Personnel: Corinne Bailey Rae (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, percussion, music box, background vocals); Corinne Bailey Rae (bass guitar); Steve Brown (various instruments, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, sampler, background vocals); Paul Herman (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum programming); Jan Ozveren (guitar, electric guitar); Dan Carey (guitar, keyboards); Kenji Jammer (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rod Bowkett (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Steve Bush (electric guitar, programming); London Session Orchestra (strings); Alex Bennett (melodica, grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Jim Corry (tenor saxophone); Malcolm Strachan (trumpet); Andrew Hale (piano, grand piano, keyboards, programming); Jess Bailey (Wurlitzer organ); Tommy D (keyboards, drum programming); Paul Siddal, John Beck (keyboards); Oroh Angiama (double bass); Aubrey Nunn (bass guitar); Colin Waterman, Peter Lewinson (drums); Ian Duncan, Yvonne Ellis (programming); Ladonna Harley Peters, Cara Robinson (background vocals); Steve Chrisanthou (electric guitar, Spanish guitar, piano, organ, percussion, programming); Jason Rae (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone).
Audio Mixers: Corinne Bailey Rae; Tommy D ; Paul Herman; Steve Chrisanthou; Jared Gosselin; Ian Duncan; Mike Pela; Amp Fiddler; Jeremy Wheatley.
Audio Remixers: Corinne Bailey Rae; Tommy D ; Amp Fiddler.
Recording information: Maida Vale Studios, London, England; Olympic Studios, London, England; Owl Studios, London, England; The Idle Studio; The Village Recorder.
Despite the fact that English vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae has the name of a country artist, and got her start playing in a grunge-inspired hard rock band, her self-titled debut is heavily steeped in 1970s-style soul and singer-songwriter intimacy. Rae's girlish, sultry voice might remind some listeners of Macy Gray, while the subtle shadings and jazzy textures of her tunes may bring to mind Nora Jones and Alicia Keys.
Yet Rae, who wrote or co-wrote each of the album's 11 tracks and provides much of the album's instrumentation as well, brings a distinctive stamp to the neo-soul formula. Her songwriting is strikingly personal and well-crafted, and her singing, which can be as cool as a Lester Young saxophone solo (the lilting "Like a Star") or as soulful and swinging as Sly Stone (the breakthrough single "Put Your Records On"), sets her apart from the pack. CORINNE BAILEY RAE is a solid and very promising debut.
Rolling Stone (pp.98-99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Her] voice suggest a warmer, less weird Macy Gray, and she uses it without a hint of diva showiness on breezy, sometimes sleepy songs..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "Rae's an attractive neo-soul songbird with a caressing voice that's got an adorable Macy Gray-esque croak."
Q (p.124) - Ranked #12 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[Her] eponymous debut album immediately stood out."