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Andrea Corr: Bono has been so supportive and loves our new record

Catherine Wylie

Published 04/11/2015 | 19:26

Andrea Corr says Bono has given The Corrs' latest album a
Andrea Corr says Bono has given The Corrs' latest album a "very good review"

U2 frontman Bono has given the thumbs up to the latest album from The Corrs - their first after a 10 year hiatus.

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The group - sisters Sharon (45), Caroline (42), Andrea (41) and brother Jim - are back with new album 'White Light', their first since 2004.

Sharon Corr said there was
Sharon Corr said there was "a lot more equality" nowadays than when The Corrs started out

Speaking to Press Association, Andrea Corr says they contacted Bono ahead of the album's release.

The U2 star is a good friend of the siblings, and something of a bodyguard.

Their new album has received a "very good review" from Bono.

Andrea said: "He has heard it all. We're very fortunate to have him as a friend and also in certain ways a bodyguard.

Back in black: The Corrs.
Back in black: The Corrs.

"I will often go to him with, 'what do you think of this?' He has been so supportive and really loves the record."

She added: "I'm really happy when it's positive because also I know he'd tell me the truth if he didn't like it, I'd be hearing all about it, so it's a hell of a compliment."

The sisters also spoke about the pressure on women to look good and how people are "obsessed" with the ageing process.

The Corr sisters are known for their beauty as well as their music, and Sharon said that while there is "a lot more equality" now she thinks people may have underestimated the musical abilities of the three sisters.

'Talk on Corners' by The Corrs is the most successful Irish album in the UK ever.
'Talk on Corners' by The Corrs is the most successful Irish album in the UK ever.

She told the Press Association: "I do think that people tended a little bit to look at the girls and think possibly we weren't writing... and yet that was probably never a question when you look at a guy."

Caroline added: "There is a lot of pressure on women though... the whole ageing process. People are obsessed with it.

"It's such a compliment to us when people say 'oh you guys look great for your age'. It's lovely.

"But you do realise that there is a massive focus on that nowadays, and I think it's really difficult, especially for women who would like to just grow old gracefully and not have that focus but it is always there and that's just the way it is.

The Corrs during the height of their popularity, a period in which they sold 30 million albums worldwide - Jim, Andrea, Sharon and Caroline
The Corrs during the height of their popularity, a period in which they sold 30 million albums worldwide - Jim, Andrea, Sharon and Caroline

"At the same time we take it as a compliment of course."

Andrea said when she looks back the focus on their looks only made them work harder and play live more, adding that she "wouldn't really change a thing".

At the height of their fame, the band was the subject of a sketch on Saturday morning show SMTV Live in which hosts Cat Deeley and Ant and Dec joked about "the beautiful Corrs", which Sharon described as "hilarious".

The family from Dundalk, Co Louth, have sold more than 30 million albums since their 1995 debut Forgiven Not Forgotten.

Their father died earlier this year and they say they have found it "comforting" to spend lots of time together.

Andrea said: "Since January now we've been back with each other, and in a lot of ways it seems almost fated.

"For us it's been great being together. We were doing the record but then our father passed away. So actually being together, as we have to be now, has been really comforting, because we do have a shared history and the shared loss and to put that into our work, and into our music and into our performance together is another blessing."

She added: "Thank God that happened when we were together and not when we were more split up in our own individual lives."

Sharon said: "It's more than nice. It's way more than nice. It's kind of like coming home in so many ways. And we are an amazing comfort to each other, and especially around the time of Dad."

Jim is the only band member to still live in Ireland, and while Sharon said she misses the brown bread, Caroline said she misses "the familiarity of the Irish people".

She added: "When I go home to Ireland I'm always amazed that I just have random chats with people, strangers, there's something really beautiful about that."

The Corrs will play concerts across the UK and Ireland in January and White Light is out on November 27.

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