Corinne Bailey Rae - Is This Love
British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae takes a brief break from songwriting for her new project The Love (OUT NOW), an EP mini-album of cover songs set for pre-Valentine's Day release January 25. The new Love EP, her first new recordings since her 2010 sophomore album The Sea, contains songs by Paul McCartney ("My Love"), Prince ("I Wanna Be Your Lover") and Belly ("Low Red Moon") along with Rae's take on "Que Sera Sera", the Doris Day classic that she's been featuring recently in her live sets. Leading the way is a version of the Bob Marley classic "Is This Love", a song the 31-year-old singer describes as "that late, dirty 6/8 (time) thing".
"I just thought about that song “Is This Love” and how poignant it sounds," says Rae, "and how it feels when it’s stretched out at that tempo. When it’s the start of a relationship and it’s this questioning—”Is this love?” “Is this it?” Is this what it feels like?”—it’s just so tentative. And I love the descriptions in the song, and I think it’s amazing, the idea of two people against the world in poverty and the idea that love is everything that you need." For her take on Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover", she says "It's just really fun! I thought, I never get to do really fun, synthy, aggressive bright things." Watch Corinne's live version of "Is This Love" after the jump. Full Idolator interview here.