Following last week’s fantastic gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Corinne Bailey Rae has announced details of three brand new UK shows including a hometown gig in Leeds.
Corinneâ€™s new single, â€˜Paris Nights/ New York Morningsâ€™ is released on March 29th, she then heads over to the US for a major tour in support of her new album, â€˜The Seaâ€™.
Reviews of Shepherds Bush Empire:
â€œHer new songs are deeper, her voice is richerâ€¦ and she transformed â€˜Que Sera Seraâ€™ into a rocker and â€˜I Only Have Eyes For Youâ€™ into a reggae skankâ€¦ â€˜Paper Dollsâ€™, â€˜The Seaâ€™ and â€˜Are You Hereâ€™ were cathartic for their creator but were also beguiling genre-benders touching on art-rock, soul and gospel.â€
Evening Standard, 4 stars
â€œRaeâ€™s five piece backing band played superbly. Subterranean funk bass lines and languid drummingâ€¦ underpinned guitars and keyboards that sounded like a Hammond organâ€¦ â€˜Que Sera Seraâ€™ [was] recast here in the slow funked-up style of Sly & The Family Stoneâ€¦ But it was Raeâ€™s own songs that dominated the show. From the uptempo funk of â€˜The Blackest Lilyâ€™ to the slow, intense balladry of â€˜The Seaâ€™ with which she ended the show, this was a perfectly poised yet plangent performance from a star who has blossomed in tragic circumstances.â€
The Times, 4 stars
â€œWith her band, a collection of astoundingly talented musicians who broke into vocal part-harmony and cut to solos with telepathic easeâ€¦ Bailey Rae inhabits the layered sounds of her new compositions, her closed eyes and raised arms testifying to their healing propertiesâ€¦ She outclasses her younger peers by side-stepping the constraints of pop [and] in song she becomes a veritable superstarâ€¦ When sheâ€™s ready, the world awaits.â€
Daily Telegraph, 4 stars
Corinne Bailey Rae
27th â€“ Leeds Metropolitan University
29th â€“ Glasgow Oran Mor
30th â€“ Leamington Spa Assembley Halls