• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Corinne Bailey Rae has completed a remarkable comeback, against titanic odds, and for that she should be applauded. But to do it with a record as powerful as this is extraordinary.
  3. 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.
  4. What makes it all work is her lithe voice, as eloquent an instrument as ever.
  5. Apr 9, 2012
    A great vocal performance and solid musicianship from the backing band result in a record well worth the time.
  6. The Sea, produced as per the debut by Steve Brown and Steve Chrisanthou, is no self-indulgent lack of tunes-fest. Even at its bleakest--"Closer," say, or "Love's on Its Way," where there is "blood on the streets"--the music and melodies draw you in, and even when they follow their own lushly orchestrated circuitous path, they seem to dare you to drift away.
  7. The eleven songs on The Sea are richer, much less accessible, and marked by a sense of loss and introspection. Bailey Rae moves closer to capturing the vividness of her live shows as she allows her bluesier and rock sides to emerge with hints of jazz in her vocal phrasings.
  8. Even allowing for occasional swoops into blandish neo-soul, Rae has made an album she'll have trouble bettering.
  9. 80
    It's a delicate, individual record, from the same neighbourhood as Paul Weller's recent excursions in rustic soul, but instead of Weller's creosotey vocals, the emotion is carried in a Minnie Riperton trill.
  10. The leap in quality is clear from the album's opening bars.
  11. It doesn't offer any answers, but The Sea is a testament to Rae's artistic growth as it provides comfort to those left on the wistful side of eternal love, and insight to those who are not.
  12. Q Magazine
    It's to Bailey Rae's credit that never for one second does the album feel exploitative or mawkish, just truthful and real. [Mar 2010, p.94]
  13. The record is refreshingly eclectic, adding several new layers to Rae's previous blend of classic soul and modern R&B.
  14. Her latest is both reckoning and rebirth.
  15. The Sea is a richer effort than her debut. Given its inspiration, it forges a darker and more sophisticated sonic palette.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    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. Full Review »