Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea

May 26, 2010
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(EMI)
3 stars

The English diva’s first album way back in 2006 showcased her honey-sweetened warble, but was let down by bland arrangements. This follow-up was delayed (and partially inspired) by her husband’s accidental drug demise, and The Sea is flecked with deeper, moodier, and more dramatic songs.

Despite all this, a lumpy running order and less than emboldened performances means that she never quite achieves lift-off.

Those vocals – albeit fairly one-dimensional – are still an unmitigated pleasure, but neither the songs, nor the instrumental blend give this the sense of risk-taking it so desperately needs.

The sound, meanwhile, is as featherweight and neutered as the music; a clean, textureless, Pro-tools presentation. GARY STEEL

Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

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