The highly anticipated follow up to Paloma Faith's double-platinum US debut, 2012's Fall To Grace, A Perfect Contradiction features contributions from luminaries such as Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Diane Warren, Plan B, Stewart Matthewman and Mr Hudson.
Many of the collaborators actively courted Paloma, with Pharrell approaching her at the Met Gala, and Diane Warren calling to ask Paloma to listen to a song she had written with her in mind. That golden nugget of inspiration turned out to be "Only Love Can Hurt Like This."
A Perfect Contradiction marks a change in sound for Paloma, who explains, "Its tone is the very opposite of what the last album was. There are a couple of melancholy moments, sure, but it's much more a 'if it's all gone to shit, fuck it, let's have a dance' kind of record."
Paloma wrote a lot of the album while living in New York last year, and completed the recording process between there, Miami, LA and London. The album shows a distinct return to her early soul-girl roots, with influences as diverse as classic Stax, Phil Spector, '60s girl groups, '70s disco and early '80s soul come together on an album that is the most upbeat Paloma has ever made. In addition to the older sounds she has always adored, Paloma channelled Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Fugees and N.E.R.D.
"I've been reflecting on things that have been tough, but I'm almost celebrating that," says Paloma. "If you haven't been to the bottom, you wouldn't be able to recognise how it feels to feel really amazing, after all."