By Cheryl Boone
Virginia Beach, VA
In February 2006, a little known British artist emerged on the scene with her self-entitled CD, “Corinne Bailey Rae”. Showcasing a blend of R&B and Jazz, she quickly became a household favorite with “Like a Star” and “Put Your Records On”. Fast forward 4 years later and Corinne is back after experiencing tremendous success and devastating, tragic personal loss and heartache with “The Sea”. “The Sea” contains 11 tracks that are as deep, temperamental and expressive as the body of water itself.
The first track, “Are You There” is a tribute to Rae’s late husband Jason, and with lyrics that are full of love and admiration she sings, “He’s a real live wire; he’s the best of his kind/wait to see those eyes”. On “I’d Do It All Again” she tells that even though love can be painful, she has hope for it and is optimistic while “Feels Like The First Time” paints a picture of a less than perfect love affair.
Elements of Rae’s early love of both rock and “church” music are demonstrated on “The Blackest Lily”. Strong organ, rock guitar and a heavy drum solo are evident but not overshadowing of Rae’s soft, easy voice. “Closer” portrays seduction of a lover as she sings “I want you to travel with me; lay loose and let your mind go free”. For an upbeat tempo, take a listen to “Paris Nights/New York Mornings”. The CDs title track, “The Sea” passionately displays grief, loss, despair and heartache and how after losing someone, things are never the quite the same.
Corinne Bailey Rae really puts herself out there as she becomes transparent, expressing emotions most try to suppress. Her work on “The Sea” is beautiful and it’s sure to be another winner for her.