13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Corinne Bailey Rae sounds buoyant and spirited on her 2010 sophomore effort, where the attractive intricacies of her songwriting appear in the subtle contrasts. With lyrics musing on her late partner Jason Rae, “I’d Do It All Again” waxes mournful against breezy melodies, uplifting midtempo beats, and her honeyed voice singing about that age-old adage where it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. She has stated in interviews that “Are You Here” was almost shelved due to its personal and intimate nature. It's lucky for her fans that this gorgeous song opens the album, setting the tone with a beauty balanced in adoration and adversity—Rae’s voice breaks in all the right spots over a pocket orchestra comprising indie guitar pop, psychedelic tinged baroque pop, and neo-soul. “The Blackest Lilly” pulls from the latter with rootsy instruments, a danceable groove (replete with a cowbell), and some classic guitar licks that even make use of a Peter Frampton–style talk box.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Corinne Bailey Rae sounds buoyant and spirited on her 2010 sophomore effort, where the attractive intricacies of her songwriting appear in the subtle contrasts. With lyrics musing on her late partner Jason Rae, “I’d Do It All Again” waxes mournful against breezy melodies, uplifting midtempo beats, and her honeyed voice singing about that age-old adage where it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. She has stated in interviews that “Are You Here” was almost shelved due to its personal and intimate nature. It's lucky for her fans that this gorgeous song opens the album, setting the tone with a beauty balanced in adoration and adversity—Rae’s voice breaks in all the right spots over a pocket orchestra comprising indie guitar pop, psychedelic tinged baroque pop, and neo-soul. “The Blackest Lilly” pulls from the latter with rootsy instruments, a danceable groove (replete with a cowbell), and some classic guitar licks that even make use of a Peter Frampton–style talk box.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
Only1Sunshine ,

Beautiful Artist

Extremely underrated!!! Voice is truly amazing and you can't help but love her

Mark Tiscareno ,

The Sea - Corrine Bailey Rae

Released two years after the death of her husband this album is both touching and a worthy follow-up to her first album. As I understand it the album contains songs written before and after her loss and the emotion is apparent. I'm very glad to have found this and hope we hear more soon. As a note, she sings a song on the new Paul McCartney tribute album with Bob Dylan, etc.

Mr. Titanic ,

Beautifully elegant

Love it. So somber and romantic.

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