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Released just a year after their first album, this compact, bewitching second record sees The Coral trade some of the manic invention of their debut for something a touch less hyperactive. Not that the Merseysiders have completely mislaid their ragbag of sonic ideas. Magic & Medicine features everything from Spaghetti Western flute (“Don’t Think You’re The First”) to Bond theme bombast (“Secret Kiss”) and —in “Pass It On”—possibly the world’s only successful attempt to turn the theme of existential impermanence into two minutes of breezy pop perfection.


Formed: 1996 in Hoylake, Merseyside, England

Genre: Alternative

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

British rock group the Coral formed in 1996 in Hoylake, a town on the Wirral Peninsula just across the River Mersey from Liverpool. Credited with igniting the guitar group revival in England, the six-member band boasted three guitarists and presented a rich, spirited sound drawn from a variety of influences like Motown, Merseybeat, psychedelia, country, and dub. Led by the roguish baritone of singer/guitarist James Skelly with his younger brother Ian Skelly on drums, the band's lineup consisted of...
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