Paloma Faith @ Motorpoint Arena
Paloma Faith took the stage at the Nottingham Motorpoint arena to perform her new album ‘The Architect’. This album and this tour were eagerly awaited as she hasn’t released an album for over three years after giving birth to her first child. The British singer did not disappoint with her strong voice and quirky personality, she gave us warmth and pleasure on the snowy Saturday night.
She was supported by the British singer-songwriter Xamvolo who gave us a very cool and relaxed set. He performed his new single “Lose love” which showed off the beautiful tone of his voice. I must highlight his cover of the well known song ‘Crazy’ by Knarles Barkley. The tempo was slowed down and gave it a blues touch. I enjoyed his voice, but thought maybe his style was better suited to a more intimate place like a jazz bar.
Paloma Faith entered the stage soon after, in a bright fluorescent jumpsuit to match her bright personality. This outfit contrasted with the futuristic silver and gray look placed behind it. He was on multiple levels with his band and singers at different levels (all dressed in silver costumes) and provided a great platform all the way up the LED lighted staircase to the side.
“Showed a personal connection with the public”
Her opening number was the title track from her new album ‘The Architect’ which put on a show of her powerful voice that audiences were expected to have throughout the night. She followed up with a few more songs from her new album and then gave us an overview of the subject of the album. Her talk about motherhood and her personal experience with her body showed a personal connection to the audience which then intensified when she spotted fans who had attended the previous concert.
After talking about self-esteem and acceptance, she sang ‘My Body’ (also from the new album) and the atmosphere was full of people who appreciated not only the voice, but also the special touches she added. The atmosphere was cheerful but cold, but the quick contrast to an older hit “Just can’t count on you” got everyone to stand up, dance and sing along.
After that she displayed stripped back vocals in “Just be” which was poignant as a drop of a pin could be heard, it was a jaw-dropping performance showing the versatility of her voice and music. I especially liked the way she integrated old and new songs to make them accessible to both old and new fans.
His act of support Xamvolo came back to perform a duet “Take it all” which added another dimension to the performance and believes he delivered a more captivating performance once he returned and his voice contrasted well with his own.
“She spoke of her concern about the third world war”
Faith again stopped to talk to the audience about her thoughts and fears, which was a good idea. Her fears were about the tragic events happening around us and she spoke of her worry about World War III which was then followed by a song of the same name. “WW3” had a more rock undertone and included a bass solo, but once again showed the versatility of her as an artist.
As the concert ended, she sang her new single ‘Lullaby’ followed by her popular hit ‘Everything is Changing’ both of which had a pop / dance genre vibe to them which was a great way to ‘attract the public. get back on track.
Stereotypically she left and came back, but that is expected in most gigs. She came back and performed her older song “Pick up the pieces” as she roamed the audience which added a lot of excitement, especially for the lucky fans who were able to get close to the star!
Emotion was elevated with her performance of “Only Love Can Hurt Like That”, but it was a callback to her ballad-style songs that she often wrote in contrast to newer pop singles. To end once and for all, she talked about finding the person who accepts your flaws and sang a song from her new album called ‘Love me as I am’. I was surprised by this choice because it is a slower and less well-known tempo, so I thought something like “Tout changes” would have been more appropriate.
“We left feeling the love of self and the love of others”
That being said, the uplifting lyrics and feeling of love that come out of “Love me as I am” were touching to listen to. Paloma’s faith left the stage signing and hugging his band and the audience did too. After lifting our spirits, we left with a feeling of self-esteem and love for others as well as pure joy for the performance that had been delivered to us. She gave quality vocals and a great night of entertainment without the need for gimmicks.
After seeing Faith playing in a smaller venue, I was wondering how she would fare in a venue like the arena, but she did it with a talent and stage presence that made me feel like I wanted to to dance and sing and tell a friend they are beautiful. A great night out and I can’t wait for her next tour!
Images courtesy of Megan Bowie