Corinne Bailey Rae @ Oran Mor 29-03-10

April 3, 2010

Oran Mor, Glasgow, March 29 * * * *

Corinne Bailey Rae’s new album The Sea heralds the return of a singer/songwriter whose career was in full flight before personal tragedy forced her to take time out. Two years on from her husband’s death to a suspected overdose, Bailey Rae is taking her first tentative steps back into the public eye with a handful of intimate shows before touring the States.
Tonight with the help of her five-piece backing band she played the album in its entirety to a packed and judging by their reaction, captivated audience.
Afforded the warmest of welcomes, opener Are You Here with its sublime chorus showed Bailey Rae’s ability to weave a melody has grown stronger, while on the more sombre Love’s On Its Way it was that soulful voice, strong yet fragile, tinged with regret and resilience, that seemed to illuminate the former church.
Obviously buoyed by the crowd’s response to songs like The Blackest Lily and Paper Dolls, the highlight of the night was seeing Bailey Rae smiling, something she did more and more as the evening unfolded.


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