The Love EP (Corinne Bailey Rae EP)

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The Love EP
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EP by Corinne Bailey Rae
Released 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25)
Recorded May 13, 2010
Genre Soul
Length 28:49
Label Capitol
Producer Steve Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae chronology
The Sea
(2010)
The Love EP
(2011)
The Heart Speaks in Whispers
(2016)
Singles from The Love EP
  1. "Is This Love"
    Released: 21 September 2010

The Love EP is a January 2011 released EP from Leeds-born singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae. The EP consists of five cover versions of love songs. The first single, "Is This Love", won the  Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Cover Me 4/5 stars[1]
AllMusicGuide 3.5/5 stars[2]

She was coming off her nomination for a Mercury Prize for 2010's The Sea.

The album received decidedly mixed reviews. The album was described as hit and miss. For "I Wanna Be Your Lover" Frank Mojica of Consequenceofsound wrote "Rae’s voice is a fitting tribute to The Purple One’s falsetto, but with her take on “Lover” clocking in at less than three and a half minutes, the question of how she would arrange the original’s instrumental second half remains a mystery."[3] Meanwhile, in a similar review David Mine of Pop Matters wrote "Prince’s tune kicks off the set and is heavy on the synths, blotting out Rae’s fine but delicate voice."[4]

One positively reviewed song includes "Is This Love" by Bob Marley which Andy Kellman of AllMusic wrote "Is This Love” gets a Southern-style, gospel-tinged makeover.[5] And Mojica wrote " This Love” that is the most inventive. Rae slows down the reggae classic and gives it a jazz reinvention that showcases her strengths as a singer and arranger."[3]

On the track "My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings", it got mixed reviews. Mojica wrote "It’s Rae’s soulful voice that makes an acoustic cover of Paul McCartney’s “My Love” lovely-but-forgettable, rather than merely pointless."[3] On the other hand, Kellman wrote "My Love” gets a simple, stripped-down reading."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (Prince cover) - 3:29
  2. "Low Red Moon" (Belly cover) - 5:00
  3. "Is This Love" (Bob Marley cover) - 3:28
  4. "My Love" (Paul McCartney & Wings cover) - 3:17
  5. "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" (Doris Day cover) - 13:26

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States
January 25, 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom February 14, 2011

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 86
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cover Me review
  2. ^ AllMusicGuide review
  3. ^ a b c Mojia, Frank (24 February 2011). "Corinne Bailey Rae releases The Love EP to hold fans over to next album". Consequenceofsound. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Mane, David (7 February 2011). "Rae releases short, five-track collection of love songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "It is more enjoyable to hear the singer satisfy herself". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2016.