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  • Album Review: Corinne Bailey Rae ‘The Sea’

    Corinne Bailey Rae
    The Sea
    Capitol Records


    Corinne Bailey Rae is a brilliant English singer-songwriter with a golden set of pipes. Her breakout self-titled album released in 2006 (Corinne Bailey Rae) was followed by a very successful world tour over the following year. However, disheartening personal events after the tour caused the Leeds native to become a recluse for the better part of two years. Rae’s recently released sophomore album The Sea (January 2010) is deeply impassioned and nearly naked at times, yet rings true with the celebration of life, love, and everything in between.

    More on the recent record The Sea and Corinne Bailey Rae’s upcoming North American tour after the jump…

    In a recent interview with the Guardian, Corinne mentions, “With The Sea, I was just thinking about loss… How one event that big could colour your life, bleed into everything else and force you into a certain shape.”

    Rae’s new record seems to resonate with a more serious tone than her previous singles like the playful “Girl Put Your Records On,” or the wishful “Just Like A Star.” Made much differently than the artist’s earlier work, The Sea was recorded with a live band playing alongside Corinne in the studio. The use of session musicians recording simultaneously with Rae helped to round out her evolved and matured sound in a way that would not have fit previously.

    Corinne’s voice is still smoother than butter, save for the heavier feel in a majority of the songs. This album is definitely more emotionally driven than her previous self-titled album. Yet, the UK singer-songwriter does not forget about the soul inspiring lyrics and powerful melodies which originally garnered such attention.

    Corinne Bailey Rae will be on tour promoting The Sea starting April 9th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This marks the singer’s first North American tour in three years. The spring trek wraps up near the end of July. Rae is currently set to play The Vic Theatre in Chicago on April 22nd. Enter for a chance to score a pair of FREE tickets through the venue’s website located here.

    You could know: “Just Like A Star” from Corinne Bailey Rae

    You should know: “Closer” from The Sea


    Written by: Blake Russell

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