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The Corrs: Borrowed Heaven

The Corrs are an Irish quartet comprised of siblings, and draw on two of modern pop culture's biggest cultural crazes. Just look at the success of family outfits from the Jackson 5 to Hanson, and the passionate reception given to recent Irish imports from U2 to Riverdance. The band's marriage of traditional Irish instruments and sleek modern pop has certainly proven successful, leading them to sell more than 30 million records since their 1996 debut, "Forgiven Not Forgotten." Having taken a three-year hiatus between 2001's "In Blue" and their new studio release "Borrowed Heaven," the band returns sounding relaxed and impassioned. While the album doesn't necessarily add substance to their glossy pop, it does highlight their sophisticated knack for combining unexpected orchestration with catchy beats. Album opener "Summer Sunshine" is a pert pop song layered with sunny harmonies and elegant, prancing piano, while "Angel" features a spirited tin-whistle melody between velvety vocals. "Hideaway" benefits from an atmospheric keyboard trill and sinuous guitar melody, while the gentle ballad "Long Night" gains a Celtic moodiness thanks to a lilting violin and militaristic percussion. And the Bono co-penned, Golden Globe-nominated song "Time Enough for Tears," from the film "In America," has the refined elegance of an classic standard, while "Humdrum" is a melange of old and new, as a brassy pop beat supports a rollicking Irish reel. The Corrs continue to be well served by drawing inspiration from family and country.

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