Corinne Bailey Rae [2 CD]

Corinne Bailey Rae [2 CD]

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by Corinne Bailey Rae

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Trying to pigeonhole this British songstress is a little like trying to capture a runaway stream of mercury -- dub her a soul singer, and she goes off on a jazz tangent; decide she's a balladeer, and she'll belt out a brassy party-starter. That fluidity is mighty impressive, but it wouldn't mean a thing if Ms. Bailey Rae didn't have the staggering amount of swing that…  See more details below


Trying to pigeonhole this British songstress is a little like trying to capture a runaway stream of mercury -- dub her a soul singer, and she goes off on a jazz tangent; decide she's a balladeer, and she'll belt out a brassy party-starter. That fluidity is mighty impressive, but it wouldn't mean a thing if Ms. Bailey Rae didn't have the staggering amount of swing that she imparts to the tunes on this, her acclaimed debut. "Put Your Records On," a bright and breezy celebration of music -- making it, listening to it, letting it creep into all parts of one's life -- is a pretty good indication of where the singer-songwriter is coming from, with its slowly percolating grooves and warm, inviting vocals. Rae's supple voice slips sensually through the verses of invitingly intimate tracks like the disc-opening "Like a Star" and burrows into the darker recesses of " 'Till It Happens to You" -- a track that reveals her familiarity with the classic works of Billie Holiday -- using her husky lower register to plow through the heavy emotional terrain. She certainly knows her way around that territory, but she also knows enough about it to recognize that listeners are generally more content to walk the sunnier side of the street -- and that's exactly where she takes them on songs like the beckoning "Call Me when You Get This," a track that finds her cozying up in a light blanket of meticulously arranged brass and reeds. She's been likened to singers as varied as Norah Jones and Sade -- and while those analogies make some sense on first listen, it doesn't take long to realize that Corinne Bailey Rae is a unique talent who merits a category all to herself.

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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. [In early 2007, EMI reissued the album with a bonus disc featuring six new tracks and two remixes. Highlights include Amp Fiddler's stylish rework of "Enchantment," Rae's soft cover version of Björk's "Venus as a Boy," and her even softer take on the Editors' previously juiced hit "Munich." Fans of her debut would be cheating themselves if they didn't hear these clever tracks, so they should probably consider re-buying the album or hitting the download shops for these worthwhile add-ons.]
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
[Rae'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.
Boston Globe - Joan Anderman
[A] delightful album.... Rae's been blessed with a drowsy, lovely instrument and gifted with effortless soul that lifts tunes like "Call Me When You Get This" high above their breezy undertow.
Los Angeles Times - Natalie Nichols
A freshly minted soul artist whose breezy tunes stylishly blend modern and retro touches, ruminating without cliché on love lost, found and eagerly pursued.
San Francisco Chronicle - Lee Hildebrand
Her maiden voyage on disc...promises to make Rae one of the most talked-about new pop faces to arrive on this side of the pond in 2006.
Hartford Courant - Dan Leroy
[Grade: A-] The fragile "Like a Star" and "Choux Pastry Heart" are Rae at her best, tapping into the same ethereal vibe [Erykah] Badu once exploited so well.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corinne Bailey Rae   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,spanish guitar,Music Box
Jess Bailey   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
John Beck   Keyboards
Rod Bowkett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Andrew Hale   Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Kenji Jammer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Lewinson   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Alex Bennett   Keyboards,Melodica,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
Steve Brown   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Cara Robinson   Background Vocals
Aubrey Nunn   Bass Guitar
Tommy D.   Keyboards
Oroh Angiama   Bass,Double Bass
Steve Bush   Bass,Electric Guitar
Dan Carey   Guitar,Keyboards
Paul Herman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Malcolm Strachan   Trumpet
Jason Rae   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jim Corry   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Chrisanthou   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,spanish guitar

Technical Credits

Rod Bowkett   Producer
Sara Carter   Producer,Engineer
Colin Emmanuel   Engineer
Andrew Hale   Programming,Producer
Gavyn Wright   String Director
Yvonne Ellis   Programming,Engineer
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Will Malone   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Steve Brown   Producer,Engineer
Darren Lewis   Artwork
Ian Duncan   Programming,Engineer
Tommy D.   Producer,Remixing,drum programming
Steve Bush   Programming,Producer
George Thomas   Producer,Engineer
Paul Herman   Producer,drum programming
Ariana Morgenstern   Producer
Jimmy Hogarth   Producer
Daniel Hope   Engineer
Corinne Bailey Rae   Producer,Remixing
Quinton Roebuck   Vocal Engineer
Amp Fiddler   Remixing
Steve Chrisanthou   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Horn Samples

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Corinne Bailey Rae 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album!!! I discovered her while on vacation in Paris and coming back to the states I can't stop talking about her or listnening to her music. Come on board the gravy train you definitely will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally ran across Corinne Bailey Rae by chance. While watching Grey's Anatomy there was a scene in which they played the song Like A Star. After hearing this I was hooked and had to find out who song it. This girl is just as the title states simply a breath of fresh air. She has a sound and style that is truly her own. The WHOLE album is awesome, every track is substantial with absolutely no filler tracks what so ever. Just let it play from beginning to end. I can't state how much I love this album. This album gets better each time I listen to it. So if you are looking for something that doesn't sound like the same ole run of the mill give this one a try. I think you will like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There isn't one song I don't like on this refreshing album. Corinne's sound is unique and if you're looking for something new I definately recommend this album. I've been on the look out for a new sound and came across this album's reviews and thought I'd give it a try and see for myself. I'm really glad I did, I listen to it all the time. I recommend this album to all I meet that are tired of the radio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome! I have a hard time finding good artists like this. If you like Joss Stone, Sarah McLachlan, Michelle Branch or Etta James, you will LOVE this CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the Hip-Hop, Rap, and freak Rock and Roll music out there this CD is a welcome change. How refreshing. This CD is like that first flower you see when spring is emerging.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's relaxing and invigorating, it is on "repeat" in my cd player. A welcome oasis where you can just recharge your batteries and move to the groove. Great album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard CBR on "Live with Regis and Kelly", and thought she had a good voice and a catchy song in "Put Your Records On". Little did I know that I'd find an artist of maturity and depth with a lilting voice that reminds me of a lazy summer day. "Records" and "Like A Star" are standouts, but the entire album is great. If you're looking for something new, this charming album from CBR will make you smile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Cool, Classic & Perfectly Cut" is the only thing to say about this work of art created by Ms. Bailey Rae - RoKsta Inc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never liked all of the tracks on one cd when listening to it for the first time. This cd was a great addition to my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard anything from CBR but saw good reviews and decided to take a chance and purchase the cd. I am very happy with my purchase. I went as far as to leave a message on my brother's cell phone telling him to look into Ms. Rae. I can't see anyone being disappointed with this album. What a wonderful way to break into the industry. I don't doubt her staying power at all and look forward to future projects by her or featuring her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bailey Rae's unique and haunting voice is not to be disputed- Her producer is a bit heavy on the drum backgrounds and annoying voice-overs
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great CD. Corinne Bailey Rae's music is refreshing. She simply has an amazing voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Put your records on" gets me up and dancing with a fake microphone in my hand every time I hear it. I bought several CDs the other day and hers is the only one I have been playing over and over. Her voice is sweet and infectious, at times raspy, stoned-like as in Sly and the Family Stone "Its a family affair". Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this CD to everyone. It's wonderful and I love Corinne's beautiful voice. Don't take my word for it though... listen to it yourself! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had bypassed this album numerous times either in stores or here online. I really wasn’t going to pick this up till a friend recommended this album to me. Bailey Rae, to me, seems very retro but still contemporary, to the point that she’s hard to tie down to one genre. She entails colorful, thoughtful lyrics that ache of love not quite there, balance by youthful optimism with a hint of disappointment. While listening to this I also realize that she's weaker on up tempos but stronger on ballads. On this project the tracks that stood out to me are "Enchantment" owed to its smooth jazz tempo, "Trouble Sleeping" with it’s R&B/pop ballad, "Breathless" due to its beautiful tempo as well as “Like A Star" and "Butterfly", with the last one not only being the best of the bunch, but the one that ultimately showcases Bailey Rae's lyrics. The single, "Put Your Records On", is one great mid-tempo ditty that's easy to sing along to, but certainly lacks some of the depth of the other material. The lyrics on this one trumpet free spirited innocence and self-discovery, but don't really say much more than you've heard before from similar artists. To her credit, she maintains a good consistency throughout this album by using one main producer. However, as a singer, her voice can sometimes get lost in busier arrangements, if she's not careful. Her delivery, while dripping with personality, can lack an intensity that a vocalist needs to command the ear of the listener. On "Call Me When You Get This", one of few up tempos, the track almost runs her over which you can find yourselves bored by whatever she's singing about. Hopefully, with her stardom, record company, and those in her corner they will allow her to stay the path set before her and give her the time and space to continue to mature and flourish. Her self-titled album is certainly worth the price of admission for those seeking well crafted contemporary soul. At the end of this note, I too recommend this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare occassions in when at very first note, I'm instantly a fan. I love this album. This is so refreshing. I am grateful to have had the experience to hear it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got an iPod for Channukah and this was the first thing i loaded on. I listen to it every day and I'm not tired of it yet. It's awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd so much. Every song on the album is compelling and the lyrics are so poetic. Trouble Sleeping and Call Me When You Get This are my fav tracks. Corinne 's lazy, angelic voice is so delighful to hear. Butterfly made a few tears run down my face. I definitely recommend this cd for anywho understands, appreciates, and is longing for REAL music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the CD from the fist song to the last song. I do believe she should have won the Grammy for new artist. Her music touched me in so many ways. Made me think of my youthful days, love lost, things that might have been, life, loneliness, togetherness, happiness. So may emotions that it's breathing!
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