The Sea - Corinne Bailey Rae
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  • Summary: The second album for the British singer includes darker-themed songs influenced by the death of her husband.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. The Sea is a remarkable accomplishment. It's a step toward something--Rae's inner peace, and her next artistic breakthrough--that has its own considerable rewards.
  2. In grappling with the sudden death of her husband in 2008, the U.K. singer/songwriter has crafted a remarkable set that includes influences from rock and jazz, rich instrumentation and lyrics that linger well beyond the first listen.
  3. Even allowing for occasional swoops into blandish neo-soul, Rae has made an album she'll have trouble bettering.
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    A great vocal performance and solid musicianship from the backing band result in a record well worth the time.
  5. The record is refreshingly eclectic, adding several new layers to Rae's previous blend of classic soul and modern R&B.
  6. The Sea is a richer effort than her debut. Given its inspiration, it forges a darker and more sophisticated sonic palette.
  7. Session musicians removes salt from the sea!

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  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    For someone who felt great loss this year, this album came just at the right time. Puts into words every feeling and stage of grief there is,For someone who felt great loss this year, this album came just at the right time. Puts into words every feeling and stage of grief there is, the confusion, the pain, the anger, until you reach that place were despite being torn apart you have reached a point were you have learnt to live with that part of you that will always being missing but have hope for the future. The lasting message you take away from the album is. life does go on. que sera sera. Expand