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n00b CD Review

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Please bear with me. This will be my first time to review a CD in my entire life. I've reviewed dozens of books, films, and restaurants, but never a CD. I guess, of all of the "facets" that define who I am, I don't consider myself to be much of an audiophile.

I felt, however, like writing a brief review of Corinne Bailey Rae's latest CD, The Sea.

Rae is one of my favorite artists. I fell in love with the range of songs in her first album and really enjoyed her vocal quality. There was something really "earthy" and soulful but subdued about it. I could relate to her songs, many of which gave off a happy, optimistic vibe.

Years later, she released her much-awaited follow-up CD. I've gone over all the songs thrice and these are my first impressions:

  • >> In general, the instrumentality of this newer batch of songs deviates slightly from those in the first album. The newer songs have a more rock or jazz (depending on the track; some even sound more electronica) arrangement compared to the first one, which sounded more "bubblegum pop".

  • >> The theme and mood of the songs in this second album seem a bit more "real" compared to the optimism portrayed in the first album. Some songs seem sadder than others, even.

  • >> The earthy quality of Rae's voice, which we missed all these years while waiting for her new album, is back and still haunting.
Needless to say, I like this second album. A lot, actually. She's matured as an artist and this is reflected in the messages of her songs, and even in the way she sang them.

However, I kind of miss that "bubblegum pop" vibe of the first album. Maybe it's just me (I generally gravitate towards happy songs). But then again, we get hints of "sunshine" in two particular tracks, Closer and Paris Nights/New York Mornings. This makes me happy.

Welcome back, Corinne Bailey Rae!

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