The Corrs are a folk rock band that
has a genuine claim to be a "family" band: the four members
(Sharon, Caroline, Andrea, and Jim) are all siblings. Together
they've created a solid list of albums in just a few years, including
Forgiven, Not Forgotten; In Blue; Talk on Corners;
and Borrowed Heaven. This concert DVD is from The Corrs'
Borrowed Heaven tour, with the band playing to an enthusiastic
audience in Geneva.
The Corrs: Live in Geneva
offers a solid set from the group's musical repertoire, opening with
one of my favorites, "Humdrum" and continuing with a mix of
lively, up-beat songs and more low-key, melancholy ones. All the
members of the band seem to be having a good time with their
performances here, and there's particular energy when Caroline (who
had been absent from earlier shows on the tour) is brought on stage
to take her place at the percussion section.
Overall, the show is an engaging
one. While there are short introductions to many of the songs, these
are kept quite short, so in general there's minimal chit-chat mixed
in with the music. (I suspect the language barrier motivated them to
stick to the universal language of music.) It seemed to me that these
live versions of the songs were fairly similar to the studio
versions, but they do still show some of the natural variation we'd
expect from a live performance.
The visual presentation of the
concert is quite interesting. Rather than sticking to a
straightforward filming of the concert, the filmmakers have taken a
more artistic approach. Some of the shots are deliberately out of
focus for effect, and others are in slow motion or shown in an
artistically grainy black and white. In addition to the conventional
shots of the stage from the middle distance and sides, we also see
some distinctive camera angles used here. The results are quite good,
giving the concert some of the visual liveliness of a music video,
while not going overboard in the process.
The concert runs 104 minutes, with
the song list as follows:
Only When I Sleep
What Can I Do
Forgiven, Not Forgotten
Return from Fingal / Trout in a Bath
Queen of Hollywood
I Never Loved You Anyway
Toss the Feathers
The Corrs: Live in Geneva is
presented in an attractive anamorphic widescreen format, at the
1.85:1 aspect ratio. Concerts are always tricky to film, given the
challenges of dramatic stage lighting at night, but overall the image
looks quite nice here. The picture is somewhat soft overall, but
colors are bright and clean, and it's pleasing to the eye.
Three audio tracks are provided
here: an L-PCM stereo, a Dolby 5.1, and a DTS 5.1. The L-PCM stereo
track offers a nice, full sound that is of course missing the
surround separation of the other tracks. I preferred the two other
tracks, which are very close to each other in quality. Neither the
5.1 nor the DTS tracks make as much use of the side and rear channels
as I'd have expected, but in both cases the different elements of the
soundtrack are nicely distinct, giving a "you are there"
feeling. Both of these tracks are clean and have a rich, full sound;
the DTS offers a bit more depth.
There are no special features on
The Corrs: Live in Geneva is
a good choice for either new potential listeners or die-hard
completionists, though probably not for middle-of-the-road fans. If
you've heard one or two songs by The Corrs and liked them, then the
Live in Geneva DVD is a nice "best of" sampler that
will let you get a feel for their work over several albums. If you
already own their studio albums, the live concert doesn't offer a
whole lot, since these performances aren't that much different.
Completionists will want to have the concert in their collection, of
course. Overall recommendation? This is a straightforward and
reasonably well done program, and it gets a "recommended"