The Corrs aren't the first overseas act with such a goal, but few have pursued it with their depressing zeal. First came a collaboration with producer Glen Ballard, then a remix disc, and now In Blue, which finds them paired with, among others, producer and Shania Twain husband/ Svengali ''Mutt'' Lange. The Lange helmed opening track and single, ''Breathless,'' could be credited to Wilson O'Phillips, and it sets the tone for what follows.
The ''nothing but a heartache'' songs are banal, each one reduced to adult contemporary radio fodder that feels very 1991 (''All the Love in the World'' is awaiting Celine Dion's return). The album also reflects a music biz mind set that emphasizes not merely Stateside sales but global success; ''In Blue'' is unlikely to offend anyone, anywhere. Tellingly, sister Sharon Corr's fiddle is featured prominently only on two tracks. It's a shame, since the Corrs can work up a jig-rock lather on stage. But on record, they're a disheartening example of musical ethnic cleansing.