Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Coral-The Coral

Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Coral-The Coral

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The Coral are six men, mostly teenagers or early twenties, with a fixation for all things weird and wonderful. They appear to see inspiration in everything. Explaining the songs is not easy. With songs about the sea, sailors, skeletons, the wild west and crazy monsters this Liverpool band have created the first British psychedelic album of the millennium. This is an adventurous concept album and one that steadily grows on you.

The deep-throated warble of the singers accompanied at various stages by the sound of polkas, far-out guitar playing, weird screams and jumping-up-and-down punk-style rhythms a la The Clash have made this album a mixed bag in a positive sense. There is nothing else like this being made now. You can go back and trawl through your Nuggets archive and find similar soundings made by many different bands in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Not one has this level of consistency and vibrancy.

The Coral have been performing live for some years now and have gained a reputation for being a tight outfit. The combination of instruments used is impressive. They swap bass and saxophone, trumpet and guitars with ease. Add a touch of organ and percussion and get swept away by a bright new band. It has been 20 years since Merseyside spawned Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen and since then there hasn't been a Liverpool sound. This is all about to change. This album is a top contender for the Mercury Music Prize.

Label Deltasonic

Catalogue Number. L11.99

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