The Sea

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After selling four million copies of her debut album, an effort filled with her precious brand of neo-soul and the uplifting hit "Put Your Records On," singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae lost her husband Jason Rae suddenly and took two years off to grieve and recover before returning with her second effort, The Sea. On the album's opener "Are You Here," lyrics like "Wait till you see those eyes" and "He'll kiss you make you feel sixteen" suggest she's just fallen in love, but the fascinating idea behind The Sea is that it never explains itself, even if there's a new richness in Rae's soft and oh-so-tender voice that suggests something has changed deep inside. As such, ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After selling four million copies of her debut album, an effort filled with her precious brand of neo-soul and the uplifting hit "Put Your Records On," singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae lost her husband Jason Rae suddenly and took two years off to grieve and recover before returning with her second effort, The Sea. On the album's opener "Are You Here," lyrics like "Wait till you see those eyes" and "He'll kiss you make you feel sixteen" suggest she's just fallen in love, but the fascinating idea behind The Sea is that it never explains itself, even if there's a new richness in Rae's soft and oh-so-tender voice that suggests something has changed deep inside. As such, the song's "What's it even mean?" question could be the beginning of a love affair or a tragedy, but the following "I'd Do It All Again" is even trickier, as post-argument lyrics written before her husband's tragic loss "You're searching for something I know/Won't make you happy" take on new meaning . Further confusing the matter, throughout the album the singer speaks of her love in the present tense. Then there are the numbers that come from left field, like the slithering, funky "The Blackest Lilly," which struts like a sexy Rolling Stones song while pulling inspiration from Philadelphia's neo-soul party, the Black Lily. It comes to a moving end with the title track, a masterful piece that looks back through generations of loss and the majestic ocean of time that "Breaks everything/Crushes everything/Cleans everything." If it all seems incongruous, so is the recovery process Rae must face, and the album's cycle of mourning, returning to work, aching, fondly reminiscing, yearning, and then back again won't be unfamiliar to anyone who has lost someone close. It doesn't offer any answers, but The Sea is a testament to Rae's artistic growth as it provides comfort to those left on the wistful side of eternal love, and insight to those who are not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099960937827
  • Catalog Number: 9378
  • Sales rank: 13,185

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corinne Bailey Rae Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, spanish guitar, Stylophone
Julie Edwards Violin
Bob Birch Piano
John Burr Harmonica
James Poyser Organ
Myke Wilson Drums
Sam Bell Conga
Steve Guy Horn Engineer
Nia Bevan Violin, Leader
?uestlove Tambourine
Semay Wu Cello
Jane Coyle Viola
Luke Flowers Drums
Adam Blackstone Bass
Barnaby Dickinson Trombone
Liam Duffy French Horn
John Hart Bass Trombone
David Pearson Guitar
Gareth Lockrane Flute
Paul Farr Electric Guitar
Kenny Higgins Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Mike Feingold Electric Guitar
Nick Burns Cello
Adam Robinson Violin
Malcolm Straehan Flugelhorn
Ben Cotterell Horn Engineer
Freddie August Violin
Helen Tongue Violin
Leeds University Liturgical Choir Choir, Chorus
Garrath Beckwith Bass Trombone
Seb Roachford Drums
Freddie Augus Leader
Melanie Purves Conductor
Catherine Barnecutt Viola
John McCalhun Guitar
Catherine Barneeutt Viola
Eryl Roberts Drums
Kate Pelling Violin
Levin Jones Violin
James Pattinson Violin
Ian Bone Violin
Lucie Barnicoat Violin
Melinda Gourlay Cello
David Tollington French Horn
Simon Denton Cello, Soloist
Lara Rose Background Vocals
Sally Bell Viola
Raymond Lester Viola
Ruth Bingham Cello
Steve "Billy" Buckley Bass, Guitar
David Coyle Horn Engineer
Jennifer Birch Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
James Poyser Producer
Carol Jarvis Orchestration, String Contractor
Ray Staff Mastering
Nia Bevan String Contractor
?uestlove Producer
Alex Cowper Artwork
Corinne Bailey Rae Composer, Producer, Choir Arrangement
Matthew Kettle Engineer
Steve Chrisanthou Producer, Engineer
Melanie Purves Orchestration, String Contractor, Horn Conductor
Philip Rae Composer
Jennifer Birch Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SHe continues to write and perform beautiful music

    Corinne Bailey Rae is as beautiful as ever. A thought provoking work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    you have to listen it!

    Very good Cd, very emotional! very smooth music, very powerful. I have a preference for the firts and the last track. I listen to them again and again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    She's Back!

    It was good hearing Corinne Bailey Rae sing again. After the loss of her husband I wasn't sure that we would ever hear from her again. She has such a soothing voice and the music is just relaxing and enjoyable to listen to.

    I lover her and I wish her all the best with the new CD. Beautiful music from a beautiful woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Song Bird Corinne

    We enjoyed this CD -- she does have a great voice. Her last album was better, but this one is worth having if you're a fan.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Rae Of Sunshine

    What a delightfully poignant album. It's both saddening and joyful. The conflicts of those emotions provide the listener with a cryptic yet understandable balance of Rae's feeling about the death of her husband and the thereafter. It's a difficult thing to explain, even categorized, it just is. It also makes for wonderful fuel to launch this album into orbit.

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