Corinne Bailey Rae CD (2006)

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by conner on 7/18/2006

... You won't regret it! She has such a sothing voice and lyrics that actually make sense unlike some bands. She is a refreshing person in a world where real music is dead.

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on 8/29/2006

Nice easy listening

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Despite the fact that English vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae has the name of a country artist, and got her start playing in a grunge-inspired hard rock band, her self-titled debut is heavily steeped in 1970s-style soul and singer-songwriter intimacy. Rae's girlish, sultry voice might remind some listeners of Macy Gray, while the subtle shadings and jazzy textures of her tunes may bring to mind Nora Jones and Alicia Keys.

Yet Rae, who wrote or co-wrote each of the album's 11 tracks and provides much of the album's instrumentation as well, brings a distinctive stamp to the neo-soul formula. Her songwriting is strikingly personal and well-crafted, and her singing, which can be as cool as a Lester Young saxophone solo (the lilting "Like a Star") or as soulful and swinging as Sly Stone (the breakthrough single "Put Your Records On"), sets her apart from the pack. Corinne Bailey Rae is a solid and very promising debut.

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Label Capitol
SKU 202639850
UPC 094636636122
UPC 14 00094636636122
Format CD
Release Date 6/20/2006
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Author Corinne Bailey Rae
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ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Corinne Bailey Rae's debut was a number One hit in her native England, a fact that has U.S. bizzers buzzing about its potential with the adult-alternative crowd over here. The twenty-seven-year-old's voice suggests a warmer, less weird Macy Gray, and she uses it without a hint of diva showiness on breezy, sometimes sleepy songs that evoke girls sassing back and forth in the sweet summertime. The music-will-soothe-your-soul single "Put Your Records On" sets Brit- inflected coos over acoustic guitar and a hip-hop groove before opening into a chorus worthy of prime Stevie Wonder, and charmers like "Trouble Sleeping" are all dreamy swoons, lush accompaniment and fairly effective hooks. But the album is occasionally more interesting than her mellow mien would suggest: "Choux Pastry Heart" is full of evocative heartache, and the funked-out "I'd Like To" is a sharp sketch of urban life with a sexually charged chorus. Corinne Bailey Rae is as pop-wise as it is overly gentle and one to grow on.
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Reviewer Christian Hoard
ReviewRating 6
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Artist Rae,Corinne Bailey
Label Capitol Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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Blender Rae's music sticks in your mind like a pleasant scent you wish would linger.

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