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Black Rainbows

Corinne Bailey Rae

Black Rainbows

Fourth album and first in seven years from the Leeds-born pop-soul singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    Magnificently roars around garage rock, jazz and even, on Erasure, Black Flag hardcore. Better still, Before The Throne Of The Invisible God is a heavenly soul-psych masterpiece, equally Sly Stone, Prince and Billie Holliday. It’ll continue to uncover fresh layers of magic for years, while being enticing from the off
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  2. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Rock, jazz, Afrofuturism… the British singer-songwriter is transformed on this record inspired by Chicago’s archive of Black art
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  3. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An album full of vigour that showcases the multi-faceted talents of the now 44-year-old artist
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  4. 10.0 |   Albumism

    Arguably the thing that strikes most of all is the intent that bristles throughout. Every note, every silent moment serves a purpose in the grand scheme of things
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    A hugely impressive, frequently stunning return, ‘Black Rainbows’ ranks as one of the year’s most imposing comebacks
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Although Black Rainbows is a uniquely conceptual work and sticks all the way out from Corinne Bailey Rae, The Sea, and The Heart Speaks in Whispers, it's at least as personal as any of the singer's first three albums
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  7. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    From psychedelic soul to raucous rock, this big, sprawling album bounces between genres and flies off in directions you’d never expect. It is the sound of an artist reborn
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    Grunge! Experimental jazz! Glam-punk! With album four, the Leeds singer strays a long way from ‘Put Your Records On’
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  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The English singer-songwriter takes a scuzzy, loud, and political left turn on her gutsy fourth album. It sounds like a departure but feels like a renaissance
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An inspired left turn. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The music, which is characterised by extraordinary switches in style, reflects the diversity of the archive, morphing from bleepy electronic and futuristic R&B to churning garage rock with distorted megaphone vocals. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Quite what her existing fans are going to make of all this is anyone’s guess
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s fourth album has a different energy from its predecessors, inspired by an artist’s residency in the US
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