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THE CORRS | VH1 Presents: The Corrs Live In Dublin
Selected by Quentin Harrison
A rude rumor had been set on the wind about the Irish sibling band, The Corrs, in the early 2000s. Kicked off by a sect of cynical critics, The Corrs had been accused of sanding down their live band sensibilities on their albums. Their third effort, In Blue (2000), was (unfairly) seen as the biggest offender. Yes, The Corrs weren't afraid to utilize any and all studio tech at their disposal, but their blend of AOR pop and traditional Irish music was still very much present on In Blue. Consider as well, that while this negative chatter ballooned, The Corrs had already logged two live albums under their belt.
So, two years removed from the blockbuster victory of In Blue—The Corrs held a VH-1 sponsored show in Dublin, Ireland to again cast aside any doubt that the quartet couldn't conduct themselves like a band. Confined to a demure 11 tracks, Live In Dublin whips through several of their charters and a few covers, both pop and Irish folk classics. Throughout, they flex their muscles as one of the most dynamic bands in the world. They even roped in two guests—U2 frontman Bono and the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood. Live In Dublin, like its two preceding live affairs before it, attest that The Corrs should never, ever be underestimated as a live band.