First Appeared in The Music Box, March 2006, Volume 13, #3
Written by Kirk deCordova
Internationally famous for giving pop music a tinge of flavor from the Emerald Isle, The Corrs more fully returns to its roots on its latest endeavor Home. The Irish-born act of three sisters (Andrea, Caroline, and Sharon) and one brother (Jim) fills its latest offering with modern versions of traditional Celtic favorites as well as several new tunes. The best of the traditional tracks include Spancill Hill, Moorlough Shore, and the hauntingly beautiful Black is the Color. The latter tune might best be described as a fusion of Vanessa Carlton (A Thousand Miles) with Al Stewart (Year of the Cat), and its flawless production allows its orchestrations to embrace the angelic vocals of Andrea Corr. In fact, her luxurious and often-breathy articulations alone are worth the price of the album.
Home also features a pair of fine Irish jigs (Old Hag and Haste to the Wedding), both of which would be received joyfully at any pub, as well as two songs sung in Gaelic (Buachaill on Eirne and Brid Og Ni Mhaille). There is one track (Old Town), however, that doesn’t seem to fit on the album. This song is a light and frivolous pop tune that should have been saved for a future project. Notwithstanding this minor blemish, those who enjoy traditional Irish music that is well-executed and boasts superb vocals will find The Corrs’ Home to be an outing that shouldn’t be missed.
Home is available from Barnes & Noble.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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