Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
Establishing a fanbase as a solo artist after international success as much-loved Irish sibling sweethearts was always going to be a tricky task. With The Same Sun, Sharon Corr appears to have broken free of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory which she perhaps held onto for 2010’s first solo offering, Dream of You. Mitchell Froom’s production has steered away from the expected, trademark Celtic feel. However, this quarter of Dundalk’s most successful musical export retains her own enchanting sound; it simply seems to have been allowed to grow and change with her.
Loyal fans are still offered that familiar, comforting blanket of pretty loveliness. Her uncanny Karen Carpenter-esque voice on 'Upon an Ocean' and the album’s first single, 'Take a Minute', is beautifully polished and that Carpenters vibe resonates throughout the whole album. 'Edge of Nowhere' and 'You Say' are sweet and soothing, lulling you in and leaving you humming in their wake. The slightly more upbeat 'Full Circle' and 'The Runaround' are silky toe-tappers. That Corrs flair for creating a melody that lingers, certainly remains. Sharon's second solo offering will be lapped up by devoted Corrs fans, whilst the refreshed, glossy, LA sound might also appeal to those previously more reticent. Delightfully angelic she may still sound, but The Same Sun is a sophisticated presentation, echoing well-loved roots.