Day 2 of my week with Paloma Faith and today its 'New York'.
'New York' was released as a single in 2009. It was taken from her 2009 debut album 'Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful' , and was the second single after the first which was 'Stone Cold Sober'.
This is a big song with her vocals reaching powerful highs against a gospel choir background and lots of strings. Once again, her voice is nothing short of amazing.
This single reached number 15 in the UK singles chart. Its all about losing her man for "another lady", with the lady in question being New York.
The video starts with Paloma and her man at a bowling alley having fun. He starts to lose interest in her and starts to look at New York. Paloma clearly doesn't want to go and seems to be trying to get him to stay. He doesn't and we see him playing on another team in New York. Paloma seems to be stuck in between the two, until eventually she is left behind whilst he has moved on with a new woman and his lady New York. On an aside, I love the dress she wears in the video - very retro. I want that dress!!
Back to the song. Its not exactly a cheery number this one with lyrics like this 'the wolves they howled for my lost soul, I fell down a big black hole'. Then finally 'she poisoned your sweet mind'. Very bitter about the lady in question in this song, as you can't exactly match New York now can you?
This is a great song and really catchy. Paloma sounds so good as always, and its another great homage to the Big Apple, about which so many songs have been written.
Go take a listen and remind yourself how good this is. It got mixed reviews at the time, but I think it sounds better now than it did at the time.
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