Review: Paloma Faith at The HexagonBy Willie Douglas
February 18, 2013
Saturday, February 16
The Hexagon, Reading
I overheard it said that Paloma Faith wears a different outfit every night of her tour.
Whether it's true or not, the dress she chose for her Reading appearance was certainly something beautiful.
Emerging from behind velvet curtains into the spotlight, a white fox fur stole draped over her shoulders, she opened the show with Let Your Love Walk In to a simple piano accompaniment and her trio of soulful backing singers.
Midway through the number, she shrugged off the stole to reveal a stunning black satin floor length diamanté encrusted evening dress, the curtains parted and the full band joined in. This was going to a night of glitz and glamour.
"I like to be thought of like Marmite", she told us. "Love me or hate me, but I can't endure mediocrity. I fear it!"
As her fans have come to expect, this was as far from mediocre as you can get. Whether prowling the stage or reclining across the baby grand piano, Faith brings an element of theatre to every number.
After a selection of songs from her second album Fall to Grace she hit us square between the eyes with a medley of the big numbers from the platinum selling Do You Want The Truth, getting down among the crowd to share the microphone for Upside Down.
Paloma Faith is an adorably eccentric and engaging live performer, equally comfortable conveying energetic passion and vigour as much as tenderness and touching emotion in her songs.
She has humility and humour mixed with moments of mesmerising drama. This was a truly powerful and captivating performance.