by Tabby Smart

Paloma Faith and BRIT Rising Star winners The Last Dinner Party are heading to Yorkshire as part of their nationwide tour.

Paloma is appearing at Millennium Square in Leeds on July 7, as well as York Barbican on May 12 and Sheffield on April 9.

The Last Dinner Party is playing the 02 Academy in Leeds on September 24 and at the Sheffield Octagon on September 25.

I have had the opportunity to review the new albums of these two great performers, courtesy of Chuff Media …

Paloma Faith’s latest offering, The Glorification of Sadness is a masterpiece that captures the essence of her personal journey through heartbreak and re-invention.

The album, her sixth, is a bold and ferocious effort featuring a stellar line-up of collaborators, including Hollywood film composer Martin Wave, Chase and Status and Kojey Radical.

From the epic orchestration and the metal guitar solos of lead single How You Leave a Man, to the poignant orchestral ballad Divorce, the album navigates through the stages of grief, guilt, and reflection.

She goes beyond the realms of traditional singer-songwriter duties, curating not just the music but the entire visual and emotional landscape.
Her evocative lyrics, paired with rich instrumental arrangements, craft a captivating auditory journey.

A standout moment comes in the form of Eat S--- and Die, a brilliant fusion of defiant lyrics, deluxe house stylings, and Paloma’s trademark humour.
It’s a bold departure from the conventional breakup anthem, a witty and empowering retort to her past.

In the anthem Bad Woman, Paloma addresses societal pressures, infusing the track with her compelling vocals and unyielding conviction.

The album is cathartic in its 17 emotive songs, narrating the story of a Paloma Faith’s most recent long-term breakup with sincerity and openness using tracks such as Sweatpants and God in a Dress.

Also on the Yorkshire tour season is The Last Dinner Party, a band which has soared to new heights.

Their debut album is not merely a collection of songs; it’s a testament to the band’s emotional depth and artistic prowess. The first five singles released last year were led by the social media phenomenon Nothing Matters, which served as a sensational breakthrough into the rock world.

In the expansive 12-track album, The Last Dinner Party masterfully reshapes familiar singles like My Lady of Mercy and Caesar on a TV Screen, maintaining an unwavering artistic standard. The album’s monumental instrumentals, enriched with imaginative nuances in tracks such as Burn Alive.

Abigail Morris’s sharp vocal delivery finds a dynamic counterpart in guitarist Emily Roberts, creating a synergy that elevates each composition. From the nihilistic undertones of Nothing Matters to the gender-themed exploration in Feminine Urge, the album unfolds a mosaic of emotions and narratives.

The Last Dinner Party is hailed not just as a band but as a once-in-a-generation musical force, delivering a unique sonic experience with a debut that resonates with genuine artistry. Prelude to Ecstasy unveils a raw power that reaches its peak in the closing track Mirror, where Morris addresses the audience with unwavering conviction.

This band’ s ability to seamlessly fuse gothic romance and luxury in their musical palette has created a captivating rock world.

The album delves into themes of girlhood, intimacy, and disappointing relationships through a diverse range of musical styles.

The Last Dinner Party not only revives but reinvents a long- lost art in popular music. Glam, gothic, and gracious, their immersive and hedonistic sonic experience reflects authenticity.