Stood on a dazzling all-white set dressed in a fluffy black cut-out dress, Hackney-born songstress Paloma Faith looked positively stunning as she opened her show at the Wolverhampton Civic last night.
Kicking off the evening by dancing alongside her three highly-talented backing singers to the opening of high-paced hit Take Me, the retro-style star entertained with her moves throughout the night, as she danced on top of the piano and got on her knees at the feet of her guitarists.
But it was truly her voice that was the subject of amazement. Belting out numbers such as Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Picking up the Pieces, the pint-sized R&B singer wowed fans with her unmistakably strong and powerful vocals, which were unwavering throughout.
This was best shown when Paloma took on a challenging cover of the legendary Tina Turner’s River Deep – Mountain High, a song which even the greats would have trouble covering. But Paloma performed it with ease – and perhaps even added a little extra soul to the classic hit.
And it’s not only a big voice which the little star boasts – but a big character too, as the down-to-earth outspoken singer made her views clear on the NHS, the unions and ‘the rich getting richer’.
“Only trouble is,” joked Paloma. “My mum says I’m one of them now.”
She also wasn’t afraid of commenting on the price of the £35 tickets either, which she said she felt proved less than good value for money, when she had to finish the show at 10.30pm.
But she ensured it was a night to remember. And with her lively stage presence and jaw-dropping vocals, one would have never have guessed the star had been on a drip in hospital just over a week prior to show.
“It was the best celebrity diet ever,” said Paloma.
“It must be what Lady Gaga’s on – that’s the conclusion I’ve reached with how slim she is.”
As the audience laughed and warmly cheered for star, Paloma went on to make a promise to return on tour in March – ‘with all the hits and hopefully some new music’.
If you haven't seen the star before it’s a show not to be missed.
By Kirsten Rawlins