REVIEW: Paloma Faith - Blackpool Opera House

Paloma Faith at the Opera House
Paloma Faith at the Opera House
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IT takes a lot to get my husband up to dance. But put Paloma Faith on a stage in a tight yellow, fish tail dress, red skyscraper heels, complete with her killer voice and he quickly found his feet.

As did most of the packed out Opera House audience as the kooky performer worked her way through songs from her latest album, Fall To Grace.

The Brit nominee opened the show with a powerful performance of Let Your Love Walk In, as she stood in front of a backdrop of golden palm trees, her five-piece band and three backing singers.

She may well be Cockney born and bred, but with her cabaret background, she certainly seemed at home in Blackpool.

After a rousing rendition of Never Tear Us Apart, she welcomed the audience in a Lancashire accent, “Eh up Blackpool, this is my rightful home really – a bit of theatre, a show for the family.”

And theatrical it was. Whether she was sprawling on the piano in 50s pin-up style to the stunning torch song Just Be or jumping up and down (an impressive feat in those heels) to Blood, Sweat and Tears, the soul singer had the audience captivated.

She dared her fans to a karaoke challenge to 30-minute Love Affair before belting out four songs from her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, including chart hit New York.

Her wry sense of humour made the whole gig even more enjoyable – even right up to the end when she admitted she doesn’t do encores as not knowing if the audience will applaud her back onto the stage isn’t good for her “frail nerves”. She needn’t have worried, fans roared with applause as she finished her set with songs including Picking Up The Pieces – making the show more like a 90-minute Love Affair.