Corinne Bailey Rae

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  • Summary: The Leeds, England neo-soul singer makes her debut with this self-titled album, on which she also handles the instrumentation and songwriting duties.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. A debut recording as fine as this one deserves immediate attention.
  2. Q Magazine
    There's nothing fancy about her songs... but there is magic in the way she sings them. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  3. Occasionally evokes the feeling of a '70s Bill Withers classic, while bringing inflections of Zero 7 and Alicia Keys to her grooves as well.
  4. Blender
    Rae's music sticks in your mind like a pleasant scent you wish would linger. [Jun 2006, p.143]
  5. New Musical Express (NME)
    If you don't mind the odd reflective moment, the odd luscious production value, then this has plenty to offer. [25 Mar 2006, p.37]
  6. Spin
    When things are going right, she reverentially nods to the sumptuous aesthetic that defined Marvin Gaye's What's Going On; when her form slips, it's like Dido gone "groovy." [Jul 2006, p.82]
  7. After such a promising start, Bailey Rae and her stable of producers simply lose momentum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. slobodan
    Dec 31, 2006
    marvelous songs, really amazing
  2. nick
    Jul 27, 2006
    Beautiful simple lyrics to go with her lovely voice. I can listen to this straight through with no skips. Very good!
  3. AnaElenaC
    Aug 20, 2006
    Really fabulous!!!! voice, music, everything.
  4. ChrisW
    Jun 25, 2006
    Finally, a breath of fresh air. So original, so simple, and oh so good!
  5. Evan
    Jan 4, 2007
    I love this album. It may not be ground breaking, but it is just good. Her voice and playfll tone is the highlight.
  6. jennifer
    Jan 25, 2007
    This album is a beautiful wind down at the end of the day type CD. Corinne
  7. JohnD
    Aug 12, 2006
    VH1, please stop recommending music; your scale of awesomeness is way off mark. Let's see, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Jamie VH1, please stop recommending music; your scale of awesomeness is way off mark. Let's see, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Cullum, James Blunt, Daniel Powter, and the Fray. With the exception of KT Tunstall, you have proven to not have a good ear for music. Corinne Bailey Rae...I've heard this stuff before. I didn't like it then, and my opinion has only grown harsher for the "poet who can sing". Unoriginal arrangements, hackneyed lyrics, and a voice that's merely pretty. This, of course, translates into revenue for Capitol, and it helps the industry who wants to keep everyone's expectations low so that they can market more artists like her. Here's a tip...get Neko Case's "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood". Or Beth Orton's "Comfort of Strangers". Both have better arrangements, better lyrics, and better songs than "Corinne Bailey Rae", and therefore, are better albums. I trust VH1 with "Flavor of Love", and not much else. What the human race? Expand

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