Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea (2010)

I'm a fan of Corinne Bailey Rae's 2006 self-titled debut album, so I picked this CD up without hearing it, based on the strength of that previous release.  I wouldn't exactly call this a sophomore slump, but this album isn't as strong as the first.  The first had more of a neo-soul flavor throughout and this album sometimes strays from that formula.   There a lot of musicians on hand; the arrangements are bigger than I would have liked.  Some of the music was recorded after the 2008 death of Bailey Rae's husband, so the music can get understandably bleak at times.  The critics liked it: it got a score of 78 from metacritic. Still, I love Bailey Rae's voice and I can tell her songwriting is maturing, so I'm sure I'll pick up her next release as soon as it drops.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #7

Tracks: I like Are You Here, Feels Like The First Time, and the title track.  I usually skip Love's On Its Way and Paper Dolls.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Corinne Bailey Rae (2006)

1 comment:

  1. I had both of her albums, but I loaned them to someone and haven't seen them since. Definitely 2 I should replace. "The Sea" was downright morbid in comparison to CBR's debut, but still enjoyable as you say. :)