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In Blue, released in 2000, was the third album by Irish band The Corrs. It saw them move away from their Irish folk sound to a more commercial and poppy one. This is the album that made the band a success in the US, although in the UK it didn't match the heights of their second album Talk On Corners.
In Blue was released, like so many of the Corrs' albums, in two versions: an initial version with a pink cover and the band posing in a studio, and a special edition with a picture of the band standing on a street, including a second CD with some acoustic and live songs. The version I have is the original version.
The album kicks off with Breathless, the popular number one single, and the first song to be released from the album. It is a happy, summery, upbeat pop song with lighthearted guitars and sunny harmonies from the Corrs sisters. This song brings back a lot of memories of the summer of its release!
The next few songs, Give Me a Reason, Somebody for Someone, Say and All the Love in the World, are indie pop songs with traditional guitars, violins and added synths. These few songs always make me imagine sitting in a coffee shop for some reason!
The next song, Radio, was first revealed on the band's MTV Unplugged album and is one of my favourite ever Corrs songs. It has all the elements of a classic Corrs song - violins, guitars, a memorable melody and synth sounds. The same cannot be said for the subsequent song Irresistible - although this song was released as a single and met with some success I always found it a bit annoying and thought it was one of the weaker tracks on the album.
One Night takes the album in a different direction: a slow song, with soothing violins and hypnotic vocals from lead singer Andrea. All in a Day brings back the violins for a haunting tune. These later songs seem to sound more like traditional Corrs than the more mainstream tracks at the beginning of the album. The mood picks up, however, with the uplifting At Your Side, which bears some resemblance to Breathless. Guitar-driven, never-letting-up No More Cry's upbeat tone belies the tragic subject matter - it was written after the tragic death of the band's mother.
Rain and Hurt Before are haunting, folksy ballads; it's a shame that in between them comes Give It All Up, a repetitive and annoying, supposedly upbeat track. Rounding the album off is Rebel Heart, a traditional Corrs instrumental - very Irish-sounding with plenty of violins and tin whistles. It was used as the theme song for a BBC TV drama of the same name.
Overall I think this is a very strong album, despite seeming rather too commercialised and pop-orientated at first. It certainly sounds different to the band's first two albums, but there is still plenty on here that is worth a listen, especially the slower tracks at the end of the album. Most of the songs are really strong and it's only Irresistible and Give It All Up that I don't like. A well-deserved 4 stars.
With the phenomenal hit single-fuelled successes of the Corrs’ first two CDs ‘Forgiven Not Forgotten’ and ‘Talk On Corners’, it was almost inevitable that what followed next would almost certainly be an anti-climax. Their third album ‘In Blue’, could have taken either of two directions. Either they would continue along the folksy path, making sure their songs had enough nods towards radio-friendliness (and chart single remix potential) with the Celtic rootsiness kept as a constant thread; or else they could have opted for world domination by going all out for the pop approach. Market forces often require the latter approach. So it’s hardly surprising that ‘In Blue’ is an almost nothing-spared foray into pop and easy listening fare, presumably with the US audience in mind. While it’s by no means a bad album, it gives the impression that this is the record their accountants and record company wanted them to record, as opposed to the collection they would have preferred to record themselves. Not that you can’t be commercial yet pretty damn good into the bargain. If any single really deserved to debut at No. 1 in the singles charts of the gruesomely calculating 21st century, ‘Breathless’ was it. Track one of the album, and its first single, is surely one of the most joyous, infectious songs of its time. Co-written by the group and Robert John Lange (he of Def Leppard, Boomtown Rats and wife Shania Twain production credits in the past), it really leaps out of the speakers and defies you not to sing along with the chorus. I bet Belinda Carlisle, or even Shania herself, were hopping mad that they never got the chance to record this one first. Maybe it wasn’t a wise tactic to put their best shot at the beginning. It’s followed by what surfaced as the third single, the mid-paced ‘Give Me A Reason’. On the plus side, it’s anoth
er strong chorus with some good muscular rhythm guitar, and Sharon's fiddle work in the instrumental break reminds you that these are the Corrs and not the Bangles (not that I’m knocking the latter). On the minus side, the verses are a little dull. Two other tracks were released as singles, ‘Irresistible’ and ‘Radio’. Significantly, like ‘Reason’, they all peaked well short of the Top 10 on release. Both of them are more dance-orientated, and the choruses are quite hooky, but they don’t have the appeal of their stronger material. Of the remaining nine tracks, most are basically split between the more up-tempo side and out-and-out balladry. ‘At Your Side’ is a nice sprightly pop tune, on which Sharon’s wonderful fiddle work gets a chance to shine, while ‘Give It Up’ tips its hat to a reggae style. The most personal track of all, and one which should arguably have been one of the singles, is the moving ‘No More Cry’, written in memory of their mother Jean who sadly passed away from cancer while the album was being recorded. Yet far from being maudlin, it’s a sturdy number enlivened by touches of guitar reminiscent of some of the old 60s and early 70s US West Coast bands. As for the ballads, they’re pleasant enough. I like the tinkling piano intro to ‘Somebody For Someone’, while the wistful ‘All The Love In The World’ and ‘One Night’ aren’t far behind ‘Runaway’ quality-wise. The summery ‘All In A Day’ and ‘Hurt Before’ are passable, but a tad anonymous; they don’t measure up to the standard of the others. At last they get back to their roots on the final track, ‘Rebel Heart’. Almost instrumental, this is a poignant air which sounds like some TV theme (if it is, no doubt someone will tell me), and is also far closer to the fir
st two albums. The scan above, by the way, shows the single album format. There is also an ostensibly ‘limited edition’ double, with a different photo on the front, but this seems to be as readily available, and for the same price, as the standard issue. (A tad unethical of the record company, methinks). This includes acoustic, less glossy and in my view superior versions of ‘Somebody for Someone’, ‘No More Cry’, ‘Radio’, and ‘At Your Side’, recorded for a Virgin Radio session, two previously unreleased tracks, 'Love In The Milky Way' and 'Looking In The Eyes Of Love', and live versions of ‘Haste to the Wedding’ (a joyously full-tilt Celtic reel) and their 1998 hit ‘So Young’. It’s clear on these last two that both audience and band were thoroughly enjoying themselves. All in all it’s a good album, but if you heard this and didn’t know the Corrs’ earlier work, you might have wondered what all the fuss was about. I’d say this was one for fervent fans only, otherwise a copy of ‘Greatest Hits’ will probably fill that gap in your collection just as well. As for what comes next - according to their website, they took a break while drummer Caroline and her husband had a baby, and are currently working on a fourth album with former Sheryl Crow producer Bill Bottrell. A more feisty, rockish Corrs next time perhaps?
*This Review did have capitals when I wrote it, I promise* I take great pride in being a little over one-half Irish. I’m not sure why, although I think it might have something to do with it giving me artistic license to drink too much, talk rubbish, talk rubbish very quickly, watch horse racing, tell bad jokes, and listen to the Corrs whilst nodding my head in a proud way. That’s my theory, anyway. But whether or not any of that is true, the general global consensus is that The Corrs are a seriously talented, original group, which has been verified by their continually high album sales and the longevity of their career. Therefore, as I stumbled across my copy of the In Blue Special Edition CD, I decided to chip in my two-pence worth here on dooyoo. Of course, this wasn’t a flawless plan because when I opened the case I found Texas – The Greatest Hits languishing inside, but enough about my untidiness. Maybe that’s an Irish trait, too. Please note that after ten minutes of scrabbling through a cupboard, CD 1 was finally located in the case of U2’s Greatest Hits. If anyone has seen my copy of CD2 of U2’s album lurking on a street corner somewhere, please kick it up the bum and send it home. Thankyou. Right, onward unto the review. One thing you notice if you’ve listened to more than one Corrs album is that their original sound – such as you’ll find on Talk On Corners – was much more traditionally Irish, pipes a-tooting etcetera, and this certainly did sell albums. However, their mainstream commercial success – such as their Number One UK hit Breathless – is a more developed, romantic folk-rock sound, and this is the main tone of In Blue. For die-hard fans, though, the original sound does still have an influence, so the band can’t really be accused of selling out. **Quick Break at Expense of Donna Air** TV Presenter Donna Air int
erviewed the band as couple of years back and asked them, in all seriousness, how they had met, despite the band being famous for being one of the few families who can work together. The major clue, I think, is that they all have the same surname, look identical, and are in a band named after them. Get that girl a researcher! Anyway, time for a track-by-track breakdown, methinks. Track 1 on CD1 is that aforementioned hit Breathless, which topped the charts in Summer 2000 and became one of the big numbers on my soundtrack to the summer. It was the song that really signalled the new approach of the band, a fast-paced, drum-lead track combined with the ever-flawless vocals from Andrea and her sisters. Track 2 is Give Me A Reason, also released as a single, which has some computer-tweaked sound effects in the background that, thankfully, don’t detract from another well-executed song. Again Andrea doesn’t hit one wrong note and whilst being slower than Breathless, the music still moves along as a good pace. The old Irish influence is back in the middle of the song, combined with the modern sound of guitar work and drums, and the result is highly effective, even though it didn’t chart as high as Breathless. Track 3, Somebody for Someone, was to me initially a low-point on the album, but it turned out to be a bit of a grower! This track relies on the old lyric-led approach of earlier albums, which is always going to be a winner with this band because the vocals are beautifully matched and the lyrics are very well written, easy to appreciate, and paint good mental images rather than half-arsedly attempting to document emotions, as some bands tend to do. If you like breathy lyrics and gentle songs then this one is for you. Track 4, Say, has a good rhythm and inspires some quality foot-tapping. It’s not a slow soppy number but it’s not in the same tone as Breathless either, and sounds light hearted
even though some of the lyrics are quite negative. This has always been one of my favourites on the album, and as always Andrea’s voice is used to great benefit. Track 5 – All The Love In The World. This one has undertones of 80’s love songs to me. This one never really grew on me as much as some other tracks, although there is no doubting that it’s got its good points. The lyrics are very effective, especially to anyone who’s broken up with someone or fallen for someone – maybe that’s why I don’t like it so much! I do like the chorus, which has slightly more life to it and the strongest of the lyrics – “I don’t want to wake up alone anymore, still believing you’ll walk through my door” pulls the heart strings if you’re me! Track 6 is Radio, one of my favourite all-time Corrs tracks, upbeat and brilliant on the mental imagery. Very upbeat, it never really seems to age to me. Andrea and the girls (sisters Sharon and Caroline) are on form and Jim does a great job on background music. “So listen to the radio, and all the songs we used to know” is the lyric that sums the song up, it’s simply a song about someone who has lost their lover and every song reminds her of him, everywhere she goes she remembers him, and who hasn’t felt like that? Hugely effective but, considering the lyrical content, has a surprisingly high feel-good factor; it would be easy to end this song on a low note but it actually makes you feel pretty good! Track 7, Irresistible, is another fast-paced, rocky number that ticks all the boxes but simply isn’t my favourite song on the album. Possibly this is a result of there being too much of a good thing on this album, but there’s nothing glaringly wrong with the song, it just comes down to personal preference. Quick-moving, good lyrics, well performed track which is pretty much a feel-good song. Tra
ck 8, One Night, is a bit different. It’s a slow-moving number but the background music is quite quirky, and the whole stage is thrown down to Andrea’ voice initially. To me it sounds disjointed to begin with, which can be off-putting, but it starts to level out after the first verse, the music comes together more although Andrea’s lyrics are still the focal – well, vocal – point of the song. If you don’t like soppy love songs, avoid this one! Track 9, All In A Day, sounds great to start with. Andrea’s vocals are used a little differently to usual, it’s quirkier than most Corrs tracks but it does work even if it’s not their strongest piece. Nice guitar work in between the verses is effective, and the traditional Irish sound makes an appearance. This is a very good summer Sunday song, the kind you can put on the radio and just let flow along in it’s own time. Track 10, At Your Side, is a lively, happy number, which I’m fairly sure off the top of my head is a re-worked (i.e. rockier version) of a track that was on an earlier album. The song makes the transition from traditionally Irish to modern light rock really well, and whilst I wouldn’t have a clue how to actually dance to it without looking like a total muppet, it does make you want to move a bit. Track 11, No More Cry, features the new rocky sound in a big way. Drum intro, guitars, and then Andrea’s singing very quickly. It’s another little sound experiment and another one that works. The lyrics are too happily sung and light to make this a really rocky track but the background music counters it so that it’s not just another carbon copy Corrs track. Track 12, Rain. Slower, with a touch of the Zero 7 sound. It would be very similar to their older songs in terms of pace and lyrics, but this slightly dreamy background sound as used by Zero 7 and Air in past years gives it a new approach. Very
effective. Track 13, Give It All Up, doesn’t begin like a Corrs song should! Computer-tweaked musical intro and – argh! – they’ve used the same machine to warp Andrea’s voice. Why?! I don’t like this, I don’t see why they felt the need to mess up what to me, The Corrs are about – proper music and well-sung lyrics. This sounds like the Vengaboys sneaked into the studio and spilt a can of Coke over the controls. Track 14, Hurt Before. Starts very slowly and sounds slightly dark. Kick in with the lyrics, it carries on slowly for a verse or two and then the music starts to slowly build up with a regular beat. Not particularly brilliant, but nothing wrong with it. Again, not one for the anti-romantics! Track 15 is Rebel Heart, it starts slow and has the old Irish sound back in place from the get go. If anyone remembers the Love Theme used in Buffy The Vampire Slayer in her scenes with Angel, it starts off very similar to that at one point, in fact it could even be the Irish version of that. This is an instrumental track that you could envisage being used on Ballykissangel, and is the last track on CD1. If you like the old Corrs material then it seems like a good choice to round off with, if you prefer their rocky approach then it will probably seem out of place. Right, as I said this is indeed the special edition so the Bonus CD deserves a mention. It’s got 8 tracks so rather than waffle on for another five hundred words I’ll keep this brief! Track 1 – Acoustic version of Somebody For Someone Track 2 – Acoustic version of No More Cry Track 3 – Acoustic version of Radio Track 4 – Acoustic version of At Your Side Track 5 – Previously unreleased track, Love In The Milky Way. Quite rocky, guitar-driven song, darker use of Andrea’s lyrics, could be quite a sexy little number if it wasn’t for the overly breathy ba
cking lyrics that sometimes pop up. Pleasant surprise. Track 6 – Previously unreleased track, Looking In The Eyes of Love. Much more the traditional formula than Track 5, very nice little love song, nothing ambitious, just very capable show of what the Corrs have always done so well. Track 7 – Haste To The Wedding, (Live). Extremely Irish! Right back to the roots here, and why not. Just listen to how the crowd caught on this live recording are enjoying it and it says it all, really. Instrumental. Track 8 – Bonus Track, So Young (Live). Live recording of their classic So Young. **Break for some (apparently real) Irish quotes** “Dead Man Injured In Crash” – headline on the Irish Times Radio DJ- “With which town in England is Shakespeare associated?” Caller – “Hamlet.” “The idea is well and good in theory, but tell me this, who is going to feed them?” Councillor objecting to a proposal to boost tourism by putting Gondolas on a lake. I don’t know if they’re true or not but it makes for a giggle. Anyway, back to In Blue; a very good album for anyone who is new to the Corrs in that it combines the best of their new sound with the fundamental basics of their original work. The reasons that The Corrs will never truly be a massive mainstream success with single after single hitting Number One is that a)whilst there is always going to be a fashion for pop, rock or club music, there has not as yet been a craze for light rock with Irish undertones – shame, really – and b) as much as I love this music, I find it very unlikely that you could dance to every track on this album and not look like a fool at regular intervals. However, if you want easy-listening, foot-tapping, well-made pub music / barbecue background music / something to cry your heart out after a break-up by, then this is it. The formula behind it i
s sickening, really – a family who not only get on so well that they can work together for their entire lives, but who are also all absolutely stunning, making brilliant music and being artistically respected. Oh, and that Andrea. Stunning, great voice, looks fantastic in expensive designer clothes... I mean, can’t they have flaws like the rest of us? Jealous, me? Noooo.
As a dedicated Corrs fan, I awaited the release of the groups third album with baited breath. Unfortunately as I began to listen to the album I wondered whether the sales assistant had sold me the wrong album, the tracks I was listening were certainly not in the traditional ilk of the Corrs! The first track on the album is "Breathless", the track that would also provide the albums first single. Unsurprisingly it made number one in the charts, but they had certainly betrayed their musical roots in order to achieve such a feat. There was only a hint of Celtic influence in this undeniably pop/rock track. The second track, "Give me a reason" is once again pop/rock with a slight sprinkling of disco, a palatable tune (which was destroyed by the remix version released as the albums second single) but once again who could detect Sharon's violin, Andrea's tin whistle or Caroline's Bodhran. The third, fourth and fifth tracks ("Somebody for Someone", "Say" and "All the love in the world") are sickly mainstream ballads, synthesized to within an inch of their lives! Track number six, "Radio", heralds a welcome return to their traditional style as does the acoustic concluding track "Rebel Heart". The remaining tracks, ?Irresistible", "One Night", "All in a Day", "At your side", "No More Cry", "Rain", "Give it all up" and "Hurt Before" are all of the pop/rock/disco/depressing ballad ilk, with only a discreet smattering of Celtic influence. Despite appearances I am not against change and the gradual transition between their previous "Forgiven Not Forgotten", "Talk On Corners" and "Unplugged" albums was just right. This was just too extreme, too unexpected and too stylistically confused.
really good album - Advantages: great quality - Disadvantages: none
The Corrs are three sisters (Andrea-lead vocals, tin whistle, Caroline-vocals, drums, bodhren, Sharon-vocals, violin) and one brother (Jim-guitar, vocal, keyboards). ‘In Blue’ is the Corrs third album after their debut ‘Forgiven not forgotten’ and it’s follow up ‘Talk on corners’. The Corrs really hit the big time with ‘Talk on corners’ this album was the biggest selling album of 1998, the album was savvy and had a unique mix of current pop dance beats with Irish flavour, it worked brilliantly! Unfortunately The Corrs have not stuck to they’re proven formula; this has resulted in ‘In Blue’ being full of bland and boring tracks! Don’t get me wrong there are some killer tunes on this album, but there are also some really bad ones too, when The Corrs are good they are fantastic but when they are bad they are horrendous! One of the producers on this album is Mutt Lange who is responsible for some of Shania Twain's and Brian Adams’s best songs, and I think he has produced two of the best songs on the album! Here’s my track-by-track review: Breathless The first song is Breathless. It’s a happy go lucky love song. Very well done and sung. “Mutt” Lange is responsible for this one; it is one of the killer tunes on this album! (10/10) Lyrics Include So go on, go on, come on leave me breathless / Tempt me, tease me, until I can't deny / This lovin' (lovin') feeling (feeling) / Make me long for your kiss / Go on (go on), go on (go on), yeah / Come on / Yeah / And if there's no tomorrow / And all we have is here and now / I'm happy just to have you / You're all the love I need somehow / It's like a dream / Although I'm not asleep / I never want to wake up / Don't lose it (don't lose it) / Don't leave it (don't leave it) Give Me A Reas
on Give Me A Reason has an infectious groove that ignites a standard pop chorus. The subject is about a couple on the verge of a break up. “You’ll never know the love I felt, wanting, waiting for you. It takes a weak heart to forget, follow, follow it through.” This is one of the only tunes on the album with even a tinge of the quartet's trademark Irish sound, too bad many more of these would have been great! (10/10) Lyrics Include You'll never know the love I felt / Wanting, waiting for you / It takes a weak heart to forget / Follow, follow it through / Well, now my body's weak - so just give me a reason / And my makeup's off - so just give me a reason / And my defences down - so just give me a reason / Give me a reason / Give me a reason Somebody For Someone Song number three, Somebody For Someone. The first deep song we come to. The setting opens up with a young girl selling herself in the night. All she wants is ‘somebody for someone’. “And he sees in her an angel in the cruellest of worlds, hiding in the darkness…” (5/10) Lyrics Include Somebody for someone / Yeah, yeah, I wanna be somebody for someone / I know there's gonna be somebody for someone / You're gonna be somebody for someone / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Somebody for someone (look at me) / Somebody for someone (look at me) / I wanna be somebody for someone / Somebody for someone / Somebody for someone (look at me) / Somebody for someone Say I don’t like this song and I can’t bear to analyse it, sorry but it’s really is that bad! (2/10) Lyrics Include But if he say, say, says that he loves me (say that you love me) / I can't cry, I can't smile / But if he say, say, says that he needs me (say that you need me) / There's a light, there's a light / Light for me / Yeah / (Say) / o many things that I would like to say / But he
took you, took you away / So many things I'd like to ask / It's no good, 'cause you're not here / I hear your voice (I hear your voice), I see you laugh / And if only you were here / You've seen the night, and I the day / But sometime we'll walk away All The Love In The World Lange also produced all The Love In The World, song number five. A power ballad for the new millennium. The song is about someone waiting for that special someone to give all their love to. The positive reflection of this is those who are saving their virginity till marriage. A near impossible task for today’s pop culture. (7/10) Lyrics Include Love's for a lifetime / not for a moment / o happy, don't throw it away / I'm only human / And nights grow colder / With no-one to love me that way / I need someone who releases me /(Don't want to wake...) / Don't want to wake up alone anymore / Still believing you'll walk through my door / You'll reach for me and I'll know it's for sure / Then I'll give all the love in the world Radio Radio follows with its classic pop rock driving beat. Produced by the Corrs only, this is a good song. It’s about listening to the radio and hearing songs that remind you of somebody. It just proves my point that there is power in music. Just read through Joshua chapter six in the Bible. Music can stir emotion like a wild oceanic storm whips the sea. (10/10) Lyrics Include So I listen to the radio (listen to the radio) / And all the songs we used to know (listen to the) / So I listen to the radio (listen to the radio) / Remember where we used to go? / Now it's morning light and it's cold outside / Caught up in a distant dream / I turn and think that you are by my side. Irresistible Irresistible is a “Mutt” classic sound. Echoing Brian Adams and Def Leppard. A well-done song about wanting someon
e based solely on their looks – I love it! (10/0) Lyrics Include So cant you see I'm tortured (tortured) / Oh, can't you hear my pain / If you just let me / show you (show you) / I'll be your summer rain / Then you'll feel that you want me (the way I feel it) / Just like I want you (the way I want you) / And you'll know nothing's better / It's like nothing before / You're irresistible - natural, physical / It's indefinable - magical, illogical / So make-you-mineable. One Night One Night brings the excitement down with its sombre rhythmic effect. A one-night stand is sometimes okay, is the meaning of the song. (6/10) Lyrics Include When morning awakes me / Well I know I'll be along / And I feel I'll be fine / So don't you worry about me / I'm not empty on my own / or inside I'm alive / That for one night / It was so right / That I gave you All In A Day All In A Day is just O.K. That’s all I can say! (3/10) Lyrics Include Just let me float / Just let me drift on by (drift on by) / No more, no pain / I don't have tears to cry (tears to cry) / I'm twisting (twisting, twisting) / I'm turning (turning, turning) / I'm aching (aching) / And it's burning / In one day / In one day At Your Side At Your Side picks up the pace with and I’ll be there for you’ feel. Uplifting songs with cool violin parts are always a favourite of mine. (9/10) Lyrics Include I'll be at your side / There's no need to worry Together we'll survive / Through the haste and hurry / I'll be at your side / When you feel like you're alone / Or you've nowhere to turn / I'll be at your side / If life's standing still and your soul's confused / And you cannot find what road to choose / If you make mistakes, yeah, (make mistakes) / You won't let me down (let me down) /
I will still believe (still believe) / I will turn around / And you know that No More Cry No More Cry is a guitar driven fast rapping lyrical song. “I’m telling you, I’m smiling for you only, I’m trying for you souly, I’m praying for you only, I’m singing for you only, I worry for you only…” Good positive song for the encouragement of others. (7/10) Lyrics Include I'm telling you / Smiling for you only (only) / I'm trying for you solely (solely) / I'm praying for you only (only) / No more cry, no more cry / I want to hear you laugh again / Don't allow the ache to bring you down / No, we'll never be the same / If only I could take your pain / If it's true what people say / There still is beauty in each day / We find comfort in her strength / And wonder soon we'll meet again Rain Rain is a bluesy gospel sounding song with somewhat shallow words. (4/10) Lyrics Include We are living on hope / We are living on life / Depending on truth / Until the day we die / We are living on hope / We are living on life / Depending on truth Until the day we die / Lost and lazy floating through the dawn / And twisting and turning in a hazy mist / A guardian angel of silver and ice / Sleeping, sinking in a stream of light / But it's all (it's all right), it's all right now / 'Cause we're living for this night for so long now / Yes it's all (it's all right), it's all right Give It All Up Give It all Up starts up with a hip-hop like vibe but looses it. The horn section doesn’t help matters either. (3/10) Lyrics Include Still I'd / I'd give it all up just for you / Just to have you near me / I'd give it all up just for you / You bring me up, you bring me down / You turn me inside out / I'd give it all up just for you / I'd give it all up just for you / Just
to have you near me / I'd give it all up just for you / You bring me up, you bring me down / You turn me inside out / I'd give it all up just for you Hurt Before Hurt Before rings in with a moody string section. This song tells a story of a girl of twenty-five who has been hurt before. Only thing is we really don’t know how she was hurt. No closure with this song. Cool violins though. (6/10) Lyrics Include There's a pain in her heart, she's trying to hard to unwind / Makes her cry in the night, when visions so real make her blind / Wants to break through the fear, erasing the scars from within / Start a new kind of being, she's down and she's praying again / Show me the way - show me, show me how / Help me, be brave - for love / Show me the way - show me, tell me how / What do you say? Rebel Heart Rebel Heart finishes the album. It’s an instrumental, and a good one too. It shows off their strong Irish background. (8/10) To be honest this album is pretty awful, I’m really sad to see that The Corrs have gone downhill!
As a long term Corrs fan I was eagerly awaiting the release of "In blue". Having been totally in love with the celtishness of "Forgiven not Forgotten", "Talk on corners" was rather less folkish, but still an excellent album. I waited with baited breath to be blown away by fiddles and tin whistles. Oh how dissapointed I was when I turned on my CD player. Pop, Pop and more Pop. Where was the bodhran, the whistles, the fiddle, was really the Corrs or just another mediocre manufactured pop group? "Breathless". I was, to say the least. This song had S club 7 written all over it. I wanted to cry as the album continued, and "Give me a reason", "Somebody for someone" and "Say" made me morbid. Then came a ballad "All the love in the world" and Andrea's rendition of a Carpenteresqe love song came bounding through, and somewhere a memory was stirred. "Radio" I had heard before on the Unplugged CD but I personally prefer it just that, Unplugged. I didn't like the newer version. When "Irrisistable" came flooding through my speakers I literally groaned. Who had written those lyrics. I could see the slatings in the media already. "...so I'll make you mineable!" Oh man, what had happened? I was at this point devestated. Then again "One night" came next and I was filled with hope again. Another smoochy ballad, a bit more like the Corrs I knew and loved. "All in a day" again had me weeping into my coffee, not technically a bad song but very morbid, and depressing for a band who usually like a good lilting ditty. "At your side". At last a song that I really enjoyed, sang along with, as it was on their Unplugged album previously and it is spiritually uplifting. Well done for that one, it made me feel like at last we were getting something for our mone
y. "No more cry" and "Rain". Well what can i say, again potential slatings for the kyrical content of these songs and still not enough of the irishness that i had hoped for. When was it going to come? Then another bad pop song in "Give it all up" and I felt that this was a bad day getting worse musically. My hope that they would stay away from songs like this had not been heard. And so on to "Hurt Before". Again I was left wondering why this song was so bleak. The whole album had been filled with despai and this song was no exception. Then came what I had been waiting for all along, "Rebel Heart". Thank you so much, I loved it from the very moment it started. Its build up to the choral section at the end made it well worth the wait, and shouls have been accompanied with several other instumentals of the same quality on the album. I have now listened to this album several hundred times, and even though I would have slated it initially, I have actually grown to quite like it. The sombre feel is very removed from what we have come to expect from the Corrs, but I feel that maybe we all need to alter our directions sometimes. The bad pop still remains and there are a couple of songs on the album that I just hate, but all in all its not a terrible CD. All I hope is that on the next studioe offering from the Corrs we get more traditionally inspired songs and less of the chart topping related items that they tried to create here.
In Blue is the third studio album from the Corrs, and quite frankly is easily the weakest. This album sacrifices the Irish traditional elememt that made the first two such an enjoying experience in the hopes of making it in a world of pop where Britney Spear and *NSync (and God knows how many clones) rule supreme. Rumour has it that this album was created purely for the pop-ridden market of the United States following their inability to make it big with either Forgiven not Forgotten or Talk on Corners, and personally I agree with this belief. The merger of pop with a celtic feel was what made the first two albums great. This howvere is nothing more than pure pop, with the exception of the token instrumental Rebel Heart. The few gems to be found in this album are No More Cry, Hurt Before and Someobdy for Someone as well as the previously mentioned Rebel Heart. Four songs out of fifteen may not seem too bad, but I expected much more from this album.
This is consistanantly keeping up with their last two albums, with soulful melodies, to hard hitting romantics, such as their no 1 single- breathless. They are one of the best bands, with a huge family talent. Although Andrea Corr is the most famous, the other three should not be ignored, they all sing really well, and they can all play their own particular instruments extremely well!! My favourite song from this album is irrestible- this very catchy tune with very cool lyrics makes it in my list for unmissable listening! Already mentioned, Breathless, is great. The lyrics make you sing a long, and you just can't get the tune out of your head. This album, is not their best, 'Talk on corners' , is in the lead. But th songs are of good quality, and any corrs fan would appreciate it.
The Corrs continue to go from strength to strength with the release of their latest and greatest album 'In Blue’. This album could almost be mistaken for a greatest hits album, such is the quality of the songs in the playlist. It also marks a slight change of direction for their music as there is less of the Irish folk music feel and a more pop orientated approach. Whilst long serving Corrs fans may not take to this, there can be no disputing the quality of the final product with more than half a dozen of the tracks more than capable of making a good impression in the top ten. Anyone who has ever liked anything by the Corrs should rush out and buy this album today.
Having got the previous Albums from the Corrs I waited in anticipation for this offering. After the excellent Talking on Corners it was going to be a huge task for them to produce something as good. I have to say I am somewhat disappointed with In Blue. Yes it does have all the Corrs previous professionalism and their unmistakable Irish Sound, but I feel it hasnt quite got the depth and sharpness of their previous albums. There are some good numbers but overall I feel disappointed. Lets hope this is just a blip from the girls ( and their brother) They are after all a good unique mix and its just a shame that this album doesnt quite get there for me.
The Corrs originally rose to prominence with their "Irish" sound, and although their Celtic charm is still apparent, this album is more of a mainstream rocky/pop album, with traditional Irish instrumental accompaniments having been widely replaced by more guitars, although this is not to say that the tin whistle, violin and bodhran have been totally banished. First up is the smash single "Breathless", with catchy guitar, pumping drumbeat, a genuine driving tune - it seems to be a popular tune to roar up the Autobahn here in Austria to. Next up, "Give me a reason", has a strong dancy feeling to it, with the synths in the background before syncing into a more rocklike feel with guitars, before blending in a Celtic feel with a looped violins. "Somebody for Someone" is a gentle ballad, with gentle guitars and synth and gentle percussion. If anything a couple of the lyrics do seem to extend Andrea's upper range a bit, but nevertheless is well sung. "Say" is a various catchy tune, with great backing vocals providing great support for the lead vocals. Its tempo is quite quick, and the song is quite upbeat. "All the love in the world" features a lilting guitar in the background, with a more classical sound to it, and gentling sweeps on through, an is a very relaxed track with very smooth vocals. "Radio" has a bit more of a rocky percussion accompaniment, whereas other tracks only have a quiet percussion contribution in the background, although in terms of lyrics they are sung but definitely not belted out. "Irresistible" is another good solid performer, with stronger vocals, and rhythm, and although critics might comment that the lyrics have forced rhyme, "it's indefinable - magical, illogical/ so make-you-mineable" this would be a harsh criticism. "One night" is visibly slower, and contains the t
raditional strings that have featured so strongly on earlier albums, and the smoothness of Andrea's voice is very apparent. "All in a day" shifts the tempo up a gear, with stronger instrumental accompaniment, and backing vocals, although I had the feeling first time up that I had heard this somewhere before. "At your side" is effectively a rock setting of a principal Celtic sound, with a strong violin accompaniment. "No more Cry", after a crashing intro, features combination vocals, with a strong chorus, and a rapid beat. "Rain" is another gently paced tune, with the vocals possibly a little too smothered by heavy bass in the background, and another good chorus. "Give it all up" steps up the tempo again, with a strong beat and bass, with some trumpet vaguely reminiscent of Paul Simon's "You can call me Al" The verse pattern is slightly lopsided, and the chorus is slightly dominated by the lead vocals. The instrumental section leads into a repeat of the chorus, which adds to the off balance feel to the song. "Hurt Before" is another genuine tune, with vocals clearly at the forefront, and a chance for Andrea's voice to dominate, with acoustic guitar in the background. The final track, an instrumental is a chance for the Corrs to gratuitously use the violin, that has previously been at the forefront of their music. This track vaguely reminds me of Erin Shore on their début album. Overall this album is a very easy listen, although there are a couple of weak links in it. It is good to see that despite a more rocky approach they have not totally deserted their Celtic charm.
The long awaited 3rd album from The Corrs, "In Blue" is now in the shops. After their successes previously with "Forgiven Not Forgotten" and "Talk On Corners" much has been expected of this latest release. To avoid any confusion at this stage I am referringto this new CD as the 3rd album as I am not counting the live MTV sessions release as new material. Now on to the new album. There is a small problem with this new album, which will more apparent if you are familiar with their previous work. The Corrs success with their previous albums relied heavily on the Celtic tone that they set. It gives their music a different atmosphere to it from the rest of the mainstream music on offer. For me, and many fans, it always had a fresh quality and feel to offer. Unfortunately this new album has lost this feel, and instead goes "pop" in an attempt to break into the US market. Why they have decided on this approach is mystifying as surely they do not need to change the formula for the USA. To quote the overused saying "If it ain't broke why fix it?". No doubt many people will have listen to the 1st single "Breathless" as it went to number one in the UK singles chart, but it would be a mistake to label the album in the same light as this track. The rest of the album is much more laid back in comparison but "Breathless" does admittedly give the CD a great opening track. Track List: 1. Breathless 2. Give Me A Reason 3. Somebody For Someone 4. Say 5. All The Love In The World 6. Radio 7. Irresistible 8. One Night 9. All In A Day 10. At Your Side 11. No More Cry 12. Rain 13. Give It All Up 14. Hurt Before Highlights are the singles released to date, "Breathless", "Irresistible" and "Radio". My personal favourite after listening to this album many times now is
"Say" which is an unconventional Corrs ballad which grows and improves with time. Overall, the album has far too many underpar ballads and the overall quality of the tracks this time around is poor (in direct comparison to their previous album tracks). I feel particularly let down with the latter part of the CD (Give It All Up especially sounds reminiscent of countless "europop" records that are churned out e.g. Vengaboys). After a few listens you can't help but find yourself skipping past them. I would still expect that the more ardent Corrs fans out there will still enjoy the new album, but I'm sure they will all prefer the other albums much more. After all the draw has always been the distinctive Celtic sound. I don't buy into the theory some people have mentioned that people mainly buy Corrs records because of the media image of the sisters. Yes, they blatantly try and use them to sell records, of course they will! If the music wasn't good then they would not have got this far. The images has helped but is not the reason for their success to date. They could be in danger of losing some fans with this latest release. I will certainly not go out and buy the next album without sampling it first. It will also be interesting to see how many of these new songs they will use on the current tour. If you've not listened to them before (and in spite of this rather negative review still want to sample some of their music)I would advise you the try the earlier albums ... "Forgiven not Forgotten" and "Talk on Corners" or possibly the live MTV session released. I have rented a couple of their DVD concerts but would not recommend them as they add no further content to the CDs.
If you like the Corrs, and lets face it, it's hard not to, you will like this album. Some will say it's too much like all their other albums, and that's just because of the style of music that they play. The songs apart from a couple are brand new, with remakes of Radio and At Your Side from the Unplugged album, but certanly doesn't remove any of the albums merit. Far from it in fact. This album is great. You can listen to it at any time, day or night, and it is perfectly suited no matter what mood you are in. That is the beauty of The Corrs. Once again, a truly great album by the family.
The title probably says it all. Anyone expecting another album in the vein of Forgiven Not Forgotten and Talk on Corners is in for a disappointment. The Corrs have moved away from that folky sound, they're now aiming for the more lucrative pop market. This is reflected in In Blue, most of the songs are distinctly more produced. That said, there are still a number of good tracks, and the album certainly does grow on you after a couple of plays. Rebel Heart, the instrumental is up there with the best of what the Corrs have done, and All the love in the world is also a good track. The rest of the album isn't memorable though, which is a shame.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Give Me A Reason
3 Somebody For Someone
5 All The Love In The World
8 One Night
9 All In A Day
10 At Your Side
11 No More Cry
13 Give It All Up
14 Hurt Before
15 Rebel Heart