Corinne Bailey Rae
Label: EMI Records
Corinne Bailey Rae's cool, laid-back vocals veer from siren to schoolgirl, sounding confident and powerful one minute and vulnerable the next. With a sultry mix of neo-soul grooves and jazzy back beats, songs such as "Put Your Records On" and "Til it Happens to You" sound like well-worn favorites, deftly toeing the line between contemporary and classic. A deserved pop smash, the album justifies the bonus disc that includes an awesome soul saunter through a Led Zep classic, a movie theme and a Bjork cover.