Paloma Faith - Mercury Lounge - 11/27/12
Better Than: A pint-sized Jessica Rabbit/Betty Boop hybrid in a pillbox hat. Drunk.
These characters and their sexy, bubbly, potentially psychotic tendencies all came to mind while I watched Paloma Faith scale a bunch of fake palm trees at the Mercury Lounge last night. Her set time was apparently cut by 15 minutes (as she repeatedly joked throughout her 49 minutes onstage), but Faith didn't scrimp on drama, delivery or baring it all with her signature, boisterous belt. Though Fall to Grace, her sophomore album, is dropping in the US next Tuesday (12/4), the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd matched Faith word for word and belted her songs back at her as she steamrolled Grace's tracklist.
Paloma Faith performs again this Friday at the Knitting Factory .
From "Picking Up The Pieces"--Grace's first single, and the set's vivacious opening number--to her "best one yet" (as she calls it), "Just Be," Faith had the packed room eating out of her twirling, balletic hands from start to finish--even if she faltered on a scale once or twice, and even though a high note or few came off more strident than soaring. Joined by Dom Pipkin, who channeled Mozart at his most eccentric on keys, "Agony" served as one of Faith's strongest moments, one that would've worked as easily beneath the ornate proscenium of a revered concert hall as it did within arms reach of her rowdy brethren at a rock club.