Forgiven, Not Forgotten
REVIEW BY: Alfredo Narvaez
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/15/1998
Most people would be asking themselves, "who the heck are these people?" Those that knew would ask, "what's this doing in here?" I agree. This album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten, would look better in my brother's collection - and it does - but, I'm the one who owns it.
For those that don't know, The Corrs are a sisters and brother group hailing from Ireland. They mix in Celtic sounds with strongly built pop to create moody and beautiful music.
This album starts with an instrumental piece before leading into the title-track. Both depressing and uplifting, this song deals with broken relationships. The next song, "Heaven Knows," is a prettier version - and I mean pretty. You want to sing with this song, until you realize that it's about someone singing about the one that got away and is with someone else.
Other highlights include the prettier (and nicer) "Runaway," the delicate "Closer" and the independent "Leave Me Alone." The album ends on a longer version of the opening instrumental. Along the way, other instrumental pieces pepper the album and remind you of the Irish influences in their music.
Now, why would I say that such a beautiful album does not belong in my music collection? By nature, I tend to shun the poppier albums to be found in the racks of music stores. Pretty? Uplifting? I don't know, but I find I squirm and run from anything with those qualities. The reality is that this album gets under you and you will start singing.
The Corrs just put a new album out. I don't know if I'll get it - but, if I do, I hope it's just as good as this one. Even big, burly, guys need to be reminded that they're romantic softies. This album does that.