Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae
CORINNE BAILEY RAE

The Sea

Published in 2006, Corinne Bailey Rae their eponymous debut album, which she had taken up with a very small budget, as they had no record deal. An appearance on the show "Later With Jools" on BBC2 and a few very intimate concerts in the British Isles they made quickly to tip. Yet the sudden and immense success was unexpected. Their album with the hit singles "Put Your Records On" and "Like A Star" went straight to number one in the UK charts and was a huge success worldwide. Even in the US succeeded Bailey Rae, the first British singer / songwriter to land directly in the top 20 of the Billboard charts for decades. Within months, Corinne Bailey Rae was a global phenomenon.

So now, four years and four million albums sold later, came the long-awaited second album. The 30-year-old singer from the north of England Leeds has declined in the meantime some offers to make contact with this or that celebrity and this or that influential producer. Instead, she worked as a co-producer with friends and their familiar musicians and so managed to preserve those intimacy and control they need, and all the expectations reflected in the result of the multiple Grammy and Brit Award nominations they were asked to ignore.

In the meantime, the artist has to experience a hard blow. The result is "The Sea", a dance of pieces about grief and hope, despair and inspiration, loss and love. "I wanted to be honest," said Corinne. "I know that I can have difficulty hiding my feelings when I make music, for me that is the only moment where I do not think and have to plan anything And so this album has arisen Nothing about it is artificially arranged -... It is completely open and honest. "

The album rises far above Bailey Raes already considerable achievements addition, proving that Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and the Arctic Monkeys - raving rightly by her voice and her talent as a composer - among others. Bailey Rae, a self-confessed admirer of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway is too modest to put into words what the insiders is clear already: "The Sea" will catapult to Olympus, which is only the big artists Reserved ,

"The songs are all from me. It was important to me that I could import with musicians who I know and who I trust." The majority of the shots originated in the Limefield Studios, a fabulous house in a suburb of Manchester, which belongs to other Steve Brown, who also served as co-producer of there rehearsed songs. The former ballroom is the studio today. In such an elegant atmosphere, surrounded by giant mirrors and crystal chandeliers, with exquisite but slightly patinated antiques and a grand piano, played Corinne and her band a the songs they had composed. "It was great to make music there. It reigns there an atmosphere of bygone glamorous times and I have there already experienced some fabulous parties. It seemed like the perfect place to make an album."

Other recordings made Bailey Rae in her hometown of Leeds with its other co-producer Steve Chrisanthou in its 600 Feet Studio - it is, as the name suggests, 600 feet (about 200 m) high located amidst the Yorkshire countryside. Once she went to Manchester to pick up at the local Royal Northern College of Music string and brass parts. As Bailey Rae last year traveled to LA to attend the recordings for "Lay It Down", the new album of soul legend Al Green, she met drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and keyboardist James Poyser of the Roots know and with them creates the slightly trashy funk song "the Blackest Lily".

The song title is derived from The Black Lily, a Sunday held at Ahmir event: "Ahmir ordered a chef to his home, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and others invited by the Roots The whole music scene in Philadelphia found there a. they jammed, hung out, ate I thought to myself.. ?? How I would be part of such a community it me or I'm an outsider '? Since me the picture of the blackest of lilies came to mind. "

Corinne admits that since the composition of the piece some things have changed: "Now I really as a part of this dynamic community of artists feel" - and precisely these musicians are the ones who form the backbone of "The Sea", driven by similar boisterous Jams for "Paris Nights" / "New York Mornings" and "Paper Dolls". For last-mentioned was the songwriter who can often be guided by their intuition, the idea of ​​a comprehensive eight bars Bridge when she went straight to the mailbox. It reflects Bailey Raes insights about how other people's expectations a "force in some form, but also, how to get back out." It is also based on their memories of school days when she was a friend of ?? infamous' girl, although she "really stuffy and nerdy" was even by his own admission.

Almost his own front door and the title song, at the same time the first song she recorded for the album was created. "We took the winter in a barn in Scarborough on, not far from the sea. It was freezing cold, the wind was howling and the air was that evening quite different than usual. About was an overwhelming starry sky, the better to see than it miles are there no streetlights. it was for me a very special recording. "

"Goodbye Paradise" she sings in the beautifully elegiac last track of the album with smoky tender voice, accompanied by strings, autoharp, piano and a heavenly, to the crescendo enhancing choir. "The Sea" is about a tragic family event, a boat accident in which her grandfather died mother. "There was a story in our family that I had already knew as a child but never questioned. I had never been aware that my aunt was there on that day on the beach when it happened. She saw the whole drama could but nothing to make it made me think about how such grief and helplessness a person can dominate forever -. how one looks at something and it changed his life irrevocably the song is so how the grief changed my aunt. has. And of course I think since I have to get over the loss of Jason, very much about this type of mourning after. "

Jason Rae, a talented saxophonist and Corinne Bailey Rae's husband died in March 2008. "I'd Do It All Again", the first single, a rousing defiant and slightly bene belter song, is one of many pieces that arose before this blow were.

"It's a love song, but a bit difficult - it is about that situation, when things come to a head, so much so that one actually has to fight with wounded pride I wrote the song for a big fight, it just came out of me,.. while I played guitar. It is for me especially because its origin is so unusual. It was somehow not a conscious process. It is simply a document of my devotion. Despite what happened, that is perhaps injured or goes down, this love is unstoppable And I think the song turned out really good, everything is built on this one chorus on why I like the piece -.. shot, a hit, "she smiles.

Likewise, unbidden and without restriction is "Are You Here", a song that was created after a long break and Mourning. Straightforward and open the piece, in the Bailey Rae for restrained guitar accompaniment describes her lover starts: "He's a real live wire, he's the best of his child ... wait till you see his eyes". A song that goes to the marrow.

"Even this song line just came out of me," she calmly describes the titles. Of course, she admits, is all also part of the manufacturing process. "I have a feeling, I wrote songs and played and used to take me through the various states of mind that I have so lived through. When I started the composing here, I thought, this piece is not really for the public be determined, it is so raw ... But then I had to do it anyway. "

One of her favorite pieces on the album is the slightly jazzy dirge "I Would Like To Call It Beauty". She plays it like to live, enjoying the almost telepathic exchange between her and the drummer. "I would say that this play is about my experience of the last time. It is about mourning, making them with one, and how it opens your eyes."

The song title came up during a conversation she with Jason's younger brother had late at night - the two talked about their different views of life. Corinne spoke about God and Jason's brother said he believed in a force which together hold everything and connect. Then he said: "I would like to call it ... beauty" and Corinne was overwhelmed. "How he simply said so! Then I realized that we are talking about the same thing!" My feeling was so powerful that the sentence immediately noticed for a song title and her brother took up as co-author in the credits with.

"In my losses I have experienced a lot of beauty", is their amazing comment. "Just in the way, I managed to survive. Feel in the way I protected me and supported. I think the song is about how much beauty in grief just plugged because people supernatural powers and the nature of a hold."

All in all, "The Sea" from the bonds that arise from sadness - to extend from her aunt to itself and further to the various fates of their fellow men. "Our relationship was more intense. And all the filth, all nothingness, was washed away while. Only the really Reine has remained. This is one of the really nice aspects to it."

"The Sea", however, is not limited to this one emotional state, but covers a whole range of emotions. Of course, the album contains scenes that break your heart. But the way it is in a great love, when all around honest and fearless artist himself deals with it. "Whatever I do, I just want to be honest and credible", concludes Bailey Rae. There is no question that this album one of the most honest works of recent years - and one of the best at that.
December 2009

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