Review: Paloma Faith ‘beautifully bonkers’ at the Ipswich Regent

Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith - Credit: Archant

I’d heard a bit of a song here, seen a bit of a video there but I’d never really sought out any of her stuff. I will now.

New York astro-soul outfit King Holiday’s energetic set, with frontman Leslie “Kujo” DuMouchel seemingly possessed by James Brown, had already got the crowd more than warmed up.

Contemporary and retro at the same time, Faith herself was a real eye-opener.

Roaming all over a great set that looked like the top tier of a wedding cake with a drummer on top instead of a bride and groom, I was expecting jazzy ballads not up-tempo soul you could dance too.

Songs from latest album A Perfect Contradiction featured heavily, but it was first ever single Stone Cold Sober early on that got the best reaction of the night.

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It was nice to see everybody on their feet, even if they strangely didn’t stay on them the whole set.

Beautifully bonkers - bantering with the band and the audience, stopping for a nice cup of tea - she didn’t mind people didn’t know the words.

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Faith said it just meant she had new fans, joking what had taken them so long and urging them to buy previous albums so she didn’t suffer an existential crisis the next time.

Way ahead of you.

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