The Heart Speaks in Whispers

The Heart Speaks in Whispers

by Corinne Bailey Rae


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The gap between The Sea and The Heart Speaks in Whispers, Corinne Bailey Rae's second and third albums, was over six years in duration. During the wait for full-length number three, Bailey Rae released The Love EP, a brief set of covers that featured a Grammy-winning update of Bob Marley's "Is This Love." She married Steve Brown, a keyboardist and producer who had been a factor in all of her releases for Capitol. Bailey Rae also shifted from that label to Virgin and worked on new recordings with a handful of old and new collaborators, including Brown and Steve Chrisanthou, as well as Paris and Amber Strother of the emergent King. The Heart Speaks in Whispers naturally doesn't pack the heavy emotional weight of The Sea, an album issued after the multi-instrumentalist tragically lost her then-partner Jason Rae. It's all spirited and lively. At their best, the wide-eyed folk-soul moments tend to evoke a contemporized version of fellow Englishwoman Linda Lewis, even on "Do You Ever Think of Me," assisted by songwriting demigod Valerie Simpson and, through references to "The Makings of You," Curtis Mayfield. The more electrified and groove-oriented material is bound to elicit parallels drawn to the likes of early Erykah Badu and, well, King. Each one of the Strother collaborations is stimulating, with lyrics and productions that complement one another. "Been to the Moon" swoops and slides, reflecting Bailey Rae's alternation between delighted and demanding exclamations. Its dazzling electro-soul gives way to a trumpet, saxophone, and flute coda that works far better than it should. "Horse Print Dress," more like purple paisley, is ecstatic, private, joyful synth-funk, while the dazed "Green Aphrodisiac" drifts along on a sinewy, unmistakable Marcus Miller bassline. Multiple allusions to working past bitterness and metaphorical storms help cast the album in a rejuvenating light. Despite all the likenesses that can be heard, it all comes out fresh, pieced together and transmitted in a way that no one but Bailey Rae -- a remarkable and flexible artist with some very real life experiences -- can approximate.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2016
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0602547799760
catalogNumber: 002474702
Rank: 2542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corinne Bailey Rae   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Omnichord,Pump Organ,Marxophone,Guitar Effects
Alex Al   Bass
James Gadson   Drums,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller   Drums
Gary Novak   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Myke Wilson   Drums
Andrew Ross   Flute,Piccolo
Sam Bell   Percussion,Conga,African Drums
Nia Bevan   Strings,Leader
Steve Brown   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Harp,Keyboards,Triangle,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Dulcitone,Wind Chimes,Moog Bass,Synthesizer Strings,African Piano,Guitar (Baritone)
Semay Wu   Cello
Jane Coyle   Viola
Chris Dawkins   Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar
Esperanza Spalding   Background Vocals
Luke Flowers   Drums
Malcolm Strachan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kyle Bolden   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Hollow Body)
Isaiah Sharkey   Electric Guitar
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
Steve Chrisanthou   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
John McCallum   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Space Belt
Nick Byrne   Cello
Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra   Strings
John Ellis   Piano
Kenny Higgins   Bass,Electric Guitar
Earl Tutu   Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar
Ben Barker   Electric Guitar
Melanie Purves   Performing Ensemble
Eryl Roberts   Timpani
Ian Bone   Strings
Lara Rose   Background Vocals
Karlene Wray   Background Vocals
Patrick Illingworth   Drums
Rachael Gladwin   Harp,Background Vocals
Paris Strother   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping
Naomi Rump   Strings
Atholl Ransome   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Amber Strother   Background Vocals
Glesni Roberts   Strings
Simon Howes   Violin
Dewi Tudor-Jones   Strings
Cheryl Law   Viola
Moses Sumney   Choir, Chorus
Damion Browne   Cello
Jennifer Laura Hoy   Vibes
David Schlechtriemen   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
John Hill   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Peter Mokran   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Carol Jarvis   Assistant Orchestra Engineer
Steve Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Bass Programming,Additional Production
Corinne Bailey Rae   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Steve Chrisanthou   Composer,Producer
Paris Strother   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Additional Production
Amber Strother   Composer
David Schlechtriemen   Engineer

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