It’s been six years since contemporary, folk-soul artist Corinne Bailey Rae released her second full length studio album The Sea. It followed the death of her first husband and, understandably so, was a compilation of emotional, sorrow-filled songs. She also released The Love EP which was a concise set of cover songs that featured a Grammy-winning rendition of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” During heartbreak and healing she married, Steve Brown, her long-time producer and keyboardist who was very instrumental in her triumphant reemergence. Her new album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, focuses on recovery and breaking through the storm. It contains more vibrant tracks full of enthusiasm and optimism, but, which do not lack the passion present on her previous efforts.
Fans of the multi-instrumentalist will applaud her swaggering return as she courageously sings about the real-life experiences that have led to her mending and the creation of some of her best work to date. She soars with falsetto peaks on the Curtis Mayfield-like song “Do You Ever Think of Me” and fits comfortably into the slow-groove pocket of “Been to the Moon” and “Green Aphrodisiac”, while “Horse Print Dress” reminds us of her playful and sensual sensibility. The 12 song set showcases her versatility as an artist with an impeccable gift for story-telling and who can glide effortlessly from coffee-house singer, to pop star and R&B luminary. The Heart Speaks in Whispers not only marks Corinne Bailey Rae’s return, but her fearless and fierce takeover of handily blending genres without losing authenticity and heart.