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A Taste of Home,
This review is from: Home (Audio CD)
Jean and Gerry Corr were two 1970s amateur musicians from Dundalk, County Louth (Ireland) who performed traditional Irish music alongside covers of songs popular at the time. The couple's four children later grew up to become one of the best-selling sibling acts of all time, combining rock and roll with traditional Irish elements such as fiddle, tin whistle, and bodhran. After fifteen years of worldwide success, the quartet known for their pop tunes and ballads has returned to their roots to give fans a taste of home - their home.
The Corr siblings (Jim - guitar and piano; Sharon - violin; Caroline - percussion; Andrea - tin whistle and vocals) perused their late mother's Irish songbook and recorded some of her favorites along with tunes they cherished while growing up. While each song featured on the album is exquisite, some simply stand out:
'My Lagan Love': The album's opening track is the epitome of Irish ballads, combining pining lyrics with a beautiful yet tragic melody. The story of love and longing near the River Lagan (which flows through Belfast), it is as much a song capturing the spirit of Northern Ireland as a traditional tune.
'Heart Like A Wheel': "It's only love that can break a human being and turn him inside out," sings Andrea on this tender piano ballad. Beautifully performed, it is at once uplifting and heart-wrenching.
'Buachaill On Eirne': The band once commented in an interview that they did not remember much Gaelic from their school years, but upon listening to "Buachaill On Eirne (Boy From Ireland)", one would hardly know. The track is heartwarming, full of exuberant energy and tender lyrics, performed in the Emerald Isle's first tongue. Without a doubt, my favorite tune on the album.
'Old Hag': During the last fifteen years, the Corrs have toured the world, sharing traditional Irish jigs with audiences from Sydney to Singapore to San Francisco. "Old Hag" is such a jig, easily danceable, and an instrumental that will have you clapping along as if you were sharing a pint in a Dublin pub.
After four best-selling studio albums, the Corrs have gone back to their roots with "Home". It's a record filled with Irish charm and heart, and from start to finish there isn't a bad track. Each song has been tenderly recorded, and each of them will capture your heart, giving you a taste of the Emerald Isle the band calls Home.