Music: The Corrs

The Corrs is an Irish folk/pop band, comprises of the 3 sisters and one brother from the Corr family, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle), Sharon (violin, vocals), Caroline (drums, piano, bodhrán, vocals) and Jim (guitar, piano, vocals).

They are in an ongoing hiatus due to Jim,Sharon,Caroline & Andrea starting their own families, whilst Sharon and Andrea took the time to create solo albums.


Discography:


Tropes used by the band include:

  • Album Title Drop: Most albums are titled for a song on the album or a lyric from it.
    • Forgiven not Forgotten is named after the title track as is Borrowed Heaven.
    • Talk on Corners is named from a lyric in the song "Queen of Hollywood".
    "And her friends they talk on corners, they could never comprehend."
    • In Blue takes it's title from a lyric from "Give me a Reason".
    "It's not romantic here in blue, swimming, swimming in blue..."
    • Home is the exception as it was named because the band were going "home" to their Irish musical roots on the album.
  • Award Bait Song: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from Quest for Camelot has all the characteristics, although another song from the movie, "The Prayer", was the one that got a Golden Globe.
  • Band of Relatives: All four members are siblings.
  • Be Yourself: "Irresistible", "Would You be Happier?".
  • Book Ends: A lot of their music videos begin and end in the same manner.
  • Boxed Set: The Original Album Series, released in 2011. Contains the five studio albums.
  • Breakup Breakout: Averted. During their hiatus Andrea Corr released an album titled Ten Feet High but it failed to achieve much success, charting at it's peak at 38 in the UK and 24 in Ireland, with very little success elsewhere. A second album Lifelines, which was a Cover Version album was less successful than the first (and if it was released overseas it failed to chart anywhere). Sharon released her own album Dream Of You which was about as successful as Lifelines.
  • Breakup Song: "Don't Say You Love Me" and "Long Night" are a more traditional straight examples. "Give Me A Reason" overlaps this with What the Hell, Hero?, while "I Never Loved You Anyway" is basically a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Brutal Honesty: "I Never Loved You Anyway" is a very, very blunt Breakup Song.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jim has some.. let's say odd ideas regarding 9/11, The War On Terror and The New World Order.
  • Clip Show: The band usually shows their tours in alternative music videos ("Runaway", "Long Night", "Goodbye").
  • Cool Shades: Jim is rarely without shades in the music videos.
  • Cover Version: They covered Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Both Sharon and Caroline are the lead vocals in the song "No Frontiers".
  • Dogged Nice Guy: "What Can I Do?"
  • Dramatic Shattering: Jim throws a chair out of a window in the music video for "Give Me A Reason".
  • Due to the Dead: "Angel" is dedicated to their late mother who passed away when they were recording their (at the time) newest album.
  • Family Title: The band's name is actually their real surname.
  • Follow Your Heart: Practically every single one of their love songs. Their Signature Song, "Runaway", is perhaps the taker.
    "I would runaway with you..."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Andrea is Melancholic, Jim is Choleric, Sharon is Leukine, Caroline is Sanguine.
  • Greatest Hits Album: As you can see above, they have three from a discography of five albums. Although once you start adding the high quality live albums and unplugged albums (and oddly great tracks hidden away on B-sides or bonus discs) which have their own specific songs it looks far more reasonable. A buyer also gets more value for money from each subsequent release. The first was made after their third album was released and has eighteen songs. The second Dreams contained twenty-one songs and was released after their fourth and fifth albums were released as well as several unplugged and live albums. The Works was released as a three CD set with fifty-six tracks.
  • Genre Roulette: Their discography ranges from pure pop, folk rock, folk pop, instrumental folk tunes, soft rock and combinations of all.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The song "So Young" is an upbeat and optimistic take on this trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Would You be Happier?" is a song about being yourself. The music video for it shows the group selling out.
  • "I Want" Song: "On My Father's Wings" from Quest for Camelot.
  • Little Black Dress: The girls, Andrea especially, are fond of wearing this in both the promotional materials and music videos.
  • Live Album: They have two.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Normally the heaviest they get is Level 2 as Soft or Pop Rock. "Only When I Sleep", "Secret Life", "Breathless", "I Never Loved You Anyway" and "Love In The Milky Way" and "Angel" being the most prominent examples of their more mainstream Soft Rock sound. Some of the tracks on Forgiven not Forgotten such as "Toss the Feathers" arguably edge towards Level 3. Much of their other work wouldn't chart, being pop, folk-pop or pure folk. Their acoustic stuff would hit Level 1 as would some of their more folk-rock stuff, their cover of "Dreams", "Borrowed Heaven", "All In A Day", "Forgiven Not Forgotten" for example.
  • New Sound Album: Each of their albums skirt a line from pop to pop-folk, pop-rock and folk. To what extent can differ drastically:
    • Forgiven, Not Forgotten, is a roughly fifty-fifty split between instrumental folk and pop-rock.
    • Talk On Corners ditched the instrumental songs almost completely (only "Paddy Mccarthy" was instrumental, it does contain minor vocals and is more dance than folk-instrumental; there's also a quite prominent instrumental outro on "When He's Not Around"). The other songs being straight pop, which lead to the BBC radio changing their classification of the band from Folk to Pop, which moved them to a different, more popular radio station which itself started to play their songs, beginning their rise to fame.
    • In Blue was slightly different to Talk On Corners, except that songs like "Breathless" and "No More Cry" are more pop-rock than straight pop. It became their first success in the United States. (The bridge between the two albums was a special edition release of Talk on Corners, which included several much dance music orientated remixes of some of the earlier tracks.) The pseudo-instrumental "Rebel Heart" truly felt like a tacked-on token effort.
    • Borrowed Heaven had a more edgy, guitar based sound than In Blue, and some of the songs, like "Confidence", are closer to straight rock than pop-rock. And this time, for "Rebel Heart" read "Silver Strand".
    • Home, is comprised almost completely of folk songs, and includes a pair of songs sung in Irish. It also brought back the instrumental songs.
  • Odd Name Out: Andrea is the only one whose name starts with a vowel, while Jim is the only one who doesn't have an "R" in his name. He also appears to be the only one who doesn't have an "N" in his name, but his real name is James Steven Ignatius .
  • The One Guy: Jim.
  • One True Love: "Runaway", "All The Love In The World".
  • Orbital Shot: In the "So Young" music video.
  • Power Glows: The group has some sort of "chi" surrounding them in the "Irresistible" music video.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Aside from her beautiful singing voice, Andrea is known for her pretty face, pale skin and jet-black hair.
  • Red Baron: Caroline's monicker is the "Chick with Stick(s)". It's actually a Fandom Nod as it's originally a Fan Nickname.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Heavily inverted. All three of the girls perform the vocals and backups, and are all good enough singers that they could all perform lead vocals if they had too.
  • Sex Equals Love: Heavily implied in the music video for "One Night".
  • Sexy Silhouette: The girls in the "Breathless" music video.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: And do, on several occasions. (You have to try quite hard to hear Jim, though; he does occasionally get a noticeable vocal part, particularly on "No Good For Me".)
  • The Tease: Andrea in the "Breathless" music video.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Caroline appears more of a grown-up Shorttank in the music videos and in concerts, though she can still be really feminine too.
  • Unplugged Version: At least one version of In Blue came with a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions of many (though not all) of the songs on the album. The Corrs Unplugged was part of the MTV Unplugged series.
  • White Stallion: Shows up in the music video for "Give Me A Reason" during some of Andrea's scenes.
  • Woman Scorned: "I Never Loved You Anyway" can basically be interpreted as a very blunt and bitter Breakup Song.