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  • Vinyl (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B003NYNZ0W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. More Than a Lover
2. Roving Jewel
3. Walking in the Winter
4. Sandhills
5. Butterfly House
6. Green Is the Colour
7. Falling All Around You
8. Two Faces
9. She's Coming Around
10. 1000 Years
11. Coney Island
12. North Parade

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Fifth studio album by the English indie rock group. The album was produced by John Leckie and was released to high critical acclaim.

BBC Review

How many acts put out a collection of their Greatest Hits before slowly fading away into the annals of music history? It's something of a rhetorical question, of course, because said release has traditionally marked the creative death knell for a band.

In recent times Supergrass and Oasis spring most immediately to mind as pertinent examples of this phenomena. The Coral shared stages with them both, and when the Wirral quintet (née sextet) put out their fifth album–2007's fairly pedestrian Roots and Echoes–and followed it with a Singles Collection the following year, you'd have got decidedly speculative odds on them being the last band standing in 2010.

But you'd be quids in now: despite being a guitarist down (Bill Ryder-Jones departed after Roots and Echoes), they've regrouped admirably and made a comeback record that strives for, and indeed almost reaches, the dizzying heights of 2002's self-titled debut. With John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses) behind the desk, Butterfly House displays a focus and clarity that they've struggled to rediscover ever since their breakthrough. Crucially, too, it also sounds like they're enjoying themselves again.

Bookended by ominous Morricone-esque opener More Than a Lover (a track the band say was a watershed moment during recording) and ending on expansive, freak-out finale North Parade (After the Fair) (is that ringing opening chord a nod to A Hard Day's Night?), The Coral's sixth album doesn't look to reinvent their 60s-influenced sound as such, but it does harbour some of their better recorded moments–of which those are certainly two.

Elsewhere, Roving Jewel channels American jangle-poppers The Byrds with its quicksilver guitar lines and breezy harmonies; She's Coming Around showcases the band's playful side with nods to mariachi sounds and an unexpected double-time closing passage; and the title-track unwraps itself slowly with more glorious multi-part vocal lines before erupting in a sea of guitars.

They were never, ever going to astound us by delivering a math-rock or dubstep album as their comeback, but Butterfly House successfully arrests a worrying decline. And now they've got past the dreaded Greatest Hits phase, who'd bet against The Coral reaching a delightful dozen?

--Rob Webb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
When you've been listening to bands for 50 years you might be forgiven for saying of a current band `Ah reminds me of....' Or `Influences from ....' And so forth. Now that doesn't mean the band in question are copying or unoriginal, in my book it means either `Yeah very nice but I've heard it all before' or `Carrying on the tradition in their own way...'
So I'm new to The Coral, and I'm judging an album and not a band, though on the basis of listen to `Butterfly House' I think I might have to do some investing in their earlier work.
The first impression I had was of a band using the UK folk tradition merging in with electric guitar rock, songs of relationships and landscapes framed in stories, voice not drowned out by music, merging nicely together. Then there are echoes of the sort of work produced by the US 1960's band the Byrds in their first four albums, particularly in `Two Faces' though The Coral have an easier more rhythmic way, I'd put that down to being a more stable and focused outfit.
OK I'm going to stop rambling on about comparisons in case I do this band a disservice by suggesting they've just hung about and copied. They've obviously worked hard at forming their own sound, lyrical guitar work complimented by a keyboard moving in and out of the music, clear and easy to relate to intelligent lyrics (which means they an't heavy in metaphor and cod-metaphysics) and very worthy harmonies. This is band not afraid to break the pattern either, nice guitars break in `1000 years' and `North Parade'.
This is a band I wish we'd had around in the late 1960s before UK music sort of slipped into indulgent solos, obscure lyrics and concept albums, they might well have shaken up the scene into getting back to clarity and music for listeners.
My only regret, I didn't buy the limited edition album.
So folk of a `certain age' here's a band carrying on the finer traditions and honing them to their own style- well worth having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Henson on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Without doubt this is a band who in Butterfly House have found what they've been striving for.

They've succeeded in fusing late 60s American west coast whimsical sounds of the Byrds et al (and more recently Fleet Foxes and the Last Shadow Puppets) with their traditional Backbeat sound.

Interestingly, we also find Skelly with a similar tremor to Richard Ashcroft, which in itself seems to add another defined instrument to the ensemble.

Make no mistake though this is a Coral sound. For sure they've been influenced by previous genres I mean who doesn't like the Backbeat sound? but they have worked really hard at integrating it all plus some and not afraid to go left field with raging psychedelic bridges.

Yes you'll hear some familiar percussion sounds and chord changes and riffs, but it all hangs together more professionally, with purpose. I understand this took two years to produce and it shows.

Without repeating Rob Webbs intro, the bookends to this album really set the scene. Now, it's vital to say don't even think about putting this album on shuffle, its been skillfully crafted as a complete piece with very well defined movements, pivoting around the album title.

I don't want to isolate any particular track (they're all stunning) but personally I'm freaking out just how good North Parade is. For fans of Paul Wellers' solo work then this is the killer song Weller never made, but should of, but since splitting with Stevie White on drums will never accomplish since his arrogance has got worse with age, anyway I digress.

I'm not one to normally comment on or otherwise criticise other reviewers, at the end of the day music is very personal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love the Coral me. I was first made aware of them around the time of the Shadows Fall EP - ten years ago! - via the Shack message board. I've enjoyed the ride since and yes, like most bands, they've had their ups and downs, their highs and lows, but I must admit I thought we'd seen the best of them.

And then what do they do? Release this stonking album chock - yes chock! - full of beautiful harmonies and melodies.

The album itself is a wonder, it really is. Of course The Coral will always be labelled with the old "West Coast" tag and rightly so in some respects, but they're much more than a Scouse Byrds. The tunes and harmonies on here are really second to none and I haven't played an album on rotation so much since I bought "The Beautiful" by Hurrah! way back in 1989.

There are many highlights, the aforementioned "1000 Years", the beautiful "Green Is The Colour" and the killer first track "More Than A Lover". In fact, on first listen you don't think the next track can get any better, but it does, there really is absolutely no filler on here at all. They are the kind of songs that are so catchy that even after one listen they seem like old friends.

The albums is west coast, yes. And a little Byrds, a bit of Beatles and maybe just a light sprinkling of CS&N.

However, it's unmistakeably The Coral. Roll on the next album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Robertson on 10 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have all of their previous albums (they are all good albums full of well crafted songs). BUT...These guys have went a step further here, this whole album(after a couple of plays)just sticks in your sub-concious like a classic album should (I can't bear to take out of my car CD player!!). The melodies are fab and the playing is well up on their previous efforts. Just try "Walking in the Winter", "Green is the colour" or the superbly sublime "Falling all around you",the best song I've heard this year by a country mile! Buy it now (and their hits) pack and get totally Coral-led!
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