Archive for Corinne Bailey Rae

Review: For the Ladies

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by 30daysout

Get over it, football’s over and there’s no baseball for a while.  Do you really follow basketball?  Didn’t think so.  Prepare yourselves – Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and you already know this entire weekend is going to belong to the ladies.  And so will this batch of reviews.  Think of it as a favor: if you’re stuck for a little Valentine’s gift, you can always pick up one of these new CDs.

Between her highly successful eponymous 2006 debut album and its followup The Sea, Corinne Bailey Rae experienced the loss of her husband, who died of an overdose in 2008.   “Are You Here,” the first song on The Sea, comes face to face with her grief and then the singer begins to move on with the surprisingly rocking “The Blackest Lily” (featuring the Roots’ ?uestlove on drums).   Although there’s a melancholy thread winding through the songs, The Sea sounds like Corinne Bailey Rae is ready to take her music to a new level.

MP3: “The Blackest Lily’ by Corinne Bailey Rae

Sade also took a break between albums – in her case, it was about 10 years.  Soldier Of Love is less a comeback than a continuation, as the Nigerian-born singer picks up right where she left off.  Listening to Sade conjures a lazy afternoon on a sunny tropical beach, and the singer spins her slow-burning sensuality on standout tunes like “The Moon and the Sky” and “Morning Bird.”  Her songs often convey a feeling of longing and a hint of mystery, all wrapped in arrangements smoother than silk lingerie.

MP3: “Morning Bird” by Sade

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Review: “Lay It Down,” Al Green

Posted in Review with tags , , , on May 22, 2008 by 30daysout

Al Green follows the template for veteran artists (Billboard magazine calls them “Heritage” artists) who have released new albums with some version of their classic sound.  Much like Springsteen, Fogerty, Steve Winwood, et. al. before him, Green follows the basic pattern of his 1970s albums and produces a semi-satisfying blend of old and new.  Lay It Down finds the Rev. Green indulging in pleasures of the flesh with guests like the comely Corinne Bailey Rae on “Take Your Time,” and mellow John Legend on “Stay With Me (By The Sea). ”  If anything, the youngsters labor to keep up with this veteran Soul Man.  Otherwise, everything’s here – the Memphis-style horns, the strings, the mellow soul vibes – but Green’s voice is the main attraction.  His singing elevates the average material onto a new plane, and he needs no guest star help to turn a song like “Just For Me” into something special.  So if you’re in the mood for some panty-droppin’ soul music slip into the new Al Green … it may not be groundbreaking but it’s very, very comfortable.

MP3: Just For Me by Al Green

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