Sultry songstress Corinne Bailey Rae brings her soulful sounds to the Vic Theatre to promote her sophomore album “The Sea.” The English sensation sprang onto the scene in 2006, winning multiple Grammy Awards for her self-titled debut. Now, after dealing with the unexpected death of her husband in 2008, the 31-year-old singer/songwriter hopes her second release builds on that early success, which drew comparisons to R&B icons like Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and generated hits like “Put Your Records On” and “Like A Star.” Bailey takes fans on an emotionally charged ride with “The Sea”; venturing everywhere from the love she shared with her late husband on easygoing “Closer,” to the depression that came with her loss on the melancholy “Love’s On Its Way,” to reflections on the beauty of life on upbeat and catchy single “Paris Nights/New York Mornings.” Experiencing tremendous pain, but courageously fighting through and emerging stronger, the album’s immense emotional contrast displays incredible range and talent. (Darrel Sangster)
Corinne Bailey Rae plays the Vic Theatre,3145 N. Sheffield, (773)472-0449, victheatre.com, April 22 at8pm. $25.