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Borrowed Heaven (Bonus Tracks)

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Album Review

Their detractors still whine about how the Corrs used to be so Celtic (they were somewhat, but not to the degree the bellyaching infers) and now they're so light in the substance department (so was ABBA; so what?). They'll hate this one because Borrowed Heaven is light as a feather, but what harmonies, what presentation. While it's lighter in singles than their better albums, Borrowed Heaven benefits plenty from the bright, slightly electronica, and crystal-clear production courtesy of Olle Romo. While former producers — bombastateers Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Glen Ballard — brought the band big productions with big possibilities, Romo offers a more intimate Corrs, better for sitting in your room than spinning in the sunlight. With no hip-hop or punk angst on Borrowed Heaven, the band is out of touch with 2004 radio, so creating a fan's album ends up both a smart and comfortable move. Minus the bubbly good and pretty vacant kickoff single, "Summer Sunshine," plus a couple mundane fluff fillers, Borrowed Heaven is the most personal Corrs album since their debut, and you can't help but feel that it's due to Romo's light touch. He's out of the picture when need be, but always there with an interesting studio trick when the album starts spinning its wheels. The best example is the exchange between his synth fills and the band's boisterous reel on "Angel," but you can also choose the way he makes the band actually sound funky on "Humdrum" or the way he tones down the Bono and Gavin Friday-penned "Time Enough for Tears" to a believable and touching level. Andrea Corr's performance here is serene and more sincere than the one she did for the In America soundtrack, and it anchors the album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo guest on the title track, a dreamy, Peter Gabriel-styled number with another great performance from Andrea. Lyrically, the more intimate Corrs are fine and forgettable most of the time, but occasionally clichés are delivered in such an earnest manner they're hard to ignore (the death-of-a-loved-one song "Goodbye" opens with the good old "I never thought you would leave"). Borrowed Heaven's lyric sheet is filled with high-school diary hackneyed favorites, but if you like your pop — unadulterated pop — presented and played extremely well, you're cheating yourself if you don't check it out.

Customer Reviews

If only all pop CDs were as good as this...

I bought this CD thinking that it would be the average pop CD but was I wrong. The Corrs are quite good. I cannot sum up all of their enduring qualities but they are all here on this CD. Their style is much the same of all other pop singers but they are much better. All of their songs have good melodies and their main vocalist hasn't quite mastered diction but it is good enough for you to understand what she is singing. However, her reduction in diction seems to be in style with the rest pop genera. She isn't the best singer that I have heard but she is still rather good. Some of their songs incorporate parts that are clearly Celtic in origin. I am not a big fan of Celtic music but somehow they pull of these songs that have the Celtic genera coursing through them without making them seem too Celtic. Through their songs they maintain a good balance between the vocals and the rest of the band. They also have an excellent mixture of songs, which are more upbeat, and they also have a few songs on this CD, which are slower. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a huge fan of pop CDs and also to the person who is not a big pop fan but also doesn't have distaste for all of it.

A great listen

As with most Corrs albums, Borrowed Heaven combines contemporary pop with a flair of "Irishness" through Sharon's violin and Andrea's tin whistle. Detractors of their last In Blue should give the Corrs another chance. Lyrically, this album is decent, but it has a much more mature feel to it than all of their previous albums. It is clear that the Corrs are all grown up; you won't find them singing about being "So Young" on any tracks. Catchy songs like Summer Sunshine and Confidence for Quiet do diverge from the Celtic image they had first been associated with upon the release of Forgiven Not Forgotten. But the harmonies and instrumentation are unmistakably theirs. They have evolved into contemporary Irish pop band, a superb one at that that.

Amazing like no other

Borrowed Heaven and the Corrs have to be two of the most amazing things to ever happen. I love this CD more than any others and would highly recommend it to everyone and anyone

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Comprising three sisters and one brother of the Corr family, the Corrs blend the music of their Irish background with contemporary pop/rock and occasional use of synthesizers. The quartet formed in 1991, and was confined to regional popularity in Ireland until 1994, when the American ambassador to the country invited the Corrs to perform at the 1994 World Cup in Boston. The attraction led to a support slot on Celine Dion's 1996 tour. The Corrs' debut album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten, became internationally...
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