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Flying The Flag For A New Generation Of British Soul and R&B
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/05/2007 18:01:33
As I have found to be the case recently, the songs for which new artists become famous are rarely representative either of their abilities or of their album as a whole. I'm very pleased that this is the case with Corinne Bailey Rae, whose breakout hit 'Put Your Records On' received a lot of radio play, for it is indeed thankfully not representative of what is a truly excellent album. 'Put Your Records On' is unquestionably the most upbeat and commercial offering to be found on this album. Those who want more of the same are likely to be in for disappointment with this album. And I, for one, am glad!
With the exception of 'Put Your Records On', which I don't actually dislike, Corinne Bailey Rae has produced a truly stunning debut album with a really satisfying blend of some contemporary and traditional soul grooves. The album also hints at influences from Jazz and R&B (in the more traditional sense), the combination of which provide Corinne with a wonderfully rich and varied backdrop against which to show off her exceptional vocal talent. Often achieving a silky smoothness in her singing reminiscent of Norah Jones (which is no mean feat), Corinne Bailey Rae is at her absolute best on songs like 'Enchantment' (which is without equal on this and many other albums), 'Like A Star' and 'Till It Happens To You'.
This is by no means a one-dimensional, softly-softly album throughout though as evidenced by the up-tempo and extremely catchy 'I'd Like To' which is much more in step with traditional R&B than some of the aforementioned soul/jazz inspuired numbers. It sits more than comfortably in the same up-tempo bracket as 'Put Your Records On', 'Trouble Sleeping', and 'Call Me When You Get This'. From a personal taste point of view, with the exception of 'I'd Like To', I much prefer the slower, softer, and more mellow material on offer here. Whichever you prefer though, you surely won't be disappointed with this excellent offering from one of Britain's brightest up and coming stars.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: BurmasFinest on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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