Unplugged (Live Recording) - Corrs (The)
The Corrs is a Celtic rock band from Ireland consisting of the three sisters and a brother of the Corr family. In 1995 they released their first album called "Forgiven, Not Forgotten and scored reasonably well here. In 1996 they really broke through with a performance at the Olympics. Since then they have released five albums, all well-received around the world. Already for some years it is very quiet for The Corrs. They have taken a break, especially since three of the members want to spend time with their family (children) and one wants to pursue her solo career.
The Corrs are known mainly for their musical talents and so does each family member plays an instrument and they all sing. With this Unplugged version you can really see how good they are. There is also the DVD version of this album.
Only When I sleep is actually an interesting opening of the CD mainly because it is a slow song. It is a ballad with beautiful lyrics and they really show of their vocal ability. The chorus is definitely catchy and very nice use of the instruments.
The song 'Radio' is perhaps the best song on the album. The song starts with a strong beat of the drum / guitar and Andrea then begins to sing. From that moment you are hooked. The beat is infectious and soon you start singing along and tapping with the rhythm. Again you notice the cheerful Irish influence on the song. Sharon plays during the song the violin and that gives a nice cozy / rustic touch to the song.
Forgive Not Forgotten is a song where the Irish background is certainly evident. During the song, the piano and violin certainly come forward, but also the electric drum beat. As the song continues it transforms itself into a more upbeat rock song where the vocals are powerful.
"Queen of Hollywood" is one of my favorites, when I first had to get used to it. It is a dramatic ballad in which the rate remains slow. The use of instruments is minimal and it gives you almost a floating sensation. The vocals are beautiful.
So young is more of an up tempo song where the Corrs are certainly known for. The vocals come back to the fore, but also the guitar. The song is like good fun and has a more dramatic piece in the middle with violins but is certainly contagious.
If you're a fan of The Corrs then this album is definitely recommended. It is a beautiful collection of songs they've released so far, but the best about this album is the acoustic. I have been to a concert from The Corrs and then they are simply the best. You can notice that they are one family and they work well together. They clearly have fun during the show. The songs are well chosen and even more than 10 years later I still listen to this album occasionally.
Like many bands, The Corrs recorded an Unplugged album of live music for MTV, which was later released on CD. The live session was recorded on 5 October 1999 at Aardmore Studios, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, in front of a live audience. According to Wikipedia, the CD misses out some of the tracks performed and amends the running order, also editing out the talking between tracks. This is understandable I guess as when you are listening to music you don't want annoying talky bits in the middle! The performance was also released on DVD and VHS at the time, which were apparently edited much less.
Only When I Sleep
What Can I Do
Toss The Feathers
Forgiven, Not Forgotten
At Your Side
Queen of Hollywood
Lough Erin Shore
The set was recorded before the band released their third album In Blue, and so is chiefly made up of songs from their first two albums. Other tracks include Radio and At Your Side, later released on In Blue; No Frontiers, a cover of a song by Mary Black with Caroline and Sharon on vocals and Jim on the piano; Old Town; and Everybody Hurts, a cover of the REM classic.
I saw The Corrs live at Newcastle Arena a few years back and really enjoyed their performance, so was pleased to pick up this CD recently. In my opinion it shows the band at their best, while their music was still a mixture of pop, rock and folk and before the blandness and the commercialism fully kicked in - at the time of the performance the band were at the height of their popularity after the success of their Talk On Corners album. The performances are strong and accomplished, with Radio and What Can I Do particularly excellent. I also really enjoyed hearing the other songs not otherwise released, such as No Frontiers and Old Town. I actually feel that their version of Everybody Hurts is better than REM's - the track really suits The Corrs and their version makes the most of the traditional instruments that they use, yet although I am a fan of REM, Everybody Hurts is a song I actually dislike when performed by them. I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me though!
Overall, if you like the band or folksy guitar music in general then this is a really good album to own. It is currently available for around £10 from Amazon, or even cheaper from a third party seller.
This CD is a chance to hear the Corrs live (well, as live as you can get from a recording), and I think this merits purchasing it. The Corrs are a great band live, I saw them at Lansdowne Road, and this recording shows it off. The point of Unplugged is to give an acoustic recording of artist's hits - this is why it is pointless to complain that this CD is full of old songs. Of course it is! That's the point! And there are new songs on this CD; At Your Side and Radio were new when it came out, and there are new recordings of old songs. I think the cover versions on the album are great, apart from Everybody Hurts - I don't think this really worked at all. No Frontiers is lovely and Sharon and Caroline's voices sound really great. This song isn't really known outside Ireland and I think it deserves to be. Sharon and Andrea sang it with only piano accompaniment at Lansdowne and it sounded just as good. Everyone in the audience was singing along. The "old" Corrs songs are revamped with string accompaniments. This sounds a litte comical at the beginning of What Can I Do with the string section chugging along like a train but works a treat in Runaway, which is far and away the best song the Corrs have written. This is one of my favourite CDs, it's really nice to listen to and all the songs are great. My only complaint is that Andrea is often a little off-pitch: I suppose this shows how much a recording studio can do! However, I think the "live" sound, complete with applause, really makes the CD and it's worth buying even if you've got other Corrs albums.
Released at the end of last year, this album is little more than a live version of Talk On Corners. That doesn't make it a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, but its not really a good choice for those who aren't big fans of the group. The Corrs have always been a group equally at home performing live. The arrangements on most of the songs are necessarily different, but not to any large degree. My favourite of the tracks on this album is "No Frontiers", one of the few songs not to appear on either of their previous 2 albums. The other highlight of the album is their cover of "Everybody Hurts", the REM classic. This is a really good cover version of one of my all-time favourite songs. This is a good album, but my praise of it must be tempered by the fact that most of the material on the album will already be familiar if you already own Forgiven Not Forgotten and Talk On Corners.
The Corrs MTV Unplugged was a suprising release from the Corrs. Most bands play the MTV card late in their career but as only the Corrs 2nd or 3rd album it may have appeared as if they had run out idea, and although they include many of their old classics the CD also contains some new tracks. New to the Corrs at least, two or three of the tracks are covers, but when they are as good as the classic 'Everybody Hurts' whos complaining. The old classics include the great 'So Young' and 'Forgiven Not Forgotten'. If you have the old album then you may find this a little repetitive but it is made worth it by the great new tracks. The chart hit 'Radio' features on this album aswell as the mellow 'Queen of Hollywood'. There is even a classic Irish instrumental track on the album and this makes a nice change from the ususal tracks. Overall this is agreat album, and one that everyone with a slight interest in The Corrs should go and buy now!!
I'm not sure if I would bother buying the Unplugged CD, but I would certainly recommend the video. I do find the Corrs a little annoying, especially as they seem to be abandoning their folk/celtic background in favour of making over-produced pop songs. I approached this video with a little trepidation, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. I love folk music and it was great to see the skill with which the Corrs play their instruments. Andrea has got a stunning voice. I normally find her very irritating as she spends all her time pouting and playing with her hair. Thankfully she is a lot calmer on this video and manages to sing without all that posing. Unplugged is worth seeing just to hear Caroline and Sharon sing together as well. Corrs fans will adore this video (and will probably already have it). If you are not sure what to make of them this video will at least convince you that they do have talent. I'm sure lots of men will buy this just so they can drool over the female Corrs and yes, they all do look very nice! I assume the person filming it was male as there were so few shots of Jim!
This album is no-where near as good as their first two, Talk on Corners and Forgiven not forgotten, as the only good songs on there are past realeses or songs off their old album. There is only one exception and that is 'Radio' which is there only new release of the album. They now have a new album, in which their new single is off 'Breathless', so overall I think it is a rip off, a complete waste of money, but I have their first two albums. If you want the best of the corrs, then this is more the album for you. I wouldn't really recommend it to a friend, because for fourteen quid, you could buy much better things.
This album includes five new songs: "Radio" (which is no longer very new), "At Your Side", "No Frontiers", "Old Town", and "Everybody Hurts". It also includes eight well known tracks: "Only When I Sleep", "What Can I Do", "Toss The Feathers", "Runaway", "Forgiven Not Forgotten", "Little Wing", "Queen Of Hollywood", "Lough Erin Shore", and "So Young". This album was the perfect opportunity to show what they are made of away from the studio, with two traditional and very beautiful Irish instrumental folk songs. Proving that you do not need electric to create music to the younger generations now days is quite a task. So well done to the Corrs. Of course, their other albums are not at all like this, which makes it unique. The only thing that has let it down is the very annoying clapping in between all and during some songs. This has to be expected naturally, after all, it is live. Yet, just when you think they are going to shut up,
If you like sad music and you like a good old cry now and again the Corrs is the album to get. It has some of her biggest hits on this album like Radio, So Young and a great song called Forgiven Not Forgoten. If that ideal man has let you down or that gorgeous girl has dumped you then sit down and cry your heart out to these wonderfull love songs by the amazing voices of the corrs.
The Corrs - Unplugged is an arrangement of tracks from "Forgiven, Not Forgotten" and "Talk On Corners", played in an acoustic style for MTV's Unplugged sessions. The album was recorded live, and so includes all the program introduction and audience applause, which, when played, is certaintly deserved. It's got all your favourite tracks included, both A and B-sides such as "Radio, Only When I Sleep and No Frontiers", all of which flow together beautifully with haunting lyrics and great melodies. Overall, a great mix of their best work - much recommended.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Only When I Sleep
2 What Can I Do
4 Toss the Feathers
6 Forgiven Not Forgotten
7 At Your Side
8 Little Wing
9 No Frontiers
10 Queen of Hollywood
11 Old Town
12 Lough Erin Shore
13 So Young
14 Everybody Hurts