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The Corrs


Country of origin:

Ireland

Type of music generally:

Mainstream pop with traditional influences

Status:

Most recent release, White Light (2015)

See also:

The Corrs' site

Wikipedia's entry on The Corrs

Comparisons:

The Spice Girls, The Bangles

Covers/own material:

Own; some co-writing and covers

General comments:

Great harmonies! I am not familiar with this group yet, but the lead singer has a very lovely, melodic voice! (fleur)

They blend traditional Irish instrumentation with solid rock along with great harmonic vocals (2 women leads). (mundopax@ingress.com)

I went out and bought their first disc on spec based on reviews from rec.music.folk and it flew in and out of my disc player. Very few discs do I utterly HATE on first listening, but this was one of them. I know other people like them, but I wouldn't recommend this group to anyone. Bland, commercial eviscerated Celtic pop. (Neile)

I find it quite ironic that of all possible artists it was the Corrs who caused such controversy among us, because if I had to describe them in one word, I'd chose the word "inoffensive". I don't think they are as bad as some posts would have it; they are just very commercial, easy and bland. For some this is indeed offensive, but remember I'm one of those people who think Frente are one of the greatest things in music :) My tolerance to sugar coating can be quite high... (afries@zip.com.au)

Their producer, David Foster has long been involved in a certain type of slick, unthreatening and frankly commercial music, and that seems to be the market the Corrs are targetting. They're bright and perky, have a glamorous fashion model cachet and move a lot of product outside North America, but I wouldn't say they're particularly ectophilic. (nkg@vcn.bc.ca)

The Washington Post last week had a glowing review of the Corrs show at the Birchmere. I'm still a bit baffled, as the band written about seems to bear no resemblance to the band that sounded like light, fluffy pop with only the faintest hint of Celtic soul to them. (Neal)

Comments about live performance:

I heard them in concert a few months ago—they've got great energy, not to mention music. (5/99, billonline@adlerbooks.com)

Recommended first album:

The best starting place would likely be one of the compilations

Recordings:

  • Forgiven, Not Forgotten (1995)
  • Talk on Corners (1997)
  • The Corrs—Live (live, 1997)
  • The Corrs Unplugged (live, 1999)
  • In Blue (2000)
  • Best of The Corrs (compilation, 2001)
  • The Corrs, Live in Dublin (live, 2002)
  • Borrowed Heaven (2004)
  • Home (2005)
  • Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection (compilation, 2006)
  • The Works (compilation, 2007)
  • Original Album Series (compilation, 2011)
  • White Light (2015)

Forgiven, Not Forgotten

Release info:

1995—Atlantic

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of mainstream pop

Group members:

Andrea Corr—lead vocals, tin whistle
Caroline Corr—drums, bodhrán, piano, vocals
Jim Corr—guitar, keyboards, piano, vocals
Sharon Corr—violin, vocals

Guest artists:

Anthony Drennan—lead guitar
Keith Duffy—bass
Simon Phillips—drums (9)

Produced by:

Jim Corr, David Foster

Comments:

Pleasant. Nothing special, but I think I'll probably end up listening to it again. (cos@wbrs.org)

I also bought the Corrs' album, fairly recently. I prefer the instrumental songs, but it's all pleasant, if not particularly distinctive. (JoAnn Whetsell)

You're going to love the Corrs, Forgiven, Not Forgotten. Great CD. (billonline@adlerbooks.com)

I didn't like the first Corrs album. That's fine too. (vickie@wwa.com)

Vickie bought it and passed it, with a shudder, on to me. I put it in my disc player (which later sued me for maltreatment because of this incident) and tried, tried, TRIED to listen all the way through, figuring that there had to be one listenable song on the album—one accidental gem, like on the Pinups album, or "Heroes" on Shawn Cassidy's Wasp. And for all I know, one of the last few songs might be such a rarity. But I'll never know. (lissener@wwa.com)

their debut (i guess) is called forgiven, not forgotten and is billed as "traditional irish music meets contemporary pop" on the sticker. i had hoped for something like in tua nua and got total trash. there are a couple, short interesting traditional pieces, but that is the extent of the meeting going on between genres. i guess the violin makes it "traditional". avoid. two thumbs down. (woj@smoe.org)


Talk on Corners

Release info:

1997—Atlantic

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of mainstream pop

Group members:

Andrea Corr—lead vocals, tin whistle
Caroline Corr—drums, bodhrán, piano, vocals
Jim Corr—guitars, keyboards, piano, vocals
Sharon Corr—violin, vocals

Guest artists:

Anthony Drennan—lead guitar
Keith Duffy—bass
Paul Peterson—bass, keyboards
Matt Laug—drums
John Shanks—guitars, mandolin
Oliver Leiber—guitars
David Foster—keyboards, synth bass
Michael Thompson—guitars
John Robinson—drums
Dean Parks—guitars
Michael Thompson—guitars, organ
Tim Pierce—guitars
Gota Yashiki—drums
John Glutin—keyboards
Jeff Hull—keyboards
Rick Nowels—guitars
Suzy Katayama—cello
Lisa Wagner—cello
Luis Conte—percussion
Dane DeViller—guitars
Lance Morrison—bass
Matt Chamberlain—drums
Paddy Maloney—uilleann pipes, tin whistle
Derek Bell—harp
Sean Keane—fiddle
Martin Fay—fiddle
Matt Malloy—flute
Kevin Conneff—bodhrán

Produced by:

Glen Ballard, Jim Corr, David Foster, John Hughes, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, Peter Rafelson, Billy Steinberg, Randy Wine

Comments:

I had forgotten how much this group reminds me of the Spice Girls or Bangles......a few kind of obnoxious tunes, but most is ok. (Riphug@aol.com)

Bought this after it was so highly recommended here, love it. thanx for the tip. (sspan)


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