Corinne Bailey Rae’s new album is ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers.’ After a six-year hiatus, the Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter who rose to fame a decade ago with a multi-platinum selling debut is back. Critics are weighing in and you can see a roundup of reviews.
Six years is a long time in the pop music world, but, when an artist’s album is long awaited, as is the case with Corinne Bailey Rae, she finds herself right back in the forefront, as the majority of critics are applauding this, her third album.
She already had made an indelible impression with her stunning self-titled debut album, released to universal critical acclaim in 2006. The album went multi-platinum in the UK and spawned several international hit singles including “Like a Star” and “Put Your Records On.”
While her sophomore album ‘The Sea,’ released in 2016 further cemented her status as a major artist it was also a markedly different album, as she tacked painful subject matter, the 2008 death of her husband, musician Jason Rae, from a drug overdose.
In a recent interview, Corinne Bailey Rae spoke about the new album, and of working with producer Steve Brown whom she married in 2013. She said, ““Because I know him so well I could be really honest and say what I thought was strong and which parts I had my doubts about. I could sculpt the album until it was right.” She went on to say, “And it was a huge surprise falling in love with Steve as we have been friends for a long time.”
Now the critics are weighing in as she makes her return to the music world. You can see a roundup below.
“…. There’s a new sense of optimism shining through the songs, especially on tracks like Hey I Won’t Break Your Heart and Tell Me, but it’s always tempered by a wistfulness that only experience can bring…..” -
“….The Heart Speaks In Whispers is a full circle moment for the West Yorkshire, Brit. The emotions and vulnerabilities explored on the 16-track record creep up on you like one of those “girly” drinks at that bar that you somehow forget has an extra shot of Jameson. ….” — Vibe
“…. Rich with on-point retro-futurist sounds, such as the gem-like, sultry neo-soul of Green Aphrodisiac. … But there’s some unwelcome pandering to all markets in ghastly guitar ballad Stop Where You Are, a misstep looking for a Coldplay album, and a couple of tracks where smoothness wins out over personality. ….” –The Guardian
“…It’s all spirited and lively. At their best, the wide-eyed folk-soul moments tend to evoke a contemporized version of fellow Englishwoman Linda Lewis. ….” –All Music
“….Sadly, following the great strides made on the grief-stricken The Sea, with The Heart Speaks In Whispers, Corinne Bailey Rae reverts to the blandly serviceable beige soul of her 2006 debut…..” –The Independent
“….As one of the most gifted songstresses in the modern age, captivating and seductive vocal pirouettes are to be expected. But never before has she been so courageous in her production choices, routinely abandoning her typical jazzy sonic palette for more rollicking rhythms. ….” --Drowned in Sound
Six years later, the artist who rose to fame as one of the most noted British artists of the aughts has returned, and as critics weigh in, it remains to be seen how the public will greet her upon her return. You can see music videos and Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Heart Speaks in Whispers album cover art below!