Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tidings of Comfort and Joy from Bewitching Queen of British Soul; REVIEW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tidings of Comfort and Joy from Bewitching Queen of British Soul; REVIEW

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

CORINNE BAILEY RAE The Tabernacle, W11 BEFORE the release of her self-titled, 2006 debut, Corinne Bailey Rae played a warm-up show at The Tabernacle. Four years later, she played there again before the release of The Sea, her second album and the second to reach the UK and US Top 10. Last night, on the eve of album number three, The Heart Speaks In Whispers, she was back there once more. "It's really important to me to play intimate shows where I can connect with people," she mused. "This is a special moment, we'll never all be together again."

Yet, everything has changed for the 37-year-old, who followed Amy Winehouse but blazed a trail for Adele. Her debut was slender, but The Sea was written before and after "a massive fracture in my life" (her husband Jason Rae's death from an overdose). Her third unveils her as the most affecting British soul singer since Sade. She has found domestic happiness since 2013 with her long-term musical director/ keyboardist/producer, Steve Brown. …

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