White Light (Corrs album)

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White Light
WhiteLightAlbumCover1b.jpg
Studio album by
Released
  • 27 November 2015 (Europe excluding German-speaking countries)
  • 12 February 2016 (German-speaking countries)
Recorded
  • May 2015 - October 2015
  • Metropolis Studios
  • Chestnut Studios
Genre
Length47:54 [1]
LabelEast West Records
ProducerThe CorrsJohn Shanks • Chris Young
The Corrs chronology
The Works
(2007)
White Light
(2015)
Jupiter Calling
(2017)
Singles from White Light
  1. "Bring on the Night"
    Released: 30 October 2015
  2. "I Do What I Like"
    Released: 4 March 2016[2]

White Light is The Corrs' sixth studio album, released on 27 November 2015.[3] It is their first studio album in a decade, after Home (2005), their first of original material since 2004 and marks their return to the music scene. The album peaked inside the Top 10 in Hungary, Ireland and Switzerland and reached the Top 20 in 8 countries.

Background[edit]

The Corrs returned to the studio in May 2015 after a 10-year hiatus from music. Sharon told Vibe Magazine that it was Caroline who initiated the sessions saying: "I think she had been thinking about it for a while." before going on to state that "We had never said never, we are a family, we hadn’t broken up – that would be way too serious and catastrophic. She rang us all and we were all open to it.”[4] The sessions were not made public at the beginning, as Sharon explained that "We did it all in a very organic way, completely under the radar. We told nobody about it and we just went into a studio in London. We all wrote stuff at home, brought it in and found out if we had any good ideas together. The magic was there immediately.”[4]

From their first session, "Ellis Island" and "Strange Romance" began convincing the siblings that they were on to something.[5] "Gerry's Reel" pays tribute to their father, 82, who died during the production of the album. The Corrs performed together for the first time in 10 years at his funeral.[6] "Bring On The Night" was also written about his death and was also inspired from a book that Andrea had read, hence the lyrics "I read the book you read, tasted the words you said". "White Light", the title track, came to life after Andrea went to see the documentary, Amy, about singer Amy Winehouse, who died from a drug overdose at the age of 27, and became inspired from a Tony Bennett quote in the film. Bennett stated, "You've got to live long enough to learn how to live."[7]

Jim told Magic Radio that he believed this album was "probably the best album we've ever done. We are really proud of it and hope the fans love it just as much."

Release and promotion[edit]

On 19 October 2015, the lead single "Bring on the Night" was premiered worldwide for the very first time on BBC Radio 2.[8] The single was released as a digital download on 30 October 2015.[9] The Corrs official YouTube channel uploaded a lyric video for the song on 30 October 2015.[10] A music video was released on 11 November 2015.

The album debuted at number eleven on the UK Albums Chart, with 27,648 copies sold.[11] On 1 January 2016, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[12]

A European tour in support of the album took place in 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[13]
RTÉ.ie2/5 stars[14]
London Evening Standard3/5 stars[15]
The Times2/5 stars[16]
The Arts Desk3/5 stars[17]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[18]
Daily Mail3/5 stars[19]

White Light has received mixed reviews from critics. Neil Yeung of AllMusic rated 4/5 stars for the album, stating that "this collection sounds like they picked up immediately after their last album and not a return to the scene after a decade." Adrian Thrills from the Daily Mail gave the album 3/5 stars, saying that "despite its more adult themes, White Light finds The Corrs reclaiming a winning sound that is still one of the most distinctive in pop."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by The Corrs, with additional co-writing on "Kiss of Life" by John Shanks and Natasha Bedingfield; and "Unconditional" by Shanks and Ruth-Anne Cunningham.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."I Do What I Like"
  • John Shanks
3:36
2."Bring On the Night"
  • Shanks
4:16
3."White Light"
  • Shanks
3:15
4."Kiss of Life"
  • Shanks
3:58
5."Unconditional"
  • Shanks
3:54
6."Strange Romance"
  • Shanks
3:40
7."Ellis Island"
  • The Corrs
  • Chris Young
5:03
8."Gerry's Reel" (instrumental)
  • The Corrs
  • Young
3:20
9."Stay"
  • Shanks
3:08
10."Catch Me When I Fall"
  • Shanks
5:28
11."Harmony"
  • The Corrs
  • Young
4:34
12."With Me Stay" (Acoustic version of "Stay")
  • The Corrs
  • Young
3:42

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[38] 26,400[37]
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  6. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/corrs-reveal-heartbreak-over-loss-6467943
  7. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=38787
  8. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Premiere". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  9. ^ "Bring On The Night". Qobuz. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  10. ^ The Corrs - Bring On The Night - lyric video. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015 – via YouTube.
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