Corinne Bailey Rae [Bonus Track]

Corinne Bailey Rae [Bonus Track]

by Corinne Bailey Rae
     
 

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When songstress Corinne Bailey Rae released her sashaying single "Put Your Records On" in her native U.K. it was a feel-good adult alternative phenomenon -- a kind of Norah Jones, Joss Stone, David Gray, or Macy Gray phenomenon. One listen to her breakout

Overview

When songstress Corinne Bailey Rae released her sashaying single "Put Your Records On" in her native U.K. it was a feel-good adult alternative phenomenon -- a kind of Norah Jones, Joss Stone, David Gray, or Macy Gray phenomenon. One listen to her breakout soft soul anthem and it's easy to hear why, since Rae is a mix of all the above but not a contrived one concocted by some major label's scientist. Her self-titled debut sounds a wee rushed and sometimes meanders its way into background music territory, but this comfortable effort is pleasingly homegrown, warm, and poignant in parts, especially when Rae doesn't weaken her strong lyrics with space-filling "doo de do do do"s and "mmmmmmm"s. So if she doesn't make an Alicia Keys-size splash with her debut, she's still a breath of fresh air, and hardly a one-hit wonder. It's risky to open an album with a lazy ballad, but the great "Like a Star" paints Rae as Billie Holiday's pop-influenced granddaughter. Mellowing Style Council or Brand New Heavies fans should dig "Trouble Sleeping," while "Butterfly" beautifully captures the full range of emotions that come with leaving the nest. The well-written and direct "Butterfly" suggests Rae could release a more accomplished full-length someday, but attention to "feel" often seems like the driving force in this album's creation. Adjust your expectations accordingly and Rae's languid debut is very rewarding. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006843486
catalogNumber:
66600
Rank:
204339

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Tracks

  1. Like a Star
  2. Enchantment
  3. Put Your Records On
  4. Till It Happens to You
  5. Trouble Sleeping
  6. Call Me When You Get This
  7. Choux Pastry Heart
  8. Breathless
  9. I'd Like To
  10. Butterfly
  11. Seasons Change
  12. Another Rainy Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corinne Bailey Rae   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,spanish guitar
Rod Bowkett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar
Andrew Hale   Piano
Steve Brown   Background Vocals,Various,Sampling
Jason Rae   Alto Saxophone
Steve Chrisanthou   Electric Guitar
Paul Siddal   Keyboards
Colin Waterman   Drums

Technical Credits

John Beck   Composer
Rod Bowkett   Composer
Tommy D   Audio Production
Andrew Hale   Programming
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Steve Bush   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer,Audio Production
Corinne Bailey Rae   Composer
Steve Chrisanthou   Composer,Programming
Teitur Lassen   Composer
Marc Nelkin   Composer

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