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Singles Collection

The Coral

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U.K.-based, vaguely psychedelic and always atmospheric indie rock outfit the Coral hit the bulls eye on their Mercury nominated, full-length 2002 eponymous debut (they even got press across the pond), and through four more albums, all of which were at the very least decent, they earned themselves a respectable place in post-Brit-pop infamy. The Coral, like the Kaiser Chiefs, have always been more of a singles band, which makes the appropriately titled Singles Collection such a treat. The jangly '60s-inspired pop nuggets that graced the group's debut ("Dreaming of You," "Goodbye") still pack the most punch, but by cherry-picking tracks from later releases like Magic and Medicine ("Don't Think You're the First"), Invisible Invasion ("In the Morning"), and Roots & Echoes ("Put the Sun Back"), as well as including a whole second disc of (admittedly hit or miss) singles and live tracks, they've managed to craft their most enjoyable release yet.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Hoylake, Merseyside, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

They're not like Echo & the Bunnymen and they claim they're not seaside scousers of their hometown of Hoylake, for the Coral are crazy geezers, Happy Mondays-style. Comprised of six neighborhood mates James Skelly (guitar/vocals), Ian Skelly (drums), Nick Power (organ), Bill Ryder-Jones (guitar/trumpet), Lee Southall (guitar/vocals) and Paul Duffy (bass/sax), the Coral formed in their early teens in 1996. NME was quick to jump on them in fall 2001, proclaiming the Coral as the best new band in...
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