Starting with the top 10 chart classic, ‘Picking Up the Pieces’, she sets the tone for the powerful yet tragic relationship laments that follow. The album continues as an exciting collection of relationship woes, as Paloma’s belting vocals send hearts plummeting and memories racing as they join her in the reminiscence of the failings of past love affairs.
‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ and ‘Black and Blue’ are notably more upbeat and empowered, while tracks like ‘Just Be’ adopt a slower, gospel-like quality, gently exposing the vulnerability that is inevitably experienced in any unhappy relationship. This variety of pace and tone is cleverly interspersed throughout the album, keeping things interesting as listeners constantly drag themselves from tears on the bathroom floor to heels on the dance floor and then back again with each and every song.
Not to mention undeniably quirky qualities to its individual hits: the catchy yet soulful song ’30 Minute Love Affair’, for example, is said to be inspired by a brief moment with a busker in Paloma’s hometown of London. For me, this sort of eccentric individuality distinguishes Paloma from other comparable female singers, sparking my interest to hear more. ‘Fall to Grace’ is therefore a brilliant and relatable collection of tunes that will resonate with anyone and everyone who has ever suffered through a failed relationship.