Part of a review for a live performance
Much of Corinne Bailey Rae's forthcoming second album, The Sea, written since her husband's death by accidental overdose last year, has a hymnal quality that was heightened by the Tabernacle's tranquil atmosphere.
Rae has been out of action for most of the past 18 months, and looked nervous at this full-length return to live performance. Physically small – just a cloud of ringlets could be seen from the back of the room – and emotionally delicate, she inspired fierce protectiveness in the audience, who greeted old songs and new with loud approval. She thanked us more than once for "being so supportive".
It's trite to suggest that Rae has become a more soulful vocalist since her loss, but there's a depth of feeling that didn't exist on her 3m-selling debut.