Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae

by Corinne Bailey RaeCorinne Bailey Rae


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Trying to pigeonhole this British songstress is a little like trying to capture a runaway stream of mercury -- dub her a soul singer, and she goes off on a jazz tangent; decide she's a balladeer, and she'll belt out a brassy party-starter. That fluidity is mighty impressive, but it wouldn't mean a thing if Ms. Bailey Rae didn't have the staggering amount of swing that she imparts to the tunes on this, her acclaimed debut. "Put Your Records On," a bright and breezy celebration of music -- making it, listening to it, letting it creep into all parts of one's life -- is a pretty good indication of where the singer-songwriter is coming from, with its slowly percolating grooves and warm, inviting vocals. Rae's supple voice slips sensually through the verses of invitingly intimate tracks like the disc-opening "Like a Star" and burrows into the darker recesses of " 'Till It Happens to You" -- a track that reveals her familiarity with the classic works of Billie Holiday -- using her husky lower register to plow through the heavy emotional terrain. She certainly knows her way around that territory, but she also knows enough about it to recognize that listeners are generally more content to walk the sunnier side of the street -- and that's exactly where she takes them on songs like the beckoning "Call Me when You Get This," a track that finds her cozying up in a light blanket of meticulously arranged brass and reeds. She's been likened to singers as varied as Norah Jones and Sade -- and while those analogies make some sense on first listen, it doesn't take long to realize that Corinne Bailey Rae is a unique talent who merits a category all to herself.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094636636122
catalogNumber: 66361
Rank: 29013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corinne Bailey Rae   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,spanish guitar
Rod Bowkett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Kenji Jammer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Herman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Bush   Bass,Electric Guitar
Jason Rae   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Malcolm Strachan   Trumpet
Peter Lewinson   Drums
Aubrey Nunn   Bass Guitar
John Beck   Keyboards
Tommy D.   Keyboards
Jess Bailey   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Steve Brown   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Cara Robinson   Background Vocals
Andrew Hale   Piano (Grand)

Technical Credits

Andrew Hale   Programming,Producer
Yvonne Ellis   Programming,Engineer
Steve Bush   Programming,Producer
Rod Bowkett   Producer
Steve Brown   Producer,Engineer
Tommy D.   Producer,drum programming
Paul Herman   Producer,drum programming
Jimmy Hogarth   Producer
Ian Duncan   Engineer
Darren Lewis   Artwork
Will Malone   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Gavyn Wright   String Director

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