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Corinne Bailey Rae is inspired by the pain of love

Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed that her new release was influenced by the "certain pain" love can bring about. 

'The Love EP', which is available today on Valentine's Day, is a digital-only record full of carefully selected cover songs. She explained to Digital Spy how important it was to avoid the clichéd and over-used love songs because they don't necessarily reflect the reality of such a strong emotion:

"When I'm writing love songs, I try to show a different angle. Sometimes when you're really close with someone, it brings this intimacy which brings a certain pain and opens up things in you that you didn't expect. I always think that love isn't a mushy thing. It takes a lot of commitment - it's work and it can be painful."

She also revealed that she's excited to start working on her third album, and has a new found confidence that she will bring to the recording:

"This year I'm feeling this bravery and this courage that I haven't had before and I'm feeling a lot of freedom. I want to experiment and I want to travel. I want to work with people I've never worked with before. I feel like I want to be really loose in how I approach it. I want to do a lot of writing for it but I also want to leave space for what happens in the studio and what happens in the moment."

Check out her version of Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' from the record below: