Paloma Faith is back with her third album, A Perfect Contradiction, which is led off by the single Can’t Rely on You, which is produced by Pharrell Williams.
Diane Warren, Plan B, John Legend, Stewart Matthewman and Raphael Saadiq are among the other star names who also feature on the album.
As well the collaborators and as the older sounds she has always adored, Paloma channelled Eryka Badu and Jill Scott, The Fugees and N.E.R.D.
One of the benchmarks for the album was Candi Staton’s classic Young Hearts Run Free, a song in which she feels the lyrics speak of sadness, but the delivery leaves you feeling absolutely empowered.
“I’ve been reflecting on things that have been tough, but I’m almost celebrating that,” she said.
“If you haven’t been to the bottom, you wouldn’t be able to recognise how it feels to feel really amazing, after all.”