- Audio CD (31 May 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: ATLANTIC
- ASIN: B0001Z2R8M
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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THE CORRS Borrowed Heaven (2004 UK 12-track CD album including the singles Summer Sunshine Angel and Long Night picture sleeve)
Borrowed Heaven comes a few years after the Greatest Hits collection and the Corr's last proper studio album, In Blue. It's easy to see it was time well spent as of the 12 new songs here there is very little filler and plenty of catchy, rousing choruses. Lead single and opener "Summer Sunshine" is jolly, guitar-driven, 80s pop-rock and, like much of the album, has a few quirky production gimmicks to fill out the verse while the chorus explodes into big drums and meaty guitar hooks.
It's difficult to pick standouts as the style is quite firmly set and the quality between songs unwavering, but the finale "Silver Strand" is a grandiose Celtic instrumental led by Sharon Corr's sadly under-used violin with Andrea chipping in the occasional "La la la" vocal. "Long Night" is a well-crafted 80s power-ballad and in contrast, "Humdrum" takes a contemporary slant on the Corrs sound with scratching, synths and breaks creating the rockiest moment on the album. There may be disappointment that it veers towards the commercialism of Fleetwood Mac rather than the traditional folk of their earlier work, but this is the Corrs and has been for some time; so love it or loathe it, it's unmistakably their sound. --David Trueman
Top Customer Reviews
This, in my opinion, is definitely the best Corrs studio album yet: "Forgiven, not Forgotten" was great, but a bit naive; "Talk on Corners" was also wonderful; "In Blue" was good, but a bit less Celtic than the others... "Borrowed Heaven" is almost as Celtic as "Talk On Corners", plus deeper, more meaningful lyrics. It explores lead singer Andrea Corr's voice more, without forgetting her tin whistle (plenty of its solos in this album!) or Sharon Corr's violin (especially beautiful in the instrumental "Silver Strand". The violin and Jim Corr's guitar and keyboards rule their 'Breathless'-y first single, "Summer Sunshine", whilst Caroline Corr's bodhrán and percussion have the spotlight in songs such as "Humdrum" (a great, "I Never Loved You Anyway"-ish track) and "Borrowed Heaven" (this track features great backing vocals by a South African band; the result is an original, very beautiful song).
Bono's Golden Globe nominee "Time Enough For Tears" is also a very good track (Andrea's voice is really the big attraction here)... Well, there are several other great tracks, like "Confidence For Quiet" (peculiar title, but the song is beautiful), "Angel" and "Goodbye" (both written in honour to the Corrs' dead mother).
I recommend this album to anyone who feels like listening to some really good music. It's worth every cent.
But something is happening to the corrs, I reckon its a conspiracy by Jim Corr to get himself a higher profile, in this case at the expense of Sharon. Borrowed Heaven is a sure sig that the corrs are being sucked into the industry, the music submitting to the way of its pop peers.
Borrowed Heaven is a nice record. Nice is a horrible word but the most suitable in this case. You can listen to this CD in your car during the summer and enjoy its sunny tones. There isnt technically anything wrong with it. However, the folk influence is disappearing and this is a completely different sound to that of 'Forgiven not Forgotten', which renders the corrs into any old Rock\Pop band of today. Their losing their sense of identity. Buy this CD by all means... but its not quite the same as before.
Besides, from the cover design, you can tell that they do not offer their faces and bodies this time. There is no big suprise like "What Can I Do", "Runaway" & "So Young", but if "In Blue" is "cool", "Borrowed Heaven" is "warm" as you can feel the passion of The Corrs their uplifting & encouraging tracks. A must-have for fans.
1. Summer Sunshine-The first single, uplifting pop at its best and a perfect introduction to the album (10/10)
2. Angel, written by Andrea about their mother: One of the best songs they've ever done-catchy, thoughtful (10/10)
3. Hideaway, Not as instant as some of the other songs on the album but still brilliant (9/10)
4. Long Night, Similar to All the love in the world, with a breathtaking violin part from Sharon (9/10)
5. Goodbye, Sharon's track written about their mother, another classic Corrs track, brilliant (10/10)
6.Time enough for tears, written by Bono, but slightly boring, weakest track here (6/10)
7. Humdrum, very odd track with fine production and Andrea rapping (!!!), but very good as it launches straight into a classic Corrs chorus (10/10)
8. Even if, A classic Corrs pop song, very uplifting and catchy, like So Young and Would you be happier (10/10)
9. Borrowed Heaven, featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, this track is very anthemic and quite breathtaking, although can get repetitive (9/10)
10. Confidence for quiet, Not the best track here but another brilliant Corrs track which mixes a catchy chorus with an astoundingly good tune (9/10)
11. Baby be brave, Probably the standout track, very cutting and dramatic, emotional yet brilliant, quite different to the other tracks!!! (10/10)
12. Silver Strand, a classic Corrs instrumental and a perfect way to finish a near perfect album, uses all of the Corrs individual instruments to full extent!!! (10/10)
I strongly recommend this album if you have an ear for good music, if not then go and buy something else, this is not for you!!! The best thing they have ever done, and a return to form!!! (Album mark: 10/10)