Rating: NNNLeeds-based jazzy vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae took a break after her husband died of a methadone-alcohol OD. Her sophomore.
Leeds-based jazzy vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae took a break after her husband died of a methadone-alcohol OD. Her sophomore album appears roughly two years after his death, and, unsurprisingly, the tragic event has left a mark on her friendly, smooth soul.
Are You Here, the leadoff track, is an emotional journey through heartbreak, while the closing title track wraps up the lament on loss. But caught between expressions of sadness are tracks likely written before the tragedy, like the swaying, sweet Feels Like The First Time.
You could call it a tempering of grief, but these departures from melancholy betray Bailey Rae’s fragile tone. The album, her best to date, would’ve worked better had she dived into the sea of sadness instead of dipping her toe in from song to song.
Top track: The Sea
Corrine Bailey Rae plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 26.