Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? — Paloma Faith


31 Minutes.

That’s how long it took me to walk to school every morning when I was in high school. I had two usual routes which were about the same in distance but I liked having more than one option in case of inclement weather, people, my mood, etc. I knew how long it took me to get from point A to point B because I had created playlists that would end just as I got to the school building if I started them right when I hit the sidewalk to the left of the backdoor of the house I lived in at the time. My favorite route was cutting through the park which was just a short ways from the house, Farquhar Park. It is still one of my favorite places in my hometown, and I have a lot of extremely happy memories there.

I had various playlists for different genres and different moods. Sometimes I just randomly added music solely on the cover of the album, artist name, or even the song name itself. It was a hit or miss process, but it resulted at a great many more hits than misses. One of those hits was an album and a singer with big retro soul, and songs that made your heart sour.

This month’s Femme Pick is:

Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? by Paloma Faith

I don’t know if it was her voice, her eccentricity, or her hair; but I was in L-O-V-E. My playlist was filled with Amy Winehouse, Florence + The Machine, Adele, Oh Land, Imogen Heap, Ellie Goulding, The Dresden Dolls, and Anggun, all of whom she fit in with quite nicely. I loved that playlist so much I got into trouble enough in Chemistry class to have detention almost every Wednesday afternoon. Not something to be proud of, but it does make me laugh. I tolerated school but I would rather have been reading and listening to music, and in my eyes at that age, they were all just taking up my precious time I could be doing just those things.

There was something particular about this album that made me just smash the repeat button, and I think it was mostly Paloma Faith’s voice, about which the singer herself said once:

“My vocal style suits the subject matter of my album. It’s about the human condition, the constant striving for love and companionship. I’ve thrown my heart at many a wrong man in my time, I can’t tell you. I’m the queen of tragedy. Melancholy informs everything I do.”

There is no denying she spoke the truth when you listen to the album. It is a collection of catchy songs that also tug at your heartstrings, letting your mind wander to the dull aches and pains of love lost, or love found in all the wrong places.

I must be honest though, I completely forgot about this album until the ten year anniversary rerelease was announced and I knew I had to have it. It comes with an enormous wave of nostalgia, that takes me back, and suddenly I’m that teenager again. Walking through the park with my headphones in, Turkey Hill coloumbian coffee in one hand, a glazed donut from Maple Donuts in the other. Hoping those 31 minutes last longer than that, just so I can listen to my music a little longer, whilst I let my imagination fill with wonder as I wander through the park on a crisp autumn morning.

In the madness of the storm

I’m the one to carry on

I don’t need no medicine

If you’re looking for a cure

Don’t be knocking at my door

I’ll never let you in

Take a rocket into space

And stay out of my face

I can be wilder than the wind

119 miles an hour

I’m in a whole other dimension

Dancing doubles on the floor

You think I’m crazy, a little bit hazy

But I’m stone cold sober

I love this entire album and the nostalgia it brings, but notable favorites on it include:

  • Stone Cold Sober
  • Smoke & Mirrors
  • Play On
  • Romance Is Dead
  • Stargazer

Who exactly is Paloma Faith?

“She is an English singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her retro and eccentric style.

Read more about her here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paloma_Faith

Want to listen?

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Stay tuned for next month’s Femme Pick!


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Published by Erin O'Dell

Erin O’Dell lives in Red Lion, PA, USA with her boyfriend, 5 cats, a snake, and a lot of ridiculously cringe-worthy jokes. She is an ethics, history, and philosophy of world religion studies major. She may or may not also be a mermaid. She enjoys video games, vinyl, macaroni & cheese, reading, Bollywood films, bowling, and outer space. Her favorite music genres include Symphonic Rock, Heavy Metal, Indie, and Soundtracks. Her favorite bands are Counting Crows and In This Moment.

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