Corinne Bailey Rae, soul-jazz singer and infamous Loiner (a person who hails from Leeds!) has returned after a two-year hiatus with her new album “The Sea,” the follow-up to her 2006 eponymous debut album.
Bailey Rae found success both in the UK and in the USA with the feel good hit “Put Your Records On,” which, for many, became the pop anthem of 2006, and the languid ballad “Like A Star.” Her self-titled album “Corinne Bailey Rae” went straight to number one in the UK album charts and sold over a million copies in the US. After a whirlwind year of touring and achieving phenomenal success, including 4 Grammy Award nominations for her solo work, Bailey Rae ended on a high, headlining the Jazzworld Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2007. Sadly, this high was shattered by the death of her husband in early 2008.
Corinne returns with a new album entitled “The Sea,” an openly more serious second album that has been greeted with much critical acclaim for her artistic growth. Some quarters have drawn comparisons with Jeff Buckley to her new music. The album charts Bailey Rae’s journey through her grief and tragic loss, never offering any answers but encouraging the listener to find “beauty and grace even in the darkness.”
Album highlights include the hauntingly beautiful opening track and first single from the album, “Are You Here,” the poignant “I’d Do It All Again,” the funky “The Blackest Lily,” the sweetly nostalgic-yet-upbeat “Paris Nights/New York Mornings,” and title track “The Sea.”
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