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 and Caroline starting their own families, whilst Sharon and Andrea took the time to create solo albums.


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.
  • Boxed Set: The Original Album Series, released in 2011. Contains the five studio albums.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Looking Through Your Eyes", although not as big as "The Prayer", still got a decent popularity, while the movie both songs come from isn't precisely fondly remembered.
  • 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jim has some..let's say odd ideas regarding 9/11, The War on Terror and The New World Order.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Andrea is melancholic, Jim is choleric, Sharon is supine, 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "On My Father's Wings" from Quest for Camelot.
  • 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.
  • No Export for You: Inverted. The first live album The Corrs Live was released in Australia as second disc along with Forgiven Not Forgotten. Then released stand alone year later in Japan. It eventually received a modified release in Europe.
  • 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.
  • The One Guy: Jim.
  • 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.
  • 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".)
  • Signature Song: They have two. "Runaway" for those who were into the group before it became mainstream. "Breathless" for those after that song became their breakout hit in the USA.
  • 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.