With one foot in traditional Irish music and the other in smooth, sophisticated pop, the Corrs--a family quartet made up of three sisters and their brother--seem to have all the bases covered. On their appealing debut albu... more »m, the group plays it both ways, leading with fetching love songs such as "Runaway" and the title track but incorporating fiddle, tin whistle, and bodhrán into nearly every track while tossing in snippets of traditional-leaning material such as "Carraroe Jig" and "Erin Shore" for good measure. Imagine the Spice Girls if they could play their own instruments and were inclined to do so down at the local pub. If that seems like a stretch, listen to the gossamer strains of "Heaven Knows" or "The Right Time" while downing a few pints. You'll eventually see the connection. --Daniel Durchholz« less
With one foot in traditional Irish music and the other in smooth, sophisticated pop, the Corrs--a family quartet made up of three sisters and their brother--seem to have all the bases covered. On their appealing debut album, the group plays it both ways, leading with fetching love songs such as "Runaway" and the title track but incorporating fiddle, tin whistle, and bodhrán into nearly every track while tossing in snippets of traditional-leaning material such as "Carraroe Jig" and "Erin Shore" for good measure. Imagine the Spice Girls if they could play their own instruments and were inclined to do so down at the local pub. If that seems like a stretch, listen to the gossamer strains of "Heaven Knows" or "The Right Time" while downing a few pints. You'll eventually see the connection. --Daniel Durchholz
Jo V. (Jo) from BOISE, ID Reviewed on 9/23/2007...
Forgiven, Not Forgotten
Along With the Girls
The Right Time
The Minstrel Boy
Toss the Feathers
Love to Love You
Leave Me Alone
Erin Shore (Instrumental)
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The Corrs - Forgiven Not Forgotten
Stephen Horne | Aberdeenshire, Scotland | 01/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those who have skipped the editorial reviews to read the customer ones (and if you have, who can blame you. It's the people's opinions that count, right?), The Corrs are an Irish band that merge Rock, Pop, and Traditional music together to form a beautiful end result. Three (gorgeous, I might add) sisters and a brother make up the group.There's some excellent stuff in this, their debut album. Tracks such as 'Heaven Knows', 'Someday', 'Secret Life' and 'Leave Me Alone' obviously have that Rock/Pop feel, while instrumentals such as 'Erin Shore', 'Along With The Girls', 'Toss The Feathers' and 'Carraroe Jig' pay homage to the old Celtic songs.It definately won't appeal to everyone, but if you think that this might be your thing, then I strongly advise you to check it out. The Corrs are an extremely talented young band who have found fame in the UK, America, Australia and even Japan. And judging by this record, it's not hard to understand why. Five Stars."
Stephen Horne | 07/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one fabulous CD! I got hooked to The Corrs way back in1998- the year 'Talk On Corners' really sent their fame sky-high, butpurchased this CD only a few months ago. I think it's truly great, perhaps even more enjoyable than TOC. The most notable difference is that this album has more instrumental pieces compared to any past CD by the group. My views of the songs are as follows: Erin Shore Intro/Forgiven, Not Forgetten- The first song I fell for. It has a somewhat mysterious tune... the most Celtic-sounding track on the CD. Heaven Knows- Rather original and pretty lively, Heaven Knows may not appear to be too melodic the first time you listen to it, but this is one song that grows on you. Along With The Girls- A short piece, but a pleasant violin interlude to Someday. Someday- Another song in the same vein as Heaven Knows. Equally charming and cheerful. Runaway- The album's biggest hit, this song was also featured in certain versions of TOC, as well as the MTV Unplugged CD. Very sweet and enchanting, though I prefer the Unplugged version. The Right Time- For some reason, listening to this traditional-sounding track always gives me a strange sense of adulation. Nice. The Minstrel Boy- Aptly titled, this rather solemn violin solo by Sharon is subtley uplifting. Toss The Feathers- Another song that was featured on the Unplugged album. Unlike Runaway, though, I think this arrangement is more suitable. The electric guitars enhance this piece quite a bit. Love To Love- My personal favorite. The harmonizing of the group is at its best. The lines "
Best of all time
Trey Carmouche | College Station, Texas | 10/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I "discovered" the Corrs on a late night broadcast of the BritAwards on ABC. Since then I have bought both of their US releases and a couple Imports. They are by far the best band out there right now, and probably ever. I would definitely say that "Forgiven Not Forgotten" is their best album. But for those Americans that can't really get into the Irish thing then "Talk on Corners" would be a great album for your collection. After listening to that for a while you will buy FNF and end up liking it more."
The Corrs' Debut-and their best effort so far!
Renate Reichenbacher | Maine, USA | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I admit this in hesitation, folks, but I just don't care for the 3 gorgeous sisters and their brother's most recent release, "Talk On Corners-Special Edition" or even the original for that matter. However, this album is a must for fans of the Rock-Pop mixed with classic Celtic rythms genre, which of course, is truly an aquired taste. To me, this CD's highlights are, the title track, "F.N.F.", "Heaven Knows", "Someday", "The Right Time", the "Toss The Feathers" instrumental (one of the best songs of that kind that I have heard in a while, the other one I really like would have to be their "Paddy McCarthy" from "T.O.C."), and especially "Leave Me Alone", which is my absolute favorite on this album. Hey, I'm listening to that track now as I type this. As for the slower songs, like "Runaway", "Love To Love You" and "Closer" (where you can really hear their Irish accent loud and clear), I have to be in a certain calm and relaxed mood to enjoy them the most. All in all, with the exception of the K-Klass remix of "So Young", I really do prefer this earlier material over their more commerical stuff that they continuously perform live on numerous talk shows. Along with U2, they are truly the greatest of the Irish music groups of all time! Buy this CD!"
Renate Reichenbacher | 09/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find it unfortunate that the few who criticize The Corrs hold the fact that they happen to be easy on the eyes against them. Pretty looks only go so far, but they have more than enough talent to back them up. Even some of the more simplistic songs lyrically are given added depth by the richness and complexity of the music, and all are very listenable. They've taken tradition Irish music and pop rock conventions and turned it into something...well, awesome. They also have a gift for imagery and huanting melodies that is further demonstrated in the follow-up CD, Talk On Corners - get the original (The special ed. is still a great CD but it simply doesn't compare). Heaven Sent is without a doubt the most stunning piece of music I've ever heard and somehow remains oddly uplifting inspite of the sad lyrics. Runaway and Leave Me Alone are also great songs."