A diverse decade of Irish music


“VH1 Presents: The Corrs Live in Dublin” saw the camera-ready clan show what they were made of on a small sound stage.

The guitars on their monster hit “Breathless” chatter without the restraint of a fastidious producer, while the drums pound behind Andrea Corr’s “breathless” cooing. She is a relentless flirt onstage, entertaining a number of high watt suitors throughout the evening.

Bono strides onstage and engages in a heartfelt duet on Ryan Adams’ “When the Stars Go Blue,” turning the obscure song into a modest hit during the St. Patrick’s Day season that year. He sticks around long enough to offer a cartoonish country western drawl on the Nancy Sinatra chestnut “Summer Wine.”

The disc also serves as a greatest hits retrospective. Viewers unfamiliar with the band’s back catalog got to hear the heavy Fleetwood Mac influence on tracks like “So Young” and “Radio.”

Album of the decade

U2: “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”

“A mole, living in a hole/Digging up my soul/Going down, excavation/Love, lift me out of these blues/Won't you tell me something true/I believe in you,” shouted Bono on U2’s (then) new hit, “Elevation.”

It was if the line was written for New York in the wake of 9/11. At least that’s how it felt when I heard them playing it at Madison Square Garden a few weeks after the towers fell.

“And if the night runs over/And if the day won't last/And if your way should falter/Along the stony pass/It's just a moment, this time will pass,” Bono sang on “Stuck in a Moment That You Can’t Get Out Of.”

Was Bono some rock and roll Nostradamus, predicting this moment of public mourning when he wrote those lines in Dublin a year before our tragedy?

“All That You Can’t Leave Behind” might be packed with uplifting radio friendly classics, but to myself and many New Yorkers I know this album pulled us through our darkest days.