Paloma Faith: Don't cry 'Amy Winehouse rip-off!' just because she's awesome

paloma-faith_lUpon hearing smoky-voiced British import Paloma Faith, it’s a natural first reaction to want to compare her to Amy Winehouse. Much like her beehive-wearing colleague, Paloma’s got that woeful, soulful style that—unlike so many artists out there today—makes you actually feel something. But I’d urge you to ignore the whole Amy Winehouse allegory. This j’adorable chic stands on her own.

You see, thanks to a mix a friend put together (thanks again, Ru!), I recently happened upon Paloma’s haunting single “New York,” and it simply blew me away. This lady can sing, wailing through this tune that seems to chronicle a lover choosing the world’s greatest city over her. The opening and closing of the song are fairytale sweet with their childlike music-box chords. But it’s her soaring voice that made my hair stand on end. Her delivery is, in a word, intoxicating.

The first time I listened to “New York,” I was walking down bustling Seventh Avenue here in NYC, so I thought maybe the in-the-moment circumstances were altering my experience, and, thus, making me love it. But I tested the song elsewhere: “New York” stands up on the subway, in my apartment, and waiting in line at Uniqlo. Basically, everywhere.

One thing that surely sets Paloma apart from Winehouse is her delicious style, which finds her donning everything from bunny ears to the flirty get-up above. And her video for “New York,” which you can find after the jump, illustrates that even further, with her in the most gorgeous, strapless bowling-inspired dress. Her hair, too, while also an attribute comparable to Winehouse, sure is divine.

Unfortunately, Paloma’s album is only available as an import here in the U.S. right now, but you can enjoy her tunes and whatnot on her bubbling MySpace page. What do you think, Music Mix-ers? Were you already a fan of Paloma’s? Do you, like me, think we should ditch the Amy Winehouse comparisons? Do you love “New York”?

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  • charlotte

    I really like this song! I get why people might compare her to winehouse but I agree that she can stand alone. and I’m someone who really loves back to black. I can’t wait until Paloma’s track is available here!

  • Carmen

    What a great song. Paloma’s voice reminds me a little more of Lisa Stansfield than Amy Winehouse. I get the comparisons due to her personal style but it would be a shame if people just dismiss her as an Amy wannabe . Paloma is very talented. She has a rich and emotive voice that connected with the lyrics. When her album is available in the States I will definitely pick it up.

  • Cam

    Love the song. Is it me or does she sound a little like Erykah Badu?

  • Meghan

    loves it!

  • Ambee

    I think the chorus is exceptional. I love the little bit of repetition she does before she goes into it.

    The verse is a little iffy for me, but I’m only one listen in.

  • John

    Amy Winehouse rip off and ugly music.

    • Alyssa

      Obviously you haven’t taken the time to actually listen to her, maybe you should before you say she makes ‘Ugly’ music. And clearly she’s not a Winehouse rip off.

  • Jack

    She’s good but not even close to Winehouse quality. Plus, Winehouse is more than just a voice, she’s also a style. I agree she sounds more like Badu. But, not Badu quality. Another bad commentary from someone with not enough music listening experience. Please don’t compare her to Winehouse.

  • James

    Agree with you 100%! – PF seems born to entertain, whilst AW has always appeared reluctant to do so.

  • John Hancock

    The first time I heard her sing ‘New York’ on Jonathon Ross live on BBC America. I was blown away! This lady has talent.

  • David Bentley

    Jack, are you saying that Paloma Faith doesn’t have a style? It oozes out of her. And no-one needs to rack up ‘music listening experience points’ to make a comment on what they like. Considering this is her first album I reckon she is the most exciting talent to emerge this year.

  • Julia

    Well if we’re going to get into comparisons … she has something of the “style” of Lady Gaga, a dash of Badu’s voice, some large Winehouse-like tattoos … or perhaps we can just discard the comparisons and agree that she is unique and beautiful and oh-so-talented!! More, more, more! :)

  • chyron

    this chick sounds nothing like my friend she shounds like a wonnabee duffy her voce is good but she is not that great dont compare anyone to my absollute fav person on earth

  • Stuart Monk

    Hey, America!
    As a Brit who’s had the pleasure of seeing a full show by this talented young woman, let me assure you that the Winehouse comparison is press-created nonsense.
    For me, musical perfection lies in obscure soul singles from 60s Detroit and Chicago, so imagine my surprise to be playing Paloma’s CD on repeat.
    This is a great talent that I’d like to keep secret but is already big enough for the world (she’s on her way to Australia as I type!).
    Just wait, America – the songs are only half of it.

  • Mark Dearing

    Another Brit!

    I agree she has something of the show-womanship of Gaga, but comparisons with the sublime Winehouse are simply lazy.

    This lady is in a class of her own.

    She has a talent and style all her’s and she will be around for the long term. My advice is get on the band-wagon sooner rather than later.

    BTW love you Yanks!

  • Melanie

    There is no comparison between Paloma and Amy. I bought Paloma Faith’s (Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful) album as soon as it was released. Paloma Faith blows Amy Winehouse out of the water ten times over. Her music is clean, full of strength and absolutly beautiful. Where as Amy’s is dirty, full of sorrow, and could have been just as beautiful, however, we all know where that went. Paloma Faith stands out on her own when it comes to music, fashion, and appeal. She is a positive beauty.

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