The Heart Speaks in Whispers

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The Heart Speaks in Whispers
Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks in Whispers.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 May 2016 (2016-05-13)
Recorded2015–16
GenreR&B
Length55:31
LabelVirgin EMI
Producer
Corinne Bailey Rae chronology
The Love EP
(2011)
The Heart Speaks in Whispers
(2016)

The Heart Speaks in Whispers is the third studio album by English singer and songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, released on 13 May 2016 by Virgin EMI Records.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.9/10[3]
Metacritic74/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
The Independent2/5 stars[8]
musicOMH4/5 stars[9]
PopMatters3.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10[11]
Exclaim!8/10[12]

The Heart Speaks in Whispers received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74 based on 17 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] In a positive review, Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated "The more electrified and groove-oriented material is bound to elicit parallels drawn to the likes of early Erykah Badu and, well, King."[13] Writing for Exclaim!, Ebyan Abdigir called the album "thoughtful and light, with an emotional range and sharp artistic direction that was lacking on her past records."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at number 31 on the Billboard 200, selling 14,000 copies in its first week.[14]

Track listing[edit]

The Heart Speaks in Whispers – Standard edition[15]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Skies Will Break"
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:53
2."Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart"
  • Rae
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:48
3."Been to the Moon"
  • Rae
  • Brown
  • Amber Strother
  • Paris Strother
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:04
4."Tell Me"
  • Rae
  • Brown
  • P. Strother
4:08
5."Stop Where You Are"
  • Rae
  • Chrisanthou
  • Rae
  • Chrisanthou
4:10
6."Green Aphrodisiac"
  • Rae
  • P. Strother
  • A. Strother
  • Rae
  • Brown
  • P. Strother
5:51
7."Horse Print Dress"
  • Rae
  • Brown
  • P. Strother
  • A. Strother
  • Chrisanthou
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:03
8."Do You Ever Think of Me?"
  • Rae
  • Brown
5:26
9."Caramel"
  • Rae
  • Rae
  • Brown
5:15
10."Taken by Dreams"
  • Rae
  • Brown
  • John Hill
  • Rae
  • Brown
3:55
11."Walk On"
  • Rae
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:26
12."Night"
  • Rae
  • Rae
  • Brown
4:32
Total length:55:31

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Russia (NFPF)[28] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Deluxe) by Corinne Bailey Rae on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ Jody Rosen (28 April 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae on New Album 'The Heart Speaks in Whispers'". Billboard. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "The Heart Speaks In Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae reviews". Any Decent Music. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Reviews for The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae". Metacritic. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ Andy Kellman (13 May 2016). "The Heart Speaks in Whispers - Corinne Bailey Rae | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  6. ^ Miller, Kellan (12 May 2016). "Album Review: Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ Tim Jonze (12 May 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers review – sweet, smooth soul | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  8. ^ Andy Gill (11 May 2016). "Album reviews: Skepta - Konnichiwa, Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks In Whispers, Twin Peaks - Down In Heaven". The Independent. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  9. ^ Murphy, John (15 May 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks In Whispers". musicOMH. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers". PopMatters. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  11. ^ Marcus J. Moore (14 May 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b Abdigir, Ebyan (27 May 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers". Exclaim!. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ Kellman, Andy (18 May 2016). "Remarkable and Flexible Artist". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  14. ^ Amaya Mendizabal (26 May 2016). "Corinne Bailey Rae Bows at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  15. ^ "The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae on iTunes". Itunes.apple.gb. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  16. ^ "The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Deluxe) by Corinne Bailey Rae on iTunes". Itunes.apple.gb. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  17. ^ "The Heart Speaks in Whispers (Target Exclusive) on Target".
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  21. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 20, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  22. ^ ザ・ハート・スピークス・イン・ウィスパーズ | Corinne Bailey Rae [The Heart Speaks in Whispers | Corinne Bailey Rae] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  25. ^ "Corinne Bailey Rae Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Corinne Bailey Rae Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  27. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  28. ^ "Russian album certifications – Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). 2018. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)