Monday, February 15, 2010
Corinne Bailey Rae's latest album, The Sea, released last January, is a beautifully poignant project about love, loss, and rebirth. Rae lost her husband to a drug overdose in 2008 and the tragedy in her personal life has left a noticeable impression on her work. Tracks like I Would Like To Call It Beauty speak of an incredible inner strength we all could be inspired by. True beauty is forgiveness, hope, and perseverance. CBR inspires me with this album by evoking such meaningful contrasts: life and death, faith and pain, light and dark - and turning them into something truly beautiful. If she has weathered such a storm in her life, it seems only fitting to title this album The Sea: each song feels like her honeyed voice is being carried by strong, calm waters, the depths of which we barely touch on this magnificent sophomore effort.