Forgiven, Not Forgotten

The Corrs

Atlantic, 1995

REVIEW BY: Tammy Childs


Some families are just musically inclined, and have been for generations -- like the Corrs.

The Corr children -- three sisters and a brother -- were raised in a community full of pubs and live music; both parents played ballads and folk tunes in local bands. With encouragement at home, the children soon began to participate in their own musical way. Jim learned piano, keyboards and guitar. Sharon began on the piano and advanced to the violin. Caroline mastered the complicated bodhran and the drums. Andrea, like the other children, was taught the piano, but because everyone was always fighting over the piano, she pursued the tin whistle (a small Irish flute), and added her vocals to the wealth of family talents.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Eventually the flourishing talents of the four children culminated into the group The Corrs. Classified as an Irish pop-rock band, they blend the traditional with the modern. They are proud of the results although they continue to try to rise above the self-imposed standards.

Their sound is unique and was well-received by this reviewer. Forgiven, Not Forgotten -- their first album -- went multi-platinum in Canada, Ireland, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark and the UK, and gold almost everywhere else.

As I listened to this album, I realized that although their pop sound is energetic and fun to experience, it is the Irish instrumental pieces that I prefer. Thankfully, there are quite a few on this release.

"Erin Shore" opens and closes the album, first with a brief glimpse into the Irish heritage, and then finishing with a more lengthy, vibrant, heady version. Caroline's drum work here is outstanding -- I played the closing cut over and over. Another favorite was "The Minstrel Boy." The music reminded me of walking through lush pastures in the countryside of Ireland. The simple tune broadens and matures into a beautifully orchestrated melody. "Carraroe Jig" is the epitome of the Irish pub song -- in my head I pictured men and women frolicking happily with a pint in their hands and a smile on their faces.

In the pop category, "Runaway" is vocally strong due to the harmonies, but I thought their sound on "The Right Time" were a bit cheesy and too shrill for my liking.

As a whole I do like this album. The Corrs are obviously a talented family; their musical range is praiseworthy, and I appreciate the fact that they unite their heritage with today's newer sounds. As a first glimpse into this group I found Forgiven, Not Forgotten to be entertaining and quite easy to swallow.

Rating: B-

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