STYLE: R&B RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161026-23954 LABEL: Virgin CDV3147 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
The first full length release for six years and her third in total, Leeds-born singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae's new album is an inventive and absorbing piece of work that seems to defy definition. With a delightfully minimalist electronica feel to proceedings, Rae and her trademark melancholy-tinged vocals kick things off in abstract fashion with "The Skies Will Break" which sets the scene for a number of songs that hint at matters spiritual - albeit without naming names - with the likes of the hopeful "Walk On", "Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart" and the stirring "Stop Where You Are" being cases in point. Elsewhere, the contemplative "Caramel" may very well be the closest Rae gets to a worship song whilst the Prince-like "Been To The Moon" and the wistful "Green Aphrodisiac" typify the sheer musical assuredness of a release that surprises at every turn. Naturally lighter in mood than her previous outing 'The Sea' which dealt with the untimely death of her husband, this is still a million miles away from the breezy feel of her 2006 breakthrough hit "Put Your Records On" - all of which is a good thing and ultimately showcases Rae's ever-increasing maturity as a songwriter and performer.
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