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Rock revivalism is only half the story on this eponymous debut from psychedelic Wirral peninsula sextet The Coral. It’s hard to look beyond “Dreaming of You”—an absurdly catchy blast of kicking drums and rough-edged, lovesick harmonies—but there’s a strange unpredictability to this record’s most potent moments. From the frantic rum-swigging sea shanty that is “Skeleton Key” to the way “Simon Diamond” suddenly morphs from chanted pagan spookfest into slinky organ-driven groove, this is an album that gushes with a Mersey of ideas and nails the trick of sounding both timeless and newly minted.

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The Beachcomber

Why are there no reviews of this album? It's 2010. Man, I am from the future looking back on the Liverpool lads who look back to a time when Pirate Radio bombarded the Kingdom shores with music that frankly, sound a whole lot better than the stuff we hear today. The Coral use no auto tune or desire to impress you with their foot steps or how much wealth and possessions, possess. Instead they turn the time & tide and create something infinitely more valuable...heart & soul. This nod to the old scouse mersey beat of an era gone by is still refreshing today. The single "Dreaming of You" is hands down their "There She Goes" for those in the know. Every track on this album is filled with a clever ear to tones and timbers of musicians past and thrown into the pot and stirred with their own youthful busker energy. Like a bunch of bees buzzing around in their brains, the Coral simply have so many ideas going on you can see them trying to get them all out on tape. The shifting tempos. The jingle jangle. The harmonic hum. They want to show you something new, something old and something gold. Please, listen.

Wicked Good

Awesome album. Definitely has a early 60's feel to it. Feels like Mod music


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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