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The Sea

Corinne Bailey Rae

The Sea

Second soul/R&B album from Leeds singer-songwriter informed by death of her husband Jason Rae

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  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Corinne Bailey Rae has completed a remarkable comeback, against titanic odds, and for that she should be applauded. But to do it with a record as powerful as this is extraordinary
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

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  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Even allowing for occasional swoops into blandish neo-soul, Rae has made an album she'll have trouble bettering
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    It's an impressive example of a performer growing up in public
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  5. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    ...she expresses an inspirational warmth, honest talent and humble grace of a woman who’s paying tribute to a love with the power to “outrun the sadness
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    She has been listening, apparently, to Sly Stone and Curtis Mayfield, and has taken on board the way Nina Simone could flick a switch between absent-minded harmonising and entering the abyss
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  7. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    The Sea is simultaneously sweet, poignant and, more than anything, quietly inspiring.
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Unquestionably, The Sea confirms Bailey Rae as a near-major talent, although the price she's had to pay is surely too great. All we can do is wish her wel
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    ...this singular album is saturated in feeling and graced by superior musicianship
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  10. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    The prettifying that made CBR’s debut too polite for some tastes has all but disappeared here
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  11. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The whole album, she tells us, was made to try and impress Jason Bruce Rae. It can’t fail
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  12. 7.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    ...throughout The Sea her vocals have taken on a smoky quality that lends depth to even the more lightweight material
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Fragile arrangements - guitar, auto-harp, orchestra - suggest indie rock... as much as R&B
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  14. 7.0 |   PopMatters album of sultry grooves and deep emotion, on which Rae finds a kind of peace—if only in beautifully embracing her art again, amid loss and mystery
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  15. 6.0 |   Spin

    The mournful ballads are achingly pretty, but Rae is most compelling when trying to distract herself from her loss
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  16. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    A whole ocean of grief and pain worked out mainly in the soothing soul-pop tones which first brought Bailey Rae success
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  17. 6.0 |   The Times

    ...the best moments, notably the heartbreaking flutter of Love’s On its Way, have a transcendent power. It’s good to have her back
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

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  19. 6.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

    Like its physical namesake, The Sea is capable of being dull and flat, but at its most winning it provides glimpses of a new horizon shining beyond the riptides of pain and sorrow
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  20. 5.0 |   NME

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  • 1. Are You Here N/A
  • 2. I'd Do It All Again N/A
  • 3. Feels Like The First Time N/A
  • 4. The Blackest Lily N/A
  • 5. Closer N/A
  • 6. Love's On Its Way N/A
  • 7. I Would Like To Call It Beauty N/A
  • 8. Paris Nights/ New York Mornings N/A
  • 9. Paper Dolls N/A
  • 10. Diving For Hearts N/A
  • 11. The Sea N/A
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