By Sara Spangler, Contributor, DC Music Live
Though performing in the intimate venue Red Palace in Washington, DC, Paloma Faith delivered as if there were thousands watching. Coming onto the stage a bit late and in an outlandish dress reminiscent of Lady Gaga, Faith was well worth the wait.
Hailing from the UK, Faith kicked off her first U.S. tour a couple of weeks ago in New York City. Throughout the show Faith mentioned how she appreciated Americans’ willingness to express their excitement, very unlike the crowds of her home country.
If Faith’s banter with the audience wasn’t witty and disarming enough, her singing would definitely win you over. Faith’s performances were over the top, and her voice can be likened to Adele or Duffy. However, don’t expect to hear all love songs from Faith, or endless songs referencing ex-boyfriends. Faith mentioned during her set that there are “more things to life than that, not that relationships aren’t important.”
The first half of the show consisted of mostly acoustic versions of usually more upbeat songs. “I usually have an eight-person band,” stated Faith, who presumably cut down on band members for her first tour overseas. Later on, the show got more energetic with fast-tempo dance tunes from Faith’s debut album “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?”
Rather than leave the stage and come back for a traditional encore, Faith asked that the audience clap loudly after her last song to make sure they’d want her back for more. The audience played along and Faith came back on stage for a two-song encore, including her new single “Picking Up The Pieces” from her latest album “Fall to Grace.”
Find out more about Paloma Faith at www.palomafaith.com/us.