Sharon Corr – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime Review

Not being a great Corrs fan it would be very easy to rip this song to pieces on that alone.  But being a fan of everything muscial I always say a good song is a good song, not too mention that there have been many covers that some could argue outshone the original (Jimi Hendrix-All Along The Watchtower, Jeff Buckley-Hallelujah to name a couple) but this just doesn’t work for me.  Musically there is nothing wrong with the song, had it be an original composition it would have been a nice well written pop song that does nothing wrong and would probably ease it’s way into the top 40 and the latest “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilation, the problem is with the feeling of the song.  Not sure what I mean, well take a listen to the Korgis original.

There is something eerie and unsettling about the way it sounds and it subconsciously has you absorbing the lyrics.

The Sharon Corr version is overproduced and whilst it plays nicely on the ears, it will not get beneath your skin like the original.  The other problem is that the song has already been covered numerous times, and with better delivery.  There is too much synth and mechanical drums and sounds a bit “plastic”  No doubt Corrs fans will love it and whilst it’s not awful it’s not going to make you sit up and listen either.

NB: The video is bloody awful!

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  1. Gerard McGarry

    I came to the conclusion after listening to the original that I don’t care for the song itself very much. But Sharon’s version kind of takes all the edge off the track, really and leaves something bland behind.

    Ah, Sharon, the elegant, statuesque, violinist of The Corrs. Definitely the one I fancied the most of the three sisters. How much nicer it was when she was seen and only heard in the background.

    I’m being facetious there, but there’s a serious point in there: I don’t think Sharon has the voice to pull off solo material like this. And she looks desperately uncomfortable in the video…until she starts playing the violin, then she looks self-assured and elegant again. But the most important question Sharon (and we) should be asking – is there even a market for this kind of music anymore? Who does she hope to sell to? And wouldn’t it be better to release a song with a bit of life in it?

    1. PeeJay1980

      The market was one issue I was going to raise, but again not being a fan I thought it unfair for me to question it not knowing the fan base, I think she has a good “hardcore fan” following but I agree, I don’t really see this going anywhere! 

      1. Gerard McGarry

        I know where you’re coming from. Whether you’re a fan or not though, if there’s no obvious market, then it’s a fair bet that the single won’t shift more than a handful of copies.

        For me, the timid choice of song, and the wishy washy video don’t give the impression of a confident solo effort. It feels more like a passive ‘throw out a single and see what happens’ kind of affair. The charts are exactly the opposite these days – strong, sexy women laying down the law and telling us how it’s going to be. Sharon’s about ten years too late.

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