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Elsewhere Bailey Rae was like a funkier PJ Harvey on the organ driven Paper Dolls and then channelled proper Stones style Rhythm and Blues on The Blackest Lily.
For Are You Here and I’d Do It All Again her delicate vocals make the dark subject matter (the death of her husband Jason in 2008) more touching.
All of which adds up to an artistic leap that should win over at least some of those critics from first time around.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Corinne Bailey Rae’s silky smooth brand of R&B has won her legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, the downbeat 'Love's On Its Way' and organ-led 'I Would Like To Call It Beauty' merge similarly stripped-back arrangements with enough verve to grab your attention in a way that Rae never quite managed before.
Sadly, there are still moments where the smooth production is seemingly used to cover up underwritten tunes.
The new direction led to a number of collaborations in 2003, including with The New Mastersounds on ‘Your Love Is Mine’, and Homecut Directive’s single ‘Come The Revolution’.
Released as part of an EP, with an accompanying video in 2005, it caught the attention of EMI bosses, who offered her a record deal.
While her delicate and graceful voice has drawn comparison with Billie Holiday, her ever shifting music has embraced a variety of styles ranging from jazz and soul to pop, rock and indie.