With help from her talented family, the vocalist offers a solid set of 10 songs that serve as a fine first introduction.
Rae’s musical influences include Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Shirley Horn, and Nat King Cole. The new CD reflects her eclectic tastes with a varied repertoire of songs. There’s something old, Hoagy Carmichael’s venerable "Skylark"; something new, Rae’s own uptempo composition "Colourful Place"; and something unexpected, Elvis Costello’s moody gem "Almost Blue." Costello recorded the song on his country album of the same name, and it was later covered by Baker. Still, "Almost Blue" is a largely forgotten selection in Costello’s substantial songbook. Rae, however, had the good sense to record it, and it is a highlight of the CD. Singing in a cool, haunting manner, she skillfully conveys the right emotions.
Another highlight is the lush opening track, "Save Your Love For Me." Rae’s smooth vocals give the song a timeless quality. Overall, she does better on the ballads than she does on the uptempo songs, which seem to float away after being played.
Rae fronts a band that includes her father, Ronnie Rae, on bass, and her brother, John Rae, on drums. The Raes are a well-known jazz family in Scotland. Sister Sylvia Rae recently released her own CD.
"Time Out" is worth checking out.