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Thursday, July 29, 2021

CD Review: The Sea

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Corinne Bailey Rae

The Sea

EMI / Capitol

Rating: 3

Corinne Bailey Rae’s sophomore album is just what its title implies. It’s softer and smoother, and like most second albums, it explores a more emotional and deeper level of the artist.

Rae wrote all the songs, providing listeners with unique melodies that have a jazzier feel, which may or may not be to your liking. This album is not as generic or pop-oriented as her previous one. This could be seen as a generally respectable direction to go in, except that her voice isn’t distinguishable and her eccentric style is hard to really grasp.

This CD is great for homework: it has nothing to distract you, but provides soothing, quiet tunes. If you really try hard to pay attention, as if this was your homework assignment, then the lyrics are pretty and sweet. I’m just not sure it’s worth the work required to decipher them.

Give these tracks a listen: “Paris Nights/New York Mornings,” “Feels Like the First Time”

For Fans Of: Lily Allen, Sia

-Brittany Pearlman

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