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The Coral - The Curse Of Love Album Review


Eight years is a long time in music and plenty of time for it to become dated, but that's not stopping The Coral from releasing their not-so-new album 'The Curse Of Love'. This "lost album" has finally risen from the ashes and James Skelly seems excited to unleash it upon us.

The Coral - The Curse Of Love Album Review

You have to admire The Coral for having the bottle to newly release something that was recorded eight years ago, but then again, somehow it feels like the perfect story for this band; these guys just seem to think outside of the box in everything they do and this is just the icing on the cake.

'The Curse of Love (Part 1)' and '(Part 2)' is a perfect and yet frustrating intervention that bookend the album. Why frustrating? Well, just as you get into the mad noises that come from this band the song just cuts dead; there's silence, and then prematurely into the next track. 'Wrapped in Blue' follows and The Coral show that they have found the happy medium between the chilled out and mad sounds coming from every direction. In this they seem to have found discipline in their music, but the problem there is that it was the lack of discipline and total madness that made The Coral so unique in the first place.

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Influential Liverpool Music Mogul Alan Wills Dies Following Cycling Accident


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Alan Wills – who signed The Coral and The Zutons amongst other famous Liverpool bands under one of the city's biggest record labels, Deltasonic – has died tragically following a cycling accident. Before starting his visionary label he was the drummer with Liverpool bands Shack and Top. 

The CoralThe Coral performing at Liverpool university back in 2010

He passed last night (Sunday May 11) following serious head injuries sustained in a road accident. Having worked with The Coral and their six albums, Wills formed personaly and business relationships with the Zutons, The Dead 60s, The Little Flames, The Rascals, The Basement, Candie Payne, The Longcut and The Suzukis, The Sand Band, The Tigerpicks and The Dirty Rivers, becoming one of the city’s most renown music figures. 

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Picture - Lo Bosworth Brentwood, California, Friday 15th January 2010

Lo Bosworth and The Coral Friday 15th January 2010 filming a scene for her TV show, 'The Hills' at The Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood Brentwood, California

Picture - The Coral Tree Cafe in... Brentwood, California, Friday 15th January 2010

The Coral Friday 15th January 2010 The Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood where a scene for the TV show, 'The Hills' was filmed Brentwood, California

Picture - Stephanie Pratt Brentwood, California, Friday 15th January 2010

Stephanie Pratt and The Coral Friday 15th January 2010 filming a scene for her TV show, 'The Hills' at The Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood Brentwood, California

The Coral, Singles Collection Mysteries and Rarities Album Review


Album Review of 'Singles Collection Mysteries and Rarities' released through Deltasonic.

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The Coral, Nottingham Rock City, Live Review


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The Courteeners @ Nottingham Rock City
Monday 8th October
Live Review

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The Coral, Roots And Echoes, Album Review


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Roots And Echoes
Album Review

The band that gave us Dreaming Of You, Skeleton Key, Good Bye, Bill MaCai, Arabian Sands and In The Morning have finally returned. After being underground for so long The Coral have re-emerged from the depths of being forgotten. One of the hardest working bands going and with all the mentioned tracks probably one of the most underrated, the question is will that still be the case after the release of their new album Roots & Echoes?

So what do The Coral have to offer on their return, it seems that these guys have been around for ever, but with lead singer James Skelly (the oldest member) being at the ripe age of 26 you just know there is so much more too come from these guys.

Roots And Echoes is the new chapter into The Coral's ever-growing career, to be released 6th August 2007. What better way to kick off the album than with the fantastic first Single to come off the album, Who's Gonna Find Me. Typical Coral so much going on at once that you are unsure yourself what is going on, yet ever piece has been strategically paced to complete the jigsaw puzzle. In The Rain also gives off that typical Coral experience with the opening chords sounding like something from The Rolling Stones, upbeat and blasting every instrument out possible. This is what The Coral do best.

After chucking a few typical Coral sounds in The Coral take a whole new direction in the album with more mellow, heartfelt and sad songs. For the hardcore Coral fan this is where you might be a little disappointed. Cobwebs kick off with an acoustic guitar, and although Skelly's vocals are almost hypnotic it doesn't really hide the fact that there isn't a great deal to the song. We are then back to the girl's names in the shape of Rebecca You that again doesn't really stands out not like A Coral track should.

Musically these guys have still got it, with different things happening all at once, leaving you unable to realise what is really going on. It just seems that The Coral have gone for more tracks like Liza rather than the fabulous Calendars and Clocks or Goodbye etc. For the true Coral fan they will appreciate the album but inside, will be disappointed because when The Coral go for it, they don't know the meaning of holding back which is evident in their back catalogue. Sometimes we need to realise that bands evolve and rather than just play it safe, experiment a bit so hats off to The Coral.

James Skelly and gang don't get the recognition that they deserve, especially in the song-writing department. Although when you have the likes of Noel Gallagher and Alex Turner stating their love and appreciation for the band, that alone is the best recognition you could ask for. The only question is how will your guys react to the new stuff?

Mark Moore

4/5

The Coral, Who's Gonna Find Me, Single Review


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Who's Gonna Find Me
Single Review

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