Corinne Bailey Rae to Release "The Love EP" on January 25
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:04:58
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Following on the heels of her recent digital single "Is This Love," GRAMMY®-winning artist Corinne Bailey Rae will release The Love EP on January 25, 2011, via Capitol Records. The Love EP is a five-song collection of covers that Bailey Rae calls an "homage to some of my favorite musicians, as well as a conversation between some of my musical influences." Wait til you see the track listing -- it is an eclectic bunch of songs.
The Love EP opens with a cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" - one of Bailey Rae's favorite songs by the legendary artist. "I met Prince in London at his show at the O2 Arena," she said. "I was amazed by the gig but even more impressed by the after-show he did in a small venue where he tore it up on the guitar. I love singing rhythmical music but never seem to write anything like that so getting to do this song was a dream."
Next up is "Low Red Moon," written by former Throwing Muses/Breeders singer Tanya Donelly for her band Belly. Wow, that's unexpected, right? "Belly were one of the prime influences on my band Helen," Bailey Rae said. "I was addicted to their song 'Star' as a teenager and learnt loads about guitar playing from listening to them. We have made the song, in my opinion, more aggressive and slightly '60s science fiction."
"Low Red Moon" is followed by Bailey Rae's unique take on the 1978 Bob Marley classic "Is This Love." Again, CBR is really surprising us, in a good way, with her cover choices. "Bob Marley is an incredible songwriter and this is one of my favorites," Bailey Rae said. "I wanted to bring the tempo back to underline the poignancy of the lyric. Marley's music is so influenced by American doo-wop, so I loved that guitarist John McCallum gave it this Hendrixy/Curtis Mayfield sound, two musicians who also brought doo-wop into their own sound."
Bailey Rae also chose to cover "My Love," a No. 1 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings. "I first heard 'My Love' at an event for Paul McCartney at the White House, where I had been invited to play," Bailey Rae revealed. "A string section played the song and I was struck by the fragility of that ascending melody on the lyric 'My love does it good.' I was also really touched by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney's relationship. When we recorded this song, it was definitely influenced by Stevie's sound."
Finally, The Love EP closes with a live version of "Que Sera, Sera" (popularized by Doris Day and Sly Stone), which is a song that Bailey Rae and her band have been closing shows with on her recent tour. "I love Sly and the Family Stone's version, how it takes what feels like a nursery rhyme in Doris Day's lovely hands and turns it into a philosophical outcry," CBR said. "'The future's not ours to see.' Sometimes I attack this lyric angrily, sometimes I'm peaceful and surrendered to it."
What do you think of Corinne Bailey Rae's cover choices? Are you going to check out The Love EP on January 25?