Grammy Winner Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Sea' Set For Jan. 26 Release
"Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound," said The Times of one of her recent London performances. "'Are You Here' was a spiraling elegy in which she eschewed lyrical enunciation in favor of elemental anguish… 'I'd Do It All Again' swelled with Jeff Buckley-style vocal flutters, sometimes small and bruised, sometimes huge and searching. And 'Love's On Its Way' was more powerful still as Rae… channeled a burst of turbulent mysticism that evoked Van Morrison circa 'Astral Weeks.'" Early U.K. album reviews have also been glowing, with The Observer noting: "Although 'The Sea' has many hues it is dyed deep in pain… Now [it] is shaping up to be Bailey Rae's own 'Back To Black', a rewarding hit built on pain." The Sun declared it a "five star album that has already secured a place on the Best of 2010 lists" while the Evening Standard said: "Corinne Bailey Rae's music has taken a great leap forward."
She will tour extensively in 2010, backed by many of the musicians who played on the new album. "The Sea" was co-produced by Bailey Rae with Steve Brown, and Steve Chrisanthou, who produced many of the songs on her self-titled debut album, which entered the U.K. album chart at #1 in June 2006. Stateside, she was the first British female singer-songwriter in decades to have her debut album enter The Billboard 200 in the Top 20. Within the year, Bailey Rae had won a Q award, a MOJO award, an Image award and two MOBO awards and appeared on a host of television shows, including "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America" and "Ellen."
Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy awards – "Record Of The Year" and "Song Of The Year" for her first single, "Put Your Records On," and "Best New Artist." Her remarkable performance on the 2007 Grammy Awards telecast propelled her album into the Top 5 of The Billboard 200. The following year, "Like A Star," her second single, was nominated for "Song Of The Year" and Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, on which Corinne appeared, won the Grammy for "Album Of The Year."
Tracklisting for "The Sea":
1. Are You Here
2. I'd Do It All Again
3. Feels Like The First Time
4. The Blackest Lily
6. Love's On Its Way
7. I Would Like To Call It Beauty
8. Paris Nights/New York Mornings
9. Paper Dolls
10. Diving For Hearts
11. The Sea
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