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The Corrs released their first 'Best Of' CD in 2002. Made up of tracks from their first three albums as well as their MTV Unplugged set, it showcases the best of their career during their early and popular years, with a total of 18 songs.
The album is bookended with two brand new songs, Would You Be Happier? and Make You Mine. These are light and pleasant songs, very cheerful and sunny (and rather reminiscent of their subsequent fourth album, Borrowed Heaven, especially opening single Summer Sunshine), but they aren't anything incredibly special.
Several songs from the band's debut album Forgiven Not Forgotten are included on this album: Runaway (the original version, not the remix that appeared on Talk On Corners), The Right Time, Love to Love You and title track Forgiven Not Forgotten. This is a decent selection although I would personally have preferred Heaven Knows, Someday, Secret Life or Closer rather than The Right Time or Love to Love You. The band's first album was the most folksy and rocky and this is reflected in the chosen songs.
A number of songs from Talk On Corners, the bestselling second album, also make an appearance. So Young and What Can I Do are the remix versions which appeared on the special edition of the album. Only When I Sleep is included: as far as I know there was only one version of that! I Never Loved You Anyway and Dreams (the cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic) are included in their original form as they appeared on the original version of the album. Confused yet? I'm happy with the selection made from Talk On Corners, though the decision of which version of a song to include seems rather arbitrary. I suppose they couldn't include both versions! One of the reasons I bought this album was to get hold of the original versions of Dreams and I Never Loved You Anyway, as my version of Talk On Corners is the special edition.
Three songs from the band's MTV Unplugged album are included here. I'm pleased about the inclusion of Radio as it's one of my favourite Corrs songs and sounds its best when the band performs it live. Lough Erin Shore, a live version of a track from Forgiven Not Forgotten, is the token instrumental on the album and sounds good live. The band's cover of REM's Everybody Hurts is also on here. I actually prefer this version to the original (I know, I must be mad!).
Several songs from In Blue, the band's third album, have a place here. Breathless, Irresistible, Give Me A Reason and a remix of All the Love in the World (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this remix was featured in one of the Bridget Jones films) are included. I quite like In Blue but it's a shame none of the haunting songs from the second half of the album, such as Rain and All in a Day, are included. Still, I do like all of the choices here except for Irresistible, which I've always found rather irritating. It was released as a single though so I guess they had to include it!
Overall this is an excellent album from The Corrs that showcases many of their best songs. It's an ideal introduction to the band and useful to have if you only have one or two of their albums. Even if you have them all there will be songs on this album that you don't have. Currently priced at under £4 on Amazon, it's great value for money considering you get 18 songs. The band later released another Best Of compilation called Dreams, with a few different songs, but it costs £8.99. I don't have that one, or the album which preceded it, Home, but in any case this one is still pretty good.
You know where you are with the Corrs. Safe, radio friendly soothing at times and distinctly Irish music with enough pop merit. Made up of three sisters and their brother Jim, they were at the peak of their fame in the late nineties, when their album 'Talk On Corners' sold millions of copies.
This is a nineteen track album to get stuck into and it gets underway with the delightful 'Would You Be Happier?' The vocals are plucky and the tune is full of charisma, paving the way for things to come. Nice and mid tempo and perfect to sit down to with a cup of tea while scouring a newspaper. Also suitable for elevators and department stores in wednesday afternoons.
'So Young' is quite good fun in which they sing about the follies of youth. The lively chorus will motivate and make you feel like skipping merrily into the nearest field with carefree abandon. If you fancy something more subdued then 'Runaway' should suffice. The harmonies are very strong on this track, but the mood is mysterious. It has a slightly downbeat notion about it, despite the positive lyrical content.
One of my faves is 'What Can I Do,' which sounds oh so very quaint. The remix from Tin Tin Out enhances the overly bland original though and Andrea's soft vocals on the chorus really soothe and make you feel like you're drifting on a cloud.
'Radio' is offered in unplugged state, allowing the guitars to shine and the drumwork to sound crisper too. The track works well stripped down, though the melody is a bit forgettable. Much better are 'Breathless and 'Irresistible'. The latter of which is far more upbeat and excites on the verses and chorus. I love the basswork in this track which really adds momentum before arriving at a gleeful chorus.
'Only When I Sleep' is slow, moody and full of unrequited angst, though it fails to peak. Not so keen on this one, though it does have an emotive chorus which sounds like it should belong in a teen movie. My final tip on here is their take on 'Dreams.' While it does not improve the Fleetwood Mac version, it does bring it to a new audience and is a competent cover. Not a bad best of, with good artwork too.
Irish family group The Corrs, gather together their greatest plus a few unreleased tracks for their 'Best of' album released in 2001.
The first 2 tracks, 'Would You Be Happier?' and 'So Young' are light and upbeat and are great openers for the album. Next we have 'Runaway' a gorgeous love song, and then 'Breathless' the groups 1st UK number 1 single.
The next track 'What Can I Do' originally appeared on the group's 'Talk on Corners' album but was then remixed by Tin Tin Out which finally introduced them to the UK music scene. The original version is quite a bit different (and in my opinion, slightly better) so it's definately worth a listen.
Other highlights from the album are 'I Never Loved You Anyway', a feisty break-up song with fantastic lyrics. 'Lough Erin Shore' is an instrumental track played live to an audience; I wasn't loving this at the start but after a few listens it seriously grew on me, with it's lovely lilting melody.
My personal favourite though, is the band's cover of REM's 'Everybody Hurts'. It's gorgeous and understated with just Andrea Corr's voice singing over a guitar and fiddle.
The Corrs have helped to introduce traditional Irish music to the mainstream and their 'Best of' is a great addition to any music fan's collection.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Would You Be Happier? [#]
2 So Young [K-Klass Remix]
5 Radio [Unplugged Version]
6 What Can I Do [Tin Tin Out Remix]
7 Right Time
8 I Never Loved You Anyway
10 Forgiven Not Forgotten
11 Lough Erin Shore [Unplugged Version]
12 Only When I Sleep
13 Love to Love You
14 All the Love in the World [Remix]
15 Everybody Hurts [Unplugged Version]
16 Give Me a Reason
18 Make You Mine [#]
19 Lifting Me [#][*]