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PREVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae @ Brighton Dome, 3/11/2016

The Verse’s Madeleine Corke previews Corinne Bailey Rae’s upcoming show at the Brighton Dome on Thursday 3rd November.

Corinne Bailey Rae will be performing her original take on soft soul at Brighton Dome on Thursday 3rd Nov. This performance will be a part of her UK tour, promoting her dreamy album The Heart Speaks in Whispers.

After the success of the release of her self-titled debut in 2006, which was a beautiful amalgamation of soul, sunshine and sweet pop, BAFTA award winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae has produced two other albums. The Sea was released in 2010, and has slightly more melancholic tone, perhaps owing to the record being released two years after her husband was lost to an accidental overdose. Although it was not as well received, it still has the same lyrical beauty and dreamy quality that is Rae’s forte. Fans may have started to wonder where she had got to in the long gap in between this album and the release of The Heart Speaks in Whispers in 2016, which her current tour of the UK promotes. After the innocence and warmth of her first album – most famous for the song, Put Your Records On, a feel good anthem that brings to mind blue skies and long hot summer days – this new album feels more grown up. But die-hard fans of Rae needn’t worry, the soul and sweetness that is at the root of all her music is still very much present.

This album marks Rae’s return to the music world after a six-year hiatus, and it showcases her range as a songwriter and performer, with a smoothh, sophisticated sound to it. The song Green Aphrodisiac for example is definitely much more sensual and adult in its sound and lyrical content, but still in keeping with Rae’s distinctive style. Fans of her first album will not be disappointed by her subtly updated take on pop soul. When asked about the main themes of this record, Rae answered that the album is really about escaping the chaos of life and paying attention to nature, our subconscious and dreams. Isn’t that what we all need? To calm down a little? I can’t wait to experience Rae’s sweet voice and smooth band live in Brighton. Come along for an evening where hopefully we will be able to have a moment of peace in this hectic world.

Corinne Bailey Rae comes to Brighton Dome on the 3rd of November. For tickets, go here.

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