Album Watch: Corinne Wants To Be Your Lover On New EP

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

While I'll be knocking back a shot and playing Def Leppard's "Love Bites" over and over on Valentine's Day, Corinne Bailey Rae is all about the love on her upcoming, The Love EP which will drop on the romantic day in February.

Remember last year when Rae dropped a special and lovely surprise in the form of Bob Marley's "Is This Love?" Well, the song has a home now as the EP will feature it, as well as four other cuts that Rae defines as her personal favorites and covers that define her time "snapshots from around the world".  Rae is also covering  Paul McCartney/Wings' "My Love" (actually my favorite song ever from him), Belly's "Low Red Moon", Doris Day/Sly and the Family Stone's "Que Sera Sera" and Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover". Eclectic music taste palette Ms. Rae has.

Her take on Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (which leaked with the news) is delightful and plays very much in step with the original, so no new spin on it. It's usually always a challenge to tackle covering Prince, especially on well-known classics such as this. Excuse me for being a grouch, but at times, I wish some singers would find other Prince songs to cover. When someone plucks out of obscurity "Pop Life" or "Sometimes It Snows In April", then I can really get excited. Not to say Rae doesn't pull it off, she effortlessly does as always, but to me it seems this, "I Feel For You" and most of the tracks on Purple Rain, are the most overplayed covers by his Purple-ness. Eh, I'm just being nit-picky, but if you want to have at it, listen below.

Corinne Bailey Rae - I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince cover) 

Camino: SB


  1. if someoene covered "Sometimes It Snows In April"
    i think i might lose my shit...and not in a good way.

    i agree with you, though⎯
    i wish more folks would peruse deeper
    into the catalogues of artists
    before doing covers.

    there is nothing like an obscure song
    or a b-side finding new life in the hands of someone else.

    i mean look at all the covers and readings from back when. when standards weren't, exactly, standards yet and you had so many artists putting their spin on things.


  2. Exactly, Greydotmatters! It just shows that someone took a challenge to find something else to cover and not do the typical and safe thing. Was quite disappointed to see her pull this out, I mean, it's her choice but...yeah. And you're right about the covers from back in the day, where multiple people did and released the same song, but each one was different from the last. Examples of "way out there covers" I liked were Shirley Bassey's big band take on The Doors "Light My Fire" and Mayisha taking on Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" and making it sound like a ballad. I mean, it can be done.

    About "Sometimes It Snows In April"...I would be a little miffed due to the execution of phrasing (though there are some vocalist who could pull it off), but hell, I would like someone to take the challenge to pick another song to cover from 'Parade' other than "Kiss".


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