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|1. More Than a Lover|
|2. Roving Jewel|
|3. Walking in the Winter|
|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|
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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I brought this ages ago I really like it butterfly house fallin all about you really good music my nephew was impressed I had thisPublished 22 months ago by paul david hurst
First heard this about a year ago and been meaning to buy ever since - glad I did. The whole album has a summery, American west coast sound that evokes The Byrds, CSN, and Blue... Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2011 by Sputnik
It almost feels like sacrilege giving The Coral an average review but I just can't really get into this album. I thought their last one, Roots & Echoes, was tremendous. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2011 by Cuban Heel
One of the best Byrds influenced records I have ever heard: the Coral happily leap forward from their indie scouser beginnings to quality harmonies far better than the Flat Foxes,... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2011 by Justin Bounds
I thought their first album "The Coral" was excellent when I first came across their music around 4 years ago.After some ups and downs, this is a really interesting album. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2011 by Justin
Excellent service with good contact and quick delivery of well packed item.First time I've bought a coral's album and was unsure of what the full album would be like after only... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2011 by Greybeard23
I loved The Coral's earlier albums. Whilst the album is very professional it is somewaht forgettable. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2011 by Mr. A. H. Blyth
I was aware of The Coral and knew many of their songs but had not delved further into their music. I then happened to catch them live and was astounded at their harmonies, melodies... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2011 by JAA
My album of 2010. Great melodies, beautiful guitar and I can't stop playing it. The acoustic version is even better. Proper musicians on display here. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by Mark Richardson