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The Sea

1 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Jan 2010
  • Release Date: 26 Jan 2010
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 42:42
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  • ASIN: B0034ZE23O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,921 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dave on 10 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
a simply gorgeous album , grabs your attention from the first song to the last and leaves you wanting to listen to it over and over again.infact thats all i have been doing since i purchased the cd, the songs are in my head constantly hard to choose a fave but if i had to it would be the sea followed by paris nights. a lot of albums i disregard after a while this aint gonna be one.....love it its just so good..update 6th october 2010 still feel the same way about this album has i did when i purchased it earlier this year infact love it more if ever that was possible. there is not a day goes by i dont listen to this album for me its become a classic lots of albums i purchase come and go this will be one i will keep forever. the best release this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Holmes on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Whereas CBR's first album was put in the 'pop' category by many, with its bright and breezy tunes, this album is so much more mature and weightier in emotion. For me, it's better for that, more heartfelt and personal.

CBR draws on a greater range of musical influences than previously so there's more to engage with on each listen. In places her voice rises and swells effortlessly and in other places it is entangled and caught in painful undergrowth. This contrast only increases the albums authenticity and connection with the listener. The emotional journey reaches its peak on Love's On Its Way which builds to a great crescendo. There's more noticeable percussion and guitar work to admire on this album than on her debut and the string arrangements where they appear are just delicious.

Given the turbulence of CBR's last few years this is a courageous album that cannot fail to stir the listener. I hope that 'The Sea' reaches the end of 2010 as an album of the year.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T. G. Simpson on 25 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having been keen on CBR since her amazing appearance on Later with Jools she has followed up the debut album with a mixed bag of melodies that fortunately brings her back into the fold. I felt that after her partners death that she would fade away. Thank God she hasn't. The album starts with Are You Here which is melancholic with a fragility in her voice that is both tender and touching, almost mournful, but the second track I'd do it all again sees her begin to wind up the immense sensitivity in her voice. Tracks 3,4 & 5 are rockier with CBR showing the full range of her talents, shades of blues, shades of soul diva and shades of the torch singer emerge. Closer is an absolute cracker of a track. Fortunately my album/record/CD/MP3 collection features a diversity of music where CBR sometimes epitomises Dionne Warwick, Etta James, Ella Fitz etc with the haunting melodies with fantastic backing musicians. I've now played this album at least a dozen times and each time it gets better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Killin on 3 April 2010
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I rarely purchase albums these days (what with file-sharing and mp3s) but after seeing Corinne's performance of 'I'd Do It All Again' on Jools Holland at the end of last year I knew this album would be incredible. It was similar to the feeling I had when I first heard 'Like A Star' from her first album. She just seems to have that effect on me.

It's inescapable that this album is coloured by the tragic loss of her husband Jason in early 2008. Even the songs written before his death seem melancholy and tinged with grief. Anyone who appreciates Corinne's beautifully soulful music will love this album. It's certainly a lot heavier than her first (how could it fail to be, given what has happened to her?) but she's only got better in the intervening time between the two and has grown both as a songwriter and as a musician. Several tracks made me cry but the stand-outs for me are Are You Here, I'd Do It All Again, Feels Like The First Time, Love's On It's Way and The Sea. That's basically half the album. Are You Here in particular reminded me of Jeff Buckley. Is there a higher accolade in music?

I have to say I wasn't such a fan of The Blackest Lily and Paper Dolls which seem to drift into rock territory. Quiet, reverent soul is what Rae does best and, thankfully, she sticks to it for the majority of this album. I've had it on repeat for days and I never do that with albums, only with songs. The sleeve notes also include all the lyrics (which is always appreciated) and several beautiful pieces of photography. The whole piece hangs together really well. Buy it and you'll keep coming back to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JackieSouthWales on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't possibly be as eloquent as some of the previous reviewers, and I don't want to repeat anything, but...

...this record is simply superb. Heartbreaking - and uplifting - lyrics, fabulously inventive music played by real musicians. And, of course, Corinne's unique voice; both in her songwriting and her performance.

My favourite tracks? The more I hear it, the more join the list. I'd do it All Again is the obvious leader of the pack, as we've heard it and seen it performed, majestically, more than the others. Are You Here makes me cry as soon as it begins, and if you know Corinne's backstory - as most of us now do - it's impossible not to. Closer is just so funky and sexy. Diving for Pearls is as dramatic as you've ever heard her. And The Sea is simply sublime.

My favourite album of the past decade was Back in Black by Amy Winehouse. Not any more.

Welcome back, Mrs Rae. Keep on doing what you're doing.
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