly or wrongly. Both these tracks are stunning, to the point of where they tipped my love for this album to where I can say that The Architect is my pick for my favorite album of the year.
After I had listened to the album a few times, as I always do I like to look at what music videos have been made to the tracks. It came as no surprise to me that ‘Crybaby’ and ‘Guilty’ had their own videos. What came as a wonderful surprise was that the videos are part 1 and 2 of a story. A saga in an almost dystopian setting. A sort of workcamp/bootcamp setting with a Haidmaid’s Tale sort of quality to it. I shan’t ruin the story but I will urge you to take a look at the videos. They add yet another dimension to already great tracks.
The Architect is absolutely superb. For me, it was completely refreshing to listen to something that’s main subject didn’t center around love. The album seems, at least to me to center around the ideas of society and consequence. There are no vapid or filler tracks. Just pure art. The Architect is available now!