Personnel include: Corinne Bailey Rae (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, percussion); Steve Brown (various instruments, sampler, background vocals); Rod Bowkett (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Steve Chrisanthou (electric guitar, programming); Jason Rae (alto saxophone); Andrew Hale (piano, programming); Paul Siddal (keyboards); Colin Waterman (drums).
Recording information: Olympic, London, England.
Despite the fact that English vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae has the name of a country artist, and got her start playing in a grunge-inspired hard rock band, her self-titled debut is heavily steeped in 1970s-style soul and singer-songwriter intimacy. Rae's girlish, sultry voice might remind some listeners of Macy Gray, while the subtle shadings and jazzy textures of her tunes may bring to mind Nora Jones and Alicia Keys.
Yet Rae, who wrote or co-wrote each of the album's 11 tracks and provides much of the album's instrumentation as well, brings a distinctive stamp to the neo-soul formula. Her songwriting is strikingly personal and well-crafted, and her singing, which can be as cool as a Lester Young saxophone solo (the lilting "Like a Star") or as soulful and swinging as Sly Stone (the breakthrough single "Put Your Records On"), sets her apart from the pack. CORINNE BAILEY RAE is a solid and very promising debut.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (pp.98-99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Her] voice suggest a warmer, less weird Macy Gray, and she uses it without a hint of diva showiness on breezy, sometimes sleepy songs..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "Rae's an attractive neo-soul songbird with a caressing voice that's got an adorable Macy Gray-esque croak."
Q (p.124) - Ranked #12 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[Her] eponymous debut album immediately stood out."
- Like A Star
- Put Your Records On
- Till It Happens To You
- Trouble Sleeping
- Call Me When You Get This
- Choux Pastry Heart
- I'd Like To
- Season Change