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Talk On Corners (Special Edition)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 1999
This is a disappointment in the fact that the group surrenders its distinctive acoustic Celtic sound (aptly displayed in live appearances) for the gloss of overproduction. This Chicago meets the Chieftains combo comes across like trying to see the Love Boat through the glare of sunlight reflecting off of Gavin McCleod's head. Put the Captain's hat back on! See them live when they tour.
I am glad they took the original Talk On Corners off the shelf, though. It might make my CD a collector's item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 1999
Being a total fan of the Celtic pop of "Forgiven, Not Forgotten" I was fondly looking forward to the Corrs' new album. Unfortunately, the atmospheric Irish sound of their first album has been replaced with an edge-less rock "attitude." Gone are the wonderful Celtic instrumental tunes and the moody lyrics that made "Forgiven" such a standout. "Talk on Corners" is not a bad album, but it has little of the spirit of their previous effort. I can't help but wonder if the simple fact that there is already a "special edition" of the new album proves that the previous version was seen as somehow lacking....but the revised edition doesn't seem to be an improvement. Sorry, but based on this one, I'll test-drive their next release before I commit my money to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2000
I anticipated much after thoroughly enjoying "Forgiven, Not Forgotten", but found this 90% techno-pop fluff, 10% Irish hodge-podge to be a major letdown. If I had wanted this sort of sound, I would have dragged out my old Pet Shop Boys anthology, copied it onto reel-to-reel and sped it up. And what's with this airheaded rendition of "Dreams"? Geez, let Fleetwood Mac rest in peace! I didn't hear the "non-special edition", but feel sure that it must have been better than this mess. Sorry Corrs, I'll have to label this one "Forgotten, Not Forgiven." Next time, have your minds in Ireland, not the disco.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 1999
Yet more pathetic love songs! The vocals are great , Sharon Corr just plain kicks arse with that violin, and some of the music is ok. But I just can't stand that 'What can I do to make you love me?' (yikes) sap. It's horrible. I think The Corrs are a very talented band, but please, the sap really has to go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 1999
The vocals are great, and the music is really nice for the most part. The Celtic flavour is wonderful but tragically diluted with overproduction. What a crime to wash out those string instruments! The production does nothing to their music save for making it sound a whole lot more like everybody else's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 1999
Typical 90's pop. There is not one distinctive or strong voice to be found. The music is highly derivative and the recording is over produced. I'll stick with Solas thank you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 1999
I bought this album on the basis of a promising single, We Are So Young. I saw them on SNL and, being a big fan of interesting harmonies and arrangements, decided to seek out the album. However, I was disappointed by the lack of depth of any of the songs. I still think that one single is catchy, and kind of liked the song "What can I do..." and the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," but the overall album is lacking in depth and originality. I even took the album to my mom's house, hoping she would like it and take it off my hands. (She's Irish and she likes upbeat music, so I thought she'd love an upbeat CD by an Irish band.) But she didn't really like it all so now I'm shopping it around to a friend who listens to Sixpence None the Richer. Personally, I prefer the moodiness of the Cranberries, who don't have to worry that the Corrs will corner the market of Irish popular music groups. This is just a matter of personal taste; I have nothing against the group. The album was just a little too busy and bubblegum-y for me. I can't wait to get the new Fiona Apple CD!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 1999
The comparison I keep coming across to Wilson Philips is all too true. Most of the tunes on this album start to wear on the brain after a second or third listening. Part of the reason for this is the noticeable absence of anything pioneering or new. Their attempt at intermingling traditional Irish music with pop is promising on tracks such as "dreams," but the rest of the album leaves me desiring more. The fantastic remixes of "so young" and "dreams" proves this band needs an infusion of some upbeat music to spice up what I would catagorize as an older, wilson philips era, sound.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2006
I got roped into listening to this because it appeared on the Virgin "Top 100 Albums Ever" poll. I'd always thought "Runaway" was a nice tune, sounding like Wilson-Phillips with their Irish cousins helping out. The Corrs peddle a sort of lite Celtic pop with English lyrics. Unfortunately, too little time seems to be spent on the words. ("Queen of Hollywood" is particularly abysmal, a cliche about the small-town girl who's out to take Tinseltown by storm.)

The Irish band has been popular elsewhere on the globe but not Stateside. With this album, the tunes on the original TALK ON CORNERS are remixed to try and lend more pop appeal for the American market. (The band's big U.S. breakthrough wouldn't come until "Breathless" on followup disc IN BLUE).

HIGHLIGHTS:
"Runaway" doesn't stray too far from the original and its still a nicely lilting mid-tempo number with a fair amount of Celtic influence. While I don't like it as well as the Cranberries' cover, their take on Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" is also decent with a dance floor cast given to it. It's listenable but nothing that really remakes the song their own.

LOWS:
"Queen of Hollywood" and the pretentious pathos of "When he's Not Around" are easily the disc's nadirs. Hendrix cover "Little Wing" also fails, not because I feel the band commits musical sacrilege but because they can't choose a direction. It can't decide if it wants to be a smooth jazz retool or a Celtic re-interpretation (wasting some nice arrangement efforts by the Chieftains' Paddy O'Reilly because of the dilly-dallying).

BOTTOM LINE:
C'mon..couldn't people really have come up with something better to hail as one of the 100 finest recorded pieces of music ever?
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2000
A unique sound was captured on the Corrs debut album 'Forgiven not Forgotten' - a blend of traditional and modern irish. Who could argue that the album was brilliant. When 'Talk on Corners' was released I held off purchasing it for awhile after reading many disappointing reviews. By the time I did buy it, I was fortunate to get a copy with 'Dreams' included and the remix of 'What Can I Do'. The album has since been repackaged again with further remixes. 'Talk on Corners' lacks the creativity of the debut album and it is almost as if the Corrs decided to play it 'safe'. Predictable tracks are found on this CD including 'Only When I Sleep' and 'So Young'. Unfortunately the special irish sound that was their trademark is lost.
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