Talk on Corners

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Talk on Corners
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Studio album by The Corrs
Released 20 October 1997 (Ireland)
16 April 1998 (US)
Recorded July 1995 - May 1997
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock, Celtic, folk rock, Celtic fusion
Length 56:58 (1997 release)
60:55 (1998 re-release)
Label 143 Records/Lava/Atlantic Records
Producer Glen Ballard, Jim Corr, David Foster, John Hughes, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, Peter Rafelson, Billy Steinberg, Randy Wine
The Corrs chronology
The Corrs Live
(1997)
Talk on Corners
(1997)
The Corrs Unplugged
(1999)
Singles from Talk on Corners
  1. "Only When I Sleep"
    Released: October 1997
  2. "I Never Loved You Anyway"
    Released: December 1997
  3. "What Can I Do"
    Released: February 1998
  4. "Dreams"
    Released: May 1998
  5. "What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix)"
    Released: August 1998
  6. "So Young"
    Released: November 1998
  7. "Runaway (Tin Tin Out Remix)"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Daily Vault C- [3]

Talk on Corners is the second album by Irish band The Corrs, released on 20 October 1997 in Ireland and 16 April 1998 in the United States. The name of the album is derived from a line from the album's song "Queen of Hollywood". After its release, songs from this album were to dominate their live set for a long time to come and through the biggest growth period of the band's career. During this album's long reign, they worked solidly with very little time off and gained a lot of exposure with TV appearances and tours. Their next studio album took nearly 3 years to materialise. In between was a live 'unplugged' album which introduced only a handful of new songs. Hence their continuing reliance on existing material, some of which became subject to rearranging or remixing along the way.

Talk on Corners was The Corrs' breakthrough album in the UK, but not initially. The first 3 single releases from the album ("Only When I Sleep", "I Never Loved You Anyway" and "What Can I Do") all failed to reach the top 40. Meanwhile, they had contributed to the album Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours with their version of the song "Dreams". They had incorporated the song into their live set and eventually decided to release it as a single. Its release followed a live concert at the Albert Hall on 17 March 1998 (St Patrick's Day), televised by the BBC, coupled with a day-long TV special devoted to The Corrs on VH-1 as a preamble to the event. In concert, they were joined by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (who was also producer of the Legacy album) on 3 songs, including "Dreams". The event did much to raise the band's profile. The single 'Dreams' was released a few weeks later and the Talk on Corners album was reissued with the track 'Dreams' added. A remixed version of the single became their first UK top 10 hit, partly helped by BBC Radio One's decision to include a Corrs single on their playlist for the first time (they had previously regarded them as a folk band).

The album took off and more hit singles followed. The next was a new version of their previous single "What Can I Do", remixed by Tin Tin Out and radically transformed by the addition of a prominent guitar riff running through the whole of each verse. This gave them their next top 10 hit. In November, they put out a further remixed track from the album as another single - "So Young" - which also made the top 10. A 'Special Edition' version of the album was released, with a modified running order and featuring these remixes. The album also included an additional track, a remix (courtesy of Tin Tin Out again) of "Runaway", a popular song from their first album, which was to become their next single and giving them a number 2 hit.

Talk on Corners became the UK's highest selling album of 1998 and the 9th best selling album of 1999.[4] The album is the 20th best selling release of all time in that region, and remains the UK's biggest selling Irish album in history.[5]

Background and composition[edit]

In January 1997 they moved to California to begin working on this album, largely under the supervision of David Foster. On the face of it, this was almost a repeat of what they had done 2 years earlier when they began recording their debut album Forgiven, Not Forgotten. However, this time they were under far more pressure to deliver. Andrea has described the making of this album as being 'a struggle'. In the video documentary "Home" manager John Hughes cited 'second album syndrome' as common source of pressure for all artists. Unlike their previous recording experience, the aim of which had been to capture the band's sound and vibe on record using already existing and established material, the new goal was to create and record new songs, as yet mostly unwritten, and to try to equal or surpass their earlier efforts.

Further demands came from the record company, who were concerned that none of the songs they were being presented with seemed like potential hit singles. They disliked the songs "What Can I Do" and "So Young", particularly the latter, and the band had to fight hard for their inclusion on the album. With hindsight, the company's attitude seems incongruous, as these two tracks eventually did very well as single releases, but they were recorded at a time when The Corrs' brand of pop music had not yet caught on with the public.

Various co-writers and additional producers were brought in to help improve the hit potential, e.g. Carole Bayer Sager, Glen Ballard, and Oliver Leiber. The use of different producers on different tracks introduced further difficulties. They found that this made it hard to achieve consistency throughout the whole album. In the end, however, the band were reasonably pleased with the finished product. However, the record company were rather less happy with it and wanted the band to continue recording more new tracks. When The Corrs refused, Atlantic threatened not to release the album at all and manager John Hughes was forced to make guarantees about future album sales in order to gain their cooperation.

Track listing[edit]

Original release in Ireland (October 1997)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Only When I Sleep"   Andrea Corr, Caroline Corr, Jim Corr, Sharon Corr, Oliver Leiber, Paul Peterson, John Shanks Leiber 4:24
2. "When He's Not Around"   The Corrs David Foster 4:25
3. "What Can I Do?"   The Corrs Jim Corr 4:18
4. "I Never Loved You Anyway"   The Corrs, Carole Bayer Sager Foster 4:27
5. "So Young"   The Corrs Jim Corr, Leiber 3:53
6. "Don't Say You Love Me"   The Corrs, Sager Foster 4:39
7. "Love Gives Love Takes"   The Corrs, Dane Deviller, Sean Hosein, Leiber, Stacey Piersa, Elliot Wolff Leiber 3:42
8. "Hopelessly Addicted"   The Corrs, Leiber Leiber 4:03
9. "Paddy McCarthy" (instrumental) The Corrs Jim Corr 4:58
10. "Intimacy"   Neil Geraldo, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg Steinberg 3:57
11. "Queen of Hollywood"   Glen Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein Ballard 5:02
12. "No Good for Me"   The Corrs Foster 4:00
13. "Little Wing"   Jimi Hendrix John Hughes 5:08

Re-release (16 April 1998)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Only When I Sleep"   Andrea Corr, Caroline Corr, Jim Corr, Sharon Corr, Oliver Leiber, Paul Peterson, John Shanks Leiber 4:24
2. "When He's Not Around"   The Corrs David Foster 4:25
3. "Dreams"   Stevie Nicks Leiber, Peter Rafelson 4:01
4. "What Can I Do?"   The Corrs Jim Corr 4:18
5. "I Never Loved You Anyway"   The Corrs, Carole Bayer Sager Foster 4:27
6. "So Young"   The Corrs Jim Corr, Leiber 3:53
7. "Don't Say You Love Me"   The Corrs, Sager Foster 4:39
8. "Love Gives Love Takes"   The Corrs, Dane Deviller, Sean Hosein, Leiber, Stacey Piersa, Elliot Wolff Leiber 3:42
9. "Hopelessly Addicted"   The Corrs, Leiber Leiber 4:03
10. "Paddy McCarthy" (instrumental) The Corrs Jim Corr 4:58
11. "Intimacy"   Neil Geraldo, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg Steinberg 3:57
12. "Queen of Hollywood"   Glen Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein Ballard 5:02
13. "No Good for Me"   The Corrs Foster 4:00
14. "Little Wing"   Jimi Hendrix John Hughes 5:08
  • With the addition of the track "Dreams", this release became established as the 'main' version.

Talk on Corners: Special Edition[edit]

Special Edition (Europe)

Released after the huge success of Talk on Corners in Europe and Australasia, this album was also one of The Corrs' attempts to break into the US charts. This revised album contained remixes of a few tracks including their first single "Runaway". Other songs featured included "Dreams", "What Can I Do" and "So Young".

The songs on this album were remixed by:

The song "I Never Loved You Anyway" was also remixed but the name of the remix was never mentioned (although it was believed to be Tin Tin Out).

Special Edition (Europe)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "What Can I Do?" (Tin Tin Out remix) Andrea Corr, Caroline Corr, Jim Corr, Sharon Corr Jim Corr, Tin Tin Out 4:24
2. "So Young" (K-Klass Remix) The Corrs Jim Corr, Oliver Leiber, K-Klass 4:14
3. "Only When I Sleep"   The Corrs, Leiber, Paul Peterson, John Shanks Leiber 4:24
4. "When He's Not Around"   The Corrs David Foster 4:25
5. "Dreams" (Tee's Radio Mix) Stevie Nicks Leiber, Peter Rafelson, Todd Terry 3:54
6. "I Never Loved You Anyway" (uncredited remix) The Corrs, Carole Bayer Sager Foster 3:40
7. "Don't Say You Love Me"   The Corrs, Sager Foster 4:39
8. "Love Gives Love Takes"   The Corrs, Dane Deviller, Sean Hosein, Leiber, Stacey Piersa, Elliot Wolff Leiber 3:42
9. "Runaway" (Tin Tin Out Remix) The Corrs Foster, Tin Tin Out 4:35
10. "Hopelessly Addicted"   The Corrs, Leiber Leiber 4:03
11. "Paddy McCarthy" (instrumental) The Corrs Jim Corr 4:58
12. "Intimacy"   Neil Geraldo, Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg Steinberg 3:57
13. "Queen of Hollywood"   Glen Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein Ballard 5:02
14. "No Good for Me"   The Corrs Foster 4:00
15. "Little Wing"   Jimi Hendrix John Hughes 5:08

"Make You Mine" was supposed to replace "Intimacy" on this album but the idea was snubbed. It was later featured on The Best of The Corrs, released in 2001.

Special Edition (USA)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "What Can I Do?" (Tin Tin Out remix) Andrea Corr, Caroline Corr, Jim Corr, Sharon Corr Jim Corr, Tin Tin Out 4:24
2. "Only When I Sleep"   The Corrs, Oliver Leiber, Paul Peterson, John Shanks Leiber 4:24
3. "So Young" (K-Klass Remix) The Corrs Jim Corr, Leiber, K-Klass 4:14
4. "Dreams" (Tee's Radio Mix) Stevie Nicks Leiber, Peter Rafelson, Todd Terry 3:54
5. "Runaway" (Tin Tin Out Remix) The Corrs David Foster, Tin Tin Out 4:35
6. "I Never Loved You Anyway" (uncredited remix) The Corrs, Carole Bayer Sager Foster 3:40
7. "Paddy McCarthy" (instrumental) The Corrs Jim Corr 4:58
8. "Queen of Hollywood"   Glen Ballard, The Corrs, Dane Deviller, Sean Hosein Ballard 5:02
9. "Hopelessly Addicted"   The Corrs, Leiber Leiber 4:03
10. "When He's Not Around"   The Corrs Foster 4:25
11. "No Good for Me"   The Corrs Foster 4:00
12. "Little Wing"   Jimi Hendrix John Hughes 5:08

Musicians[edit]

The Corrs[edit]

Featuring[edit]

Other musicians featured[edit]

  • Paul Peterson – bass, keyboards
  • Matt Laug – drums
  • John Shanks – guitars, mandolin
  • Oliver Leiber – guitars
  • David Foster – keyboards, synth bass
  • Michael Thompson – guitars
  • John Robinson – drums
  • Dean Parks – guitars
  • Michael Thompson – guitars, organ
  • Tim Pierce – guitars
  • Gota Yashiki – drums
  • John Glutin – keyboards
  • Jeff Hull – keyboards
  • Rick Nowels – guitars
  • Suzy Katayama – cello
  • Lisa Wagner – cello
  • Luis Conte – percussion
  • Dane DeViller – guitars
  • Lance Morrison – bass
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes, tin whistle
  • Derek Bell – harp
  • Sean Keane – fiddle
  • Martin Fay – fiddle
  • Matt Malloy – flute
  • Kevin Conneff – bodhrán

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Glen Ballard, Jim Corr, David Foster, John Hughes, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, Peter Rafelson, Billy Steinberg, Randy Wine
  • Associate producer: Tom Bender
  • Engineers: Philip Begley, Felipe Elgueta, Al Lay Assistant, Oliver Leiber, Tim Martin, Brian Masterson, Dave Reitzas, Barry Rudolph, Matt Silva
  • Assistant engineer: Yuzuru "Joe" Koyanazi
  • Mixing: Rob Chiarelli, Mick Guzauski
  • Mixing assistants: Bob Clearmountain, Ryan Freeland
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Production Coordination: Collen Reynolds
  • Programming: George Black, Felipe Elgueta, Oliver Leiber, Leo Pearson, Peter Rafelson
  • Arranger: The Corrs, David Foster, Paddy Moloney
  • String arrangements: Jeff Hull

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release details[edit]

  • 1997, Republic of Ireland, Atlantic 7567-83206-2, release date: 25 October 1997, CD
  • 1997, Japan, Warner AMCY-2319, release date: 1997, CD (with two bonus tracks)
  • 1998, Australia, Atlantic 80885-2, release date: 1998, CD (double album bonus 5-track live in concert CD "I Never Loved You Anyway" (acoustic), "The Right Time", "Queen of Hollywood", "Toss the Feathers" and "Closer")
  • 1998, Australia, Atlantic 80885-4, release date: 1998, cassette (double album bonus 5-track live in concert CD "I Never Loved You Anyway" (acoustic), "The Right Time", "Queen of Hollywood", "Toss the Feathers" and "Closer")
  • 1998, UK, Atlantic 80917-2, release date: 9 November 1998, CD (special edition European version)
  • 1999, Taiwan, Atlantic 80917-2, release date: 1999, CD (special edition European version from Taiwan)
  • 1999, USA, Atlantic 83164-2, release date: 16 February 1999, CD (special edition USA version)
  • 2001, Australia, Atlantic 7567-80963-2, release date: 2001, CD (double release with Forgiven, Not Forgotten)
  • 2001, France, Warner 7567-93055-2, release date: 2001, CD (as gold disc limited collectors edition)

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Preceded by
The Good Will Out by Embrace
5ive by Five
Jane McDonald by Jane McDonald
Where We Belong by Boyzone

I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams
UK number one album
27 June 1998 – 3 July 1998
11 July 1998 – 17 July 1998
27 June 1998 – 3 July 1998
19 September 1998 – 25 September 1998

27 February 1999 – 19 March 1999
Succeeded by
5ive by Five
Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys
Where We Belong by Boyzone
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
by Manic Street Preachers
Performance and Cocktails by Stereophonics