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The Sea

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2010 release, the long-awaited sophomore album from the British singer/songwriter. The Sea showcases a remarkable step forwards in the musical evolution of one of the most acclaimed artists of recent times. Corinne started work on the songs for her second album at the end of 2007, following a whirlwind two years which saw her go from unknown singer/songwriter to worldwide multi-platinum, award-winning artist with a string of Grammy and Brits nominations to her name. Recorded mainly in Leeds and Manchester and co-produced by Corinne Bailey Rae with two separate producers, Steve Brown and Steve Chrisanthou, The Sea is a career-defining album. Working with a new band of musicians, most of whom she has known for many years, she has produced an extraordinarily intimate album, full of a lyrical potency that is wonderfully descriptive yet honest, open and deeply evocative of her personal journey.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Are You Here - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  2. I'd Do It All Again - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  3. Feels Like The First Time - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  4. The Blackest Lily - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  5. Closer - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  6. Love's On Its Way - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  7. I Would Like To Call It Beauty - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  8. 8. Paris Nights/ New York Mornings - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  9. Paper Dolls - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  10. Diving For Hearts - Rae, Corinne Bailey
  11. The Sea - Rae, Corinne Bailey

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B002X78CB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Liam F. on February 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Rae's sophomore release is a major departure from her sunny day, stroll in the park debut. The material on THE SEA is melancholic but overall outstandingly beautiful. All 11 tracks convey this hauntingly elegant moodiness but in 11 different ways. Here's how.

1. "Are You Here": The opening guitar chords reintroduces the listener to Rae. Rae's opening notes reminds how honey-coated her vocals are. Later in the track, the songs takes an abrupt shift, changes key and a storm of electric guitars descend - skirting Radiohead territory.

2. "I'd Do It All Again": My personal favourite. If I had my way, NARAS should have this as a nominee for ROTY and SOTY. Simply exquisite, simply poetic. This is complex songwriting - the chord progressions are completely original and a level-up in instrumental arrangement on "Like A Star". When the song hits the bridge and Rae's voice soars, you're simply just carried away. Her vocal nuances are delicate and absolutely sublime.

3. "Feels Like The First Time": A catchy song that opens with some heavy piano tinkling. It's a mark of the chorus, that is the complete opposite of the song's peaceful verses. The groove is hot.

4. "The Blackest Lily": Wow - Rae brought on the britpop on this album too. I reckon there are 3 songs on this album in this vein, but all 3 are somewhat different. This, the first of the 3, is an all-out rocker. Completely unexpected and unforetold from her debut. A pleasant surprise.

5. "Closer": Check out the beats on this track. I dare you to tell me the groove is not sick. Reminiscent of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince both in vocal delivery and instrumental arrangement. Very sexy.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Lake on May 15, 2010
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Most fans of Corinne Bailey Rae probably already know about the "background" of this CD, but for those who don't, she recorded it while in the process of grieving for her late husband, Jason Bruce Rae, who died, suddenly, of an accidental drug overdose (he had been trying to quit). However (and I believe that this fact is crucially important for understanding and appreciating "The Sea" as an album), certain songs on the disc, such as "I'd Do It All Again," were actually written by Corinne before her husband died but not recorded until afterward-- which gives them, and the entire album itself, an even greater degree of poignancy and depth.

A few reviewers have commented that her vocal performances here sound as though she "is not trying." In my view (and personal experience with this disc), one must actually sit down and seriously listen-- carefully, attentively-- to the entire work, sometimes reading along with the lyrics (and I had to do all of these things more than once), in order to really "get" why Corinne chooses to sing exactly as she does in these songs. It is a deliberate choice on her part, and understood in context, it is extremely powerful.

The first song, "Are You Here?," is a good example. Corinne's vocals sound, alternately, spacey, numb, melancholic, and blissful, as she recalls her husband, almost as if he were still with her in this life-- because in a certain sense, for her, he *is* still with her. It's a dark, wounded, haunting song, on an album that, overall, is decidedly not a "party album."

However, the pensive mood of the disc does not at all mean that it is a "bad" piece of work (in terms of quality).
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Hulamama on January 29, 2010
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I found it stunning, haunting, beautiful and a joy to listen to. Every time I listen to it, it gets even better. Her voice is more mature, the words are well written. It has more variety than her first CD. And did I say, I love her voice. I'm not a music critic, just someone who loves music, and this is the real thing. Get this CD, you will be happy you did!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Santana C. Benitez on February 22, 2010
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She has such a dreamy way about her...I couldn't stop thinking about the loss she had to endure with her husband's passing and I was especially touched by the cover, where she still wears her wedding ring.

Some highlights:

"Are You Here"- has some really crushing lyrics, she really loved that man. I thought this song would set the tone for the album, but it ended up being so wonderfully varied ;)

"I'd Do It All Again"- sounds like something from her debut album, and that's totally cool with me. This is probably my FAVORITE on the album. I love the faint male vocals at the end "someone to looooove"..unexpected and soulful.

"Paris Nights/New York Mornings"-despite it's upbeat sound, the lyrics are a bit sad to me. I imagine its her revisiting old memories that she shared with her late husband. The overly-emotional water sign in me tears up a bit at the thought...I'm such a crybaby haha.

"Closer"-sexy and groovy. This is something I'll blast while cleaning my house cooking dinner, or driving around with my windows rolled down on warm evenings.

"The Sea"- a nice ending to a lovely album. I find myself replaying this one quite a bit.

This is a reallllly chill album and I think it's beautiful that Corrine was so open to sharing her music after such a time of grief. We need more talented singer-songwriters like her. Keep your pretty little head up, Corrine!
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