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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00BQEHRFA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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James Skelly & The Intenders have announced details of the release of their debut album. Love Undercover will be released through Skeleton Key Records on Monday June 3rd 2013. The 11-track self-produced album was recorded in the autumn of 2012 at Parr St studios in Liverpool. Following the release of the last Coral album, 2010's Butterfly House, Skelly retreated to their Wirral rehearsal studios with a revolving cast of characters including fellow Coral cohorts and members of the Sundowners and Tramp Attack to begin work on the record that would become Love Undercover. Recorded quickly, often in one or two live takes, the 11 short, sharp and instant pop songs of Love Undercover show a more direct and immediate approach. 'The Coral stuff was all a bit more abstract I guess,' says Skelly.'These songs are really direct, straight to the point.' Very much a 'band' effort, Love Undercover isn't merely an aside to his previous 'day job'.'The name is about letting people know it's not just me and an acoustic guitar,' Skelly says.'I had the songs, but it became a proper group thing very quickly with everyone involved having a big input. It's that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers idea.'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By testedonpencils on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
These days members of the Coral seem to be doing lots of work on side projects, perhaps using solo albums as a chance to bring in interesting collaborators and air material that might be at odds with their core sound. Not that that was particularly restrictive to begin with, they have always offered intriguing spin offs like the punky EP Nightfreak & The Sons Of Becker and the Butterfly House (Acoustic Version). But perhaps it's a sign of the group's creativity that there are too many ideas floating around for one band to adequately explore. Their former guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones has moved from soundtrack work to releasing regular albums, like If and A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, while drummer Ian Skelly recently gave us the psychedelic rock album Cut From A Star. Now we find Coral frontman James Skelly teaming with his brother Ian, as well as various members of the Sundowners and Tramp Attack for this collection of retro pop songs.

The vivd red cover depicts the man himself, playing his Rickenbacker 360, a guitar closely associated with the British invasion sound of the 60s. This gives a pretty good indication of what to expect. The tracks on this record feature snappy slapback echo vocals, a raw drum sound and production so stripped back it almost isn't there at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By colcon on 6 April 2015
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A great album from The Coral's frontman. James sets the controls for the heart of the 60s and 70s, summoning up an 'old school' poprock-meets-soul record.

You can play 'spot the influence' on nearly every track. So, we kick off with more than a nod to The Supremes on 'You've Got It All', followed by 'Do It Again' paying homage to Canned Heat's 'On The Road Again' & Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky'. For the next few tracks we go all Springsteen-meets-Southside Johnny-meets-Tom Petty, with special mention to 'Sacrifice' for shoehorning Paul Revere's 'Steppin Stone' into the chorus!

Patti Smith channeling Foreigner? You got it. Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay' waves hello in 'Turn Away' , whilst Brill Buildiing - era Carole King touches base with The Ronnettes for 'What A Day'. We get a touch of Tijuana brass and barrelhouse piano in 'I'm A Man'.

So, just a load of plagiarism? Well, no, it's all neatly woven together with Skelly's own ideas, to produce something familiar, yet exciting at the same time. There's nothing particularly original on display here, but it's lovingly crafted, and a really good listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack786 on 4 Jun. 2013
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Simply THE album of the year. From the momement the album starts the with the stopmpin you've got it all right through to the majestic Darkest Days this is a masterpiece from the UK's best song writer. Hats off to you James , this is a belter!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Murray on 4 Jun. 2013
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This album showcases the prolific writing skills of James Skelly. Each track invoking a variety of emotions. I love it especially Searching for the sun which has that Coral feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Anthony Brown on 29 Aug. 2013
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This is an excellent record from the Coral's lead singer and songwriter. To be honest it is the Coral minus their guitar player so it isn't that different to what they have previously done, but it is full of high tempo numbers and has a "60's soul" feel to it with sax and strings that really brings the music to life. If this is James Skelly's new direction count me in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluesky on 10 Jun. 2013
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This is a brilliant debut album. I am really looking forward to the next full Coral album and if this, following on from brother Ian Skelley's recent release is a sign of things to come, then the wait will be well worth it. From start to finish this is a great listen, brilliant new fresh songs with catchy retro sounds. This is not like a Coral album, though a few of the tracks would not be out of place if it was. This it is excellent in it's own right and showcases James Skelley's top song writing and vocals
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jed on 6 Jun. 2013
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This album is excellent. I love every track. Buy it, people! My favourite it I'm A Man. Well done to all of you, the guitar work is top notch and your harmonies are sublime.
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By FranticMartian on 28 Mar. 2015
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Have to say this doesn't match up to other reviews and certainly it's 'sub Coral' for me. I love Skelly's voice but this is old school bluesy rock by numbers, I'm afraid. Listened a few times but got bored of subconsciously knowing what the next chord is going to be. Too obvious, too run-of-the-mill.
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