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With equal parts humour and raw emotion, Paloma Faith moved audiences with her poignant lyrics and impressive vocals at Blackpool Opera House, Josie Hindle writes.

The intergenerational audience who gathered at the stunning Opera House were met with a whirlwind of emotional melodies and heartrending lyrics when Paloma Faith opened her set with songs from her newest album, The Glorification of Sadness.

The album and the songs along with it, are a reflection of Faith’s authenticity, frankness and the ability to wear her heart on her sleeve. Stand-out singles, How to Leave a Man and Bad Woman, are both symbols of confidence and empowerment. The audience joined Faith through a journey of heartbreak, grief and finally acceptance.

Faith’s chatty song breaks could have fooled audiences into thinking they were watching a quick-witted comedian.

Without the need for a flashy set or large accompanying band, Faith was joined by a talented and small collection of musicians, amplifying the feeling of intimacy, despite the sold-out show.

Faith’s chatty song breaks could have fooled audiences into thinking they were watching a quick-witted comedian. Filling the venue with laughter and applause with her banter and relatable anecdotes.
During the interval, a chat with the friendly merch seller approved Faith’s humble nature and approachable personality.

The second half of the show was a recollection of her biggest hits including Upside Down, Picking up the Pieces and Changing. Faith, whose background in stage acting no doubt contributed to her confident performance, maintained high energy levels throughout as she jumped up and down barefoot on the stage.

A throwback to her older songs was a great symbol of freedom and not letting life’s trials get you down, in Faith’s case a divorce and motherhood have been defining changes. Faith’s sense of freedom was matched by the audience for a fantastic second act finale after an emotional first half.

Throughout the show, the audience participation flooded the venue, with Faith actively encouraging fans to get up and dance. It was hard to resist as the high-energy beats filled the venue.

Read our interview with Paloma Faith, talking about motherhood, divorce and holding her own in the music industry.

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