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An album by The Corrs

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A rich family legacy & national treasure

  • Apr 3, 2006
For much of the band's professional career, the Corrs have fallen outside the bounds of "Irish pop," where they've so often been lumped, and more in the area of pop by musicians who happen to be Irish. But with "Home," the family band makes a giant leap into Ireland's musical tradition without ever losing its unique pop sound. While the sound is pop, the music this time around is largely traditional. And the crossover works brilliantly, turning classic old Irish songs into tracks that would go over quite well on any pop music radio station or dance floor.

The album was conceived as a tribute to the late Jean Corr, the siblings' mother, who was a musician and an avid collector of songs before she died in 1999. What more can I say? Traditional Irish songs given an exciting new spin by one of Ireland's top pop family bands has success written all over it. With any luck, it will bring new listeners into the traditional fold -- and will encourage the Corrs to explore more deeply their rich family legacy and national treasure.

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Almost as famous for their killer cheekbones as their astounding musical chops, this Platinum-selling Irish family band (sisters Andrea, Caroline and Sharon plus brother, Jim) has cut a major swath, garnering an international fan-base with their Celtic-flavored electrified pop and feisty live shows. They decided to cut an album of mostly traditional songs as a memorial to their mother, Jean, a musician and song collector who died in 1999. But as with Sinead O’Connor’s 2002Sean-Nos Nua, their treatments, while perfectly authentic, also reflect their more usual style. The opening selection, a spooky lullaby called "My Lagan Love", features martial-sounding drums, washes of parlor piano and banked strings straight out an Arab-Andalouse orchestra. "Peggy Gordon", about unrequited love, has a retro folk-rock back-beat that works beautifully with the plaintive vocals. "Old Hag" is a rollicking instrumental while the Irish-language "Buachaill On Eirne" and "Brid Og Ni MHaille", if a tad unidiomatic, do not lack charm. But the track that lingers longest in the ear is "Dimming Of The Day", a gloriously moving ballad from the pen of British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson. --Christina Roden
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Label: Rhino , Wea
Artist: The Corrs
Release Date: February 7, 2006

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