An unprecedentedly impressive morning for 2k14 pop music began with Lily Allen’s releasing of latest single, Air Balloon, and now continues with a first from fellow Londoner Paloma Faith’s upcoming third full-length, A Perfect Contradiction. Entitled Can’t Rely On You, and scribed in cahoots with a certain Pharrell Williams (who of course also features), the slight irony to the title is that Faith hasn’t always been the most reliable of pop stars in terms of her brassy, intermittently burlesque musical outpouring. Indeed, “persone vanno e vengono”, or ‘people come and go’ as she initially suggests in remarkably cogent Italian, before continuing: “Quando si alzerà il sipario, io sarò lì ad affrontare la folla.” That is to say that ‘when the curtain rises, I’ll be there facing the crowd’ and given the slippery, slinky funk shtick to Can’t Rely On You, she at last sounds ready to once again inject a vibrant brilliance into contemporary mainstream culture. Channeling her inner Janelle Monáe, she’ll begin singing: “How are you goin’ do love this way?/ I work so hard for you every day/ While you’re out, late night/ Doin’ what you do; chillin’ with who?/ While I’m sittin’ at home”, emancipating as a million copies of Hard Out Here, Williams’ riposte a despairing: “I don’t know what this world is coming to!” But with both Lily and Paloma back on form, all Faith in British pop music once more appears to be well-placed.
Can’t Rely On You is anticipated February 23 on RCA Records.