Single Review: Corinne Bailey Rae – Stop Where You Are Announces Summer Tour With Lionel Richie


After many hints and teases Corinne Bailey Rae is officially back. She will be heading out on tour this summer which I will get to in a minute but she also has some new music for your ears. Her brand new album The Heart Speaks In Whispers is set for release on 13th May but not only that, she has a new single for you right now.

Stop Where You Are is the first official single to be taken from the new album although you can get your hands on Green Aphrodisiac and Been To The Moon if you pre-order the album. The track is about trying to find happiness in the moment rather than believing that it’s just something that can only be attained in the future as Bailey Rae explains;

“Sometimes we hold our happiness away from ourselves because we’re waiting for the perfect moment and we say, ‘When I get this job, I’ll be happy. When I lose this weight, I’ll be happy. When I get a partner, I’ll be happy’. So I really wanted to write this song, which is about being in the moment and being present, and stopping and ritualising the moment, celebrating it. I love the image of being in darkness and lighting a fire and saying, ‘Here we are together. This is life with all its pain, all its agony, all its beauty, all of its joy. This is it, this is what we have, this is the world that we’ve made!’”

I really wanted to be able to sit here and tell you how amazing this song is and how Corinne Bailey Rae is back in top form but I just can’t. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a decent song because it is, I just wanted it to be so much more than that. The chorus is a big sweeping affair and is the song’s real highlight but it sounds really disconnected from the verses. It’s almost like it’s from a different song. It’s not that Stop Where You Are is a bad song because it’s not it’s just not especially outstanding either.

Corinne will be supporting Lionel Richie on his forthcoming UK tour, including three nights at The O2 in London. She will also perform at UK festivals including Live At Leeds, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Cornbury Festival.

LIONEL RICHIE ‘ALL THE HITS’ UK TOUR

with Corinne Bailey Rae

JUNE

14th – Eden Sessions, St Austell

15th – Eden Sessions, St Austell

18th – Liberty Stadium, Swansea

19th – Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay

22nd – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

25th – Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester

26th – Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

28th – Manchester Arena, Manchester

29th – Manchester Arena, Manchester

JULY

2nd – The O2, London

3rd – The O2, London

6th – The O2, London

7th – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Further Corinne Bailey Rae live shows in the UK

7th April – The Tabernacle, London (headline)

30th April – Live At Leeds (headline)

1st May – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham

9th June – Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire

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