"FORGIVEN, NOT FORGOTTEN"
ERIN SHORE - Traditional intro for 30 seconds, a sweet minimal Irish instrumental which seamelessly links into the drumbeat of the title track that follows.
FORGIVEN, NOT FORGOTTEN - haS that mystical medieval feel, Pop Rock with a hint of Celtic backdrop.
HEAVEN KNOWS - A more poppy track which reminds me of the singing group Wilson Phillips or early Bangles. Great harmonies showcasing the girls' vocals.
ALONG WITH THE GIRLS - An instrumental that does what it says on the tin! The girls giving us a brief 50 second showcase of their prowess on various classic Irish instruments.
SOMEDAY - A real Pop Rock track, heavier drums than usual, catchy chorus, lots of musical backing going on and it works brilliantly.
RUNAWAY - The debut single hit me like a ton of bricks. A simple yet effectively emotive and cutely sung by Andrea Corr. Loved this on first listen and prompted me to tell everyone that this new band would be massive, I was not worng.
THE RIGHT TIME - A bright and breezy song that has a little Fleetwoos Mac influence.
MINSTREL BOY - The Irish song by Thomas Moore is given the Instrumental treatment by the band.
TOSS THE FEATHERS - Such a brilliant foot tapper, on seeing the band live this got everyone up and bouncing. Superb musicianship by everyone involved. I never thought one of my favourite songs would be an Instrumental as I am a former songwriter and poetry writer I love lyrics! The traditional Irish Folk song is given the big Rock rendition!
LOVE TO LOVE YOU - Pretty much a soft Rock ballad with again a hint of Fleetwood Mac.
SECRET LIFE - Pure Pop Rock with funky basslines, catchy chorus, crashing drums and searing guitars.
CARRAROE JIG - Another Instrumental track and as the title says an irish jig, this is like a toned down "Toss The Feathers" but still gets the feet tapping and your head nodding! Pity it only lasts 53 seconds but I think this album was a nice teasing showcase of what the band would offer in later albums.
CLOSER - Just a beautiful song, similar to "Runaway" and just as emotive, Andrea's vocals sound lovely here with the very minimal backing, ending with a flourish of atmospheric sounds and vocals to fade.
LEAVE ME ALONE - Pop Rock number which reminds me in composition of a Deacon Blue/Blow Monkeys hybrid. A bright uptempo track with various vocals, sometimes doubled up sometimes echoed, a very catchy chorus and "oohs" in the background. Classic Corrs track with the obligatory crossover Irish segment.
ERIN SHORE - The full version ends the album and is absolutely beautiful. Light, lilting building into a crescendo of ambient sounds and atmospheric chirps and beeps before the masive drum solo which gives you goosebumps.