The Corrs return with new album
THE Corrs are back with their latest studio album and their fans are loving it. The band’s seventh studio album, Juniper Calling, went on release last week.
AS they embarked on the the usual whirl of press and television promotions, Andrea and Caroline wore poppies when they were interviewed by Susanna Reid on the Great Breakfast Show
Dundalk siblings Jim, Sharon, Caroline and Andrea burst on the international music scene in the 1990s, producing the best selling album of 1998, outselling Madonna and Robbie Williams, winning a Brit award and enjoying a string of Top 10 singles.
Despite their huge success which saw them working alongside some of the world’s most famous musicians such as Pavarotti, the band couldn’t throw off their ‘uncool’ tag but that didn’t matter to their legions of fans worldwide.
After a ten year hiatus, during which time they concentrated on their family lives and solo careers, they released White Heat two years ago which brought them in a different direction as they aimed to leave their youthful blend of boppy trad influenced pop behind.
This time round they have teamed up with the legendary producer and musician T-Bone Burnett for an album recorded in just a month in London’s RAK Studios which reflects their maturing years.
‘Juniper Calling’ features what had been billed as their most politically outspoken song to date, ‘SOS’ (Song of Syria), written by Andrea about feeling guilty over the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The track hasn’t, however, wooed the critics who have pointed out that it’s hardly an earth shattering protest song. Both The Guardian and The Independent(UK) gave it a three star review, while The Irish Times could only muster up two stars.
Hotpress magazine are must more positive, declaring ‘Dundalk’s finest deliver another superb effort’ and awarding it 8/10.
For their fans around the world, it’s different story as they took to social media to express their praise for the album.
‘I can personally relate to No Go Baby.. We lost 2 babies due to a immune condition. Thanks to The Corrs for giving us this wonderful gift,’ wrote a fan in the Philippines.
An English fan commented: ‘Absolutely stunning. Really beautiful. It’s really helped with my terrible year of grief and other things. Just what I needed. Thank you!’
Having played a well received sold out concert in London’s Albert Hall last month ahead of the album’s release, and with fans clamouring for a world tour, it’s more than likely that The Corrs will be clocking up the air miles as they strive to regain their position as one of the best selling bands to come out of Ireland and the most successful ever to have come out of Dundalk,
Andrea and Caroline Corr on TV with host Susanna Reid.