Day 1 of my week with Paloma Faith and for my first choice its the fabulous 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'.
'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' was Paloma's second single from her third album 'A Perfect Contradiction'. It was released in 2014 and reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.
This is Paloma at her very best. Her vocals on this song are nothing short of spectacular. It starts slow, but builds up to a climax where she really lets go hitting the high notes with such power.
Still slow paced, and more than a little bit retro / vintage in keeping with her trademark sound, this track still stands out. Its stripped back backing instruments make it more about the vocals and the lyrics. It has this sort of "de dum, de dum dum, de dum, de dum dum" beat pulsing through it.
The video has a parental advisory warning as its more than a bit sexual!! Nothing explicit, but definitely saucy. Paloma spends most of it in her underwear and she looks amazing whilst she rolls about in bed with her man, who also looks hot!
The lyrics ring so true 'I tell myself you don't mean a thing,And what we got, got no hold on me, But when you're not there I just crumble; I tell myself I don't care that much, But I feel like I die 'til I feel your touch'. It is true that only love can hurt like this - I for one can sure vouch for that!!
This song was performed on this year's Brits (Feb 2015) with rain pouring down to add to the drama. Live sounded even better. Paloma sure can sing.
So here we have no gimmicks, strings, piano and drums backing, and Paloma. Just Paloma, and it is fabulous. Brilliant woman, brilliant song.
There we have it - Day 1. Pop back tomorrow for day 2, or check out My Music page for more - just click here. Happy listening :)