The Corrs re­turn with new al­bum

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

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.

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