Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Corinne Bailey Rae releases a 5-track cover EP of classic love songs. On the set, she showcases her sultry vocals over popular love songs from a variety of artists spanning from Prince to Dorris Day. What makes this brief release special is her versatility. She tackles some musical styles that she hadn’t explored on her previous recordings.

Bailey Rae’s cover of Prince’s “I Want to Be Your Lover” is equally funky as its original, but her vocals add a subtle bluesy twist to Prince’s number 1 hit. The Love EP’s biggest surprise is a cover of Belly’s “Low Red Moon.” Her take on the early 90s alternative band is equally eerie and beautiful. The piano-driven, “Is This Love” is slower and more soulful than the Bob Marley classic.

There really isn’t a weak moment on The Love EP. The least interesting track may be “My Love,” but the Paul McCartney and Wings track is a great song to display the British songstress’ breath taking vocals. The 13-minute live cover of Dorris Day’s “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” is another phenomenal performance by Bailey Rae, and has a more soulful, slower groove than the original.

Regardless on how you feel about Valentine’s Day or even love, you can always appreciate a good love song. And Bailey Rae’s The Love EP is a short, but great listen with some of the finest love songs ever written.

-Zach Gase

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