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(01 October 2000) The Corrs are continuing to take the world by
storm as they transform their style further away from their Irish roots into
contemporary pop culture. Their latest album In Blue (143 Records / Lava/
Atlantic (UK) 7567833522, 2000) drives the band further in this
direction when compared to their earlier albums Forgiven, Not Forgotten (1995),
various versions of Talk On Corners (1997) and Unplugged (1999)
as well as their videos Live at the Royal Albert Hall and
Unplugged. The band, now recognised worldwide as a major sensation,
have contributed to a broad range of other artists' work as well.
Fronted by the lead vocalist Andrea Corr (voted most beautiful
woman in Ireland on several occasions), the band is also comprised of equally
stunning sisters Sharon (violin, vocals) and Caroline (drums, vocals), brother
Jim (keys, guitar and vocals) and supporting artists Anthony Drennan (guitars)
and Keith Duffy (bass). The Corrs continue to be an exceptional live band
and (unfortunately for those that like the intamcy of a smaller hall) now
play extensively—if not exclusively—in the largest venues.
In Blue is a blend of hit pop singles ("Breathless,"
"Give Me A Reason," "Say," "Radio," "Irresistable" and "At Your Side")
and others span upbeat dance oriented numbers, tender ballads, and easy
listening pieces featuring Andrea Corr's lead vocals balancing them against
her sisters' harmonies and the band's robust instrumental arrangements.
Caroline's drumming continues to be among the best we've heard.
As one would expect of a Corrs album, vocals are mixed way
up with Andrea right up there, in your face, where Musical Discoveries
visitors like it. Vocal harmonies and occasional violin excursions are
especially notable in the easy rocking track "Sombody For Someone."
Ballads are naturally dominated by Andrea's lead, but vocal harmonies
are very Wilson Phillips like they were on Forgiven, Not Forgotten.
These include "All The Love In The World," "One Night," "Rain" and the
very "Queen Of Hollywood"-style "Hurt Before."
Despite a significant development in the pop direction, vocal
and instrumental elements of their original sound come through in their latest
album. The band's extensive whistle and violin excursions and Irish jig
style instrumentals have almost disappeared in this latest release yet an
occasional violin excursion and the stunning instrumental "Rebel Heart"
that closes the album indeed reveals the band has not completely lost their
You can find all of The Corrs albums reasonably price at
amazon.com. Soundbites are available there as well as at the label's
Order In Blue
here, Forgiven, Not Forgotten
here, the Talk On Corners Special Edition
here, and Unplugged
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The Corrs latest album In Blue while straying
away from the band's original roots, is an equally important recording
and further demonstration of the band's raw talent, albeit in a more popular
direction. The band continue to delight their audiences worldwide with their
recordings and live performances with tremendous talent, energy and style.
This latest release, like their earlier ones, is worthy of extensive
exploration, worth a trans-atlantic journey—a must listen!