Release Date: Jan 25, 2011
Record label: Capitol
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary R&B
Almost a year to the date, Corinne Bailey Rae follows The Sea with a covers EP. It’s a light stop-gap to hold fans over until Rae’s third album. Given the circumstances of The Sea, it’s all the more enjoyable to hear the singer indulge herself and have a little fun with a set of favorites. Some extra-noodly synthesizer work aside, Prince’s flirty 1979 single “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is played straight.
Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Love EP” is exactly what the title suggests: a short, five-track collection of love songs. There are cover versions of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”, Tanya Donnelly’s “Low Red Moon” and Paul McCartney’s “My Love”. However, the standout of the record is easily the final cut, a thirteen-minute live version of “Que Sera Sera” which features a soulful duet with John McCallum.
In the year since the release of Corinne Bailey Rae’s second album The Sea, the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter received even more accolades, such as a nomination for the Mercury Prize, and performed everywhere from Glastonbury to the White House. Holding fans over until the third album is The Love EP, a brief collection of cover songs. The Love opens with Corinne Bailey Rae tackling one of Prince’s earliest hits.
The British singer?s brand of neo-soul is usually pretty mellow, but on this five-song covers EP she sounds spunkier. Though her takes on Bob Marley and Paul McCartney are predictably reserved, she embraces the electro groove of Prince’s ”I Wanna Be Your Lover” and revs up the guitars on Belly’s ”Low Red Moon.” Best of all is her decision to go more Sly Stone than Doris Day on ”Que Sera, Sera,” letting the funk simmer until it boils. B Download these:Gritty Que Sera, Sera, at last.fm .
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