The Corrs (Lava/143/Atlantic)
If this album sounds vaguely familiar it may be because you heard it before. Last summer, to be exact. That’s when the highly attractive Irish family quartet—sisters Sharon Corr, 28, Andrea, 24, Caroline, 25, and brother Jim, 34—attempted a transatlantic crossover after inciting outbreaks of Corrs-mania in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Alas, the assault on America’s pop charts failed when the opening album salvo, Talk on Corners, proved a sales dud. Undeterred, the band retooled the album, resulting in this Special Edition. The CD has been enjoying a rare second-wave marketing push (including concert dates opening for the Rolling Stones and an underwhelming Corrs appearance on Saturday Night Live in March) and has made a dent on Billboard’s pop album chart. But Special Edition has yet to unleash the barrage of hit singles necessary to claim a completely successful pop invasion. The goods just aren’t there.
A collection of pretty, pop-lite tunes that could use more Celtic flavoring and less studio gloss, the album is best when harking back to the sounds of the Old Sod: reeling fiddles, soaring harmonies and the haunting tin whistle played by sister Andrea. Her lead vocals are as pretty to listen to as she and her sisters are to look at, but the string-sweetened arrangements are as bland and flat as a Dublin car park.
Bottom Line: This Edition isn’t all that special