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The Corrs-Home (Rhino)

The Corrs' longtime fans have been grumbling for a few years now that the Irish folk-based band of their first albums had been getting more and more of a pop sheen over the years.  While it is a legitimate point that they have given less of an Irish lilt to music in recent years, the band has put together some wonderful music.

Still, the band has done this sweet little side project (it is even released on Rhino, the smaller, more nostalgic sister label of their normal imprint Atlantic) to address that complaint and also to play tribute to some of the favorite songs of the family group's late mother Jean. 

Therefore, for their new disk, fittingly called Home, the Corrs pay tribute to great Irish music, performing nine traditional songs from the Emerald Isle and three newer tunes by respected Celtic songwriters.

The new album is worth the money spent right off the bat because it finally offers a studio version of their wondrous cover of Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott's gorgeous "Old Town," a song which has been part of the group's repertoire for years.  (Live versions had previously been on the 1999 Unplugged CD and the 2003 concert video Live In London.)  That song is nearly perfect, sweet and melancholy and surprisingly upbeat all at once.

Other standouts include a dramatic take of "My Lagan Love" (which was also covered by Kate Bush quite a few years ago) and a driving version of "Heart Like a Wheel" (which was written by Anna McGarrigle but is probably best known for the 70s cover by Linda Ronstadt.)

The Corrs really didn't need to prove that they could still do this type of album, but it is kind of nice that they did.  (2/06)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2006 PopEntertainment.com All rights reserved. Posted: February 4, 2006.

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The Corrs-VH-1 presents the Corrs Live in Dublin (Lava/Atlantic)

Stardom has been a bit of a balancing act for the Corrs.   Longtime fans were heard to complain (unfairly, I think) that their 2000 studio album In Blue, which became their U.S. breakthrough, ignored the band's traditional Irish roots in favor of more easily digested pop music.  Other people refuse to take the family act seriously enough because of the four Corr siblings' ... well, photogenic quality.  Live in Dublin helps to prove that the women and man are more than just gorgeous cheekbones but they are a damn good band. 

The soundtrack to a VH-1 concert special, the album mixes Corrs favorites with a few adventurous covers.  A live version of their giddy hit single "Breathless" fairly bounds out of your speakers as does the current single "Would You Be Happier?" 

Tin whistle, traditional Irish instrumentation and a solid Ronnie Wood guitar line highlight a stunningly re-imagined version of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing."  Singer Andrea Corr also trades vocals with fellow Irish star Bono of U2 in a passionate read of Ryan Adams' "When the Stars Go Blue." 

In the end though, these guest spots may help to give the band a little legitimacy but actually it isn't needed.  Live in Dublin proves that the Corrs as a band can stand proudly alone.  (3/02)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2002 PopEntertainment.com All rights reserved. Posted: March 27, 2002.