Sea + 1 Extra tracks
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References are all to artists and albums that stand out as classics for all time: Curtis Mayfield, 'What's Going On' era Marvin Gaye, and especially Jeff Buckley, whose debut album could have been recorded at any time in the last forty years and yet still sounds contemporary. Oh, and I'm hearing a lot of The Cardigan's first album, 'Life', too... I happen to love that album, it got me over a great heartbreak.
And of course if you know anything about CBR you will know that this is a true heartbreak album. Very few pop musicians - strike that, very few PEOPLE - display the kind of unconditional love that Corinne clearly had for her husband Jason Rae. To have that person taken away from you by an early and accidental death gives one an experience so alien that there is a danger that The Sea (informed by the death of her grandfather as well as her husband) will leave the rest of us staring in at Corinne Bailey Rae from outside the bubble.
That this is not the case is truly remarkable. The music is complex, yet homespun; intelligent AND emotional; deep, yet light. It's all there on display if you want it, but it's also a beautiful piece of music. The other remarkable thing is that the album is self-written without the ubiquitous co-writers of the debut.
Joyfully, the album starts well and after a slightly languid middle section gets better and better. The final triple whammy of Paper Dolls (as disposably fun as it gets), Diving for Hearts (rock!Read more ›
'The Sea' has been a challenge to her in every possible way.
Her husband Jason Rae's death in 2008 might well have swept her
off course but this extraordinarily brave recording finds her in
darker and more complex musical territory and dealing with her
demons through songs of transcendently raw and honest grace.
Her 2006 eponymous debut album was one of the highlights
of that year. Who could possible forget the pure, lyrical
magic of songs such as 'Like A Star' and 'Butterfly'?
Back in the studio with this collection of eleven new
compositions is both a return to be welcomed but also
an inspiration to anyone who has experienced loss.
She deserves our wholehearted admiration and applause.
The songs are marvellous; her performances grittier and
less polished than her earlier work. There is an immediacy
and spontaneous edge in her voice which drags the soul out
of these deeply personal reflections and brings them to
reverberating life with energy, sadness, anger and love.
It would seem somewhat ignoble to attempt a track by track
dissection of a work of such coherent and bitter-sweet beauty
but also impossible to let the moment pass without mentioning
three songs in particular.
Opening track 'Are You Here', with its sweeping, echoing and
deeply affecting refrain, communicates emotion of such graphic
authenticity that our breath is taken away; the fragile intensity
of her voice on both 'I'd Do It All Again' and title track
'The Sea' takes us deep into the heart of Ms Bailey Rae's grief
and leaves us touched, troubled and inspired in equal measure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me a while to understand this album but it grew immensely after listening a few times. I love CBR and I think this album is an amazing project, even though it got a lot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danilo Domingos
I have bought a couple of her albums before and enjoy them so much. This one is different with some of the tracks but I'm sure I will grow to love her them as I love her lyrics,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer