The idea that Irish sibling-band The Corrs is one of the most unique bands to have emerged in the 90s would be quite the understatement. Their power-pop template sprinkled with violin-driven Celtic embellishments, and lead singer Andrea Corr’s achingly beautiful vocal delivery made for an invigorating concoction – one that made the band global superstars. They reached their absolute commercial zenith in the early 2000s with their “In Blue” album (produced by the legendary Robert John “Mutt” Lange). In 2006, soon after their Irish-themed covers album “Home” was released, the band went on what felt like an indefinite hiatus until their surprise announcement this year of a new album titled “White Light” – which is now slated for release at the end of November 2015. Over the years, The Corrs have revealed a penchant for switching producers on every album (the only exception would be David Foster – who produced the band’s first two albums). This time, they have handed over the production reins to American producer John Shanks (known for his work on several recent Bon Jovi albums and the first two post-reunion Take That albums). The first result of that collaboration surfaced this morning on BBC Radio 2 with the airing of the new album’s lead single “Bring on the night“. The return is welcome if not earthshattering.
Stylistically, “Bring on the night” is reminiscent of the mid-tempo material on the groundbreaking “In Blue” album in its departure from a more Celtic sound to a more mainstream pop-rock sound. The song does not have an introduction. Lead singer Andrea Corr dives right into the first verse with her trademark vocals and sings the following lyrics:
I read the book you read
Tasted the words you said
Our stories darkening with time
One fading afternoon
Lyrically, the song explores the rather familiar themes of heartbreak and longing – something lead singer Andrea Corr conveys convincingly. Fans of The Corrs will most likely be pleased with the song. It showcases a lot (if not all ) of the trademark elements of the Irish quartet’s sonic formula. That being said, we cannot help but hope that “Bring on the night” is not the album’s highlight. While it makes a great album track, we question its ability to generate the momentum that a lead single should – especially given that the last album by the band released 9 years ago. In an ideal world, the band should carry the song and vice versa. Here, we feel like Andrea Corr and the siblings work hard to carry a song with a rather pedestrian melody and while that warrants merit, it just might not be enough. There is a hint of a violin section by Sharon Corr. This could have been expanded upon to elaborate on the melody component of the song. It feels like somewhat of a lost opportunity.
We do not claim to have any authority on the new single’s ability to make a dent on the charts. We had expressed similar skepticism with the John Shanks produced “Patience” – the comeback single by Take That. That song ended up ushering a glorious second chapter brimming with commercial highs for Take That. We hope we are wrong.
That being said, a pop music landscape with The Corrs in it is far better than one in which they are viewed as stars of yesteryear. We welcome them back with open arms but sincerely hope that “Bring on the night” is not the best they have to offer on the new album “White Light“. Until we find out, here is a full-length clip of “Bring on the night“:
STAR RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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