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The Invisible Invasion [CD]

The Coral Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deltasonic Records
  • ASIN: B000808YY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Sings The Mourning
2. Cripples Crown
3. So Long Ago
4. The Operator
5. A Warning To The Curious
6. In The Morning
7. Something Inside Of Me
8. Come Home
9. Far From The Crowd
10. Leaving Today
11. Arabian Sand
12. Late Afternoon

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The Invisible Invasion suggests something is rotten in the world of The Coral. Not quality-wise: this collection of vintage scouseadelica, spooked Mariachi stomp and creaking, dub-inflected garage clatter is at least as proficient and ideas-packed as their 2002 debut, and a damn sight better than the stripped-down, somewhat messy stopgap that was 2004’s Nightfreak And The Sons Of Becker.

Rather, the third full-length from this Hoylake sextet sees them steer their tattered galleon into darker waters, penning songs like "She Sings The Mourning" and "A Warning To The Curious" filled to the brim with bad vibes, an unhealthy preoccupation with death and disease, and guitar solos that coil and uncoil like a hat full of maggots. Sterling tunes aplenty, but in particular, frontman James Skelly stands out here, thanks to his evident delight for dark imagery both superstitious - "An open door on the 13th floor/Conspiracy on the corridor," goes "Cripples Crown" – and plain deranged: "Can you dance with the lepers in the madman’s house?" he barks, over and over, as "Arabian Sand" barrels to a bug-eyed close. --Louis Pattison

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THE CORAL The Invisible Invasion (2007 UK 12-track CD album - Produced by Geoff Barrow [Portishead] and Adrian Utley the Liverpool-based indie-folksterss 4th album explore modern rock music uncompromised and unlimited in vision as demonstratedon tracks such as the bluesy Cripples Crown the brooding country-funk of She Sings The Morning the twisted and swirling psychedelia of A Warning To The Curious and the zombified Arabian Sand including the instantly catchy single InThe Morning)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? Their best yet! 27 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The summery pop single 'In The Morning' is somewhat misleading as this album is, as you have probably read, their darkest yet. This is no bad thing, and psychedelic tracks such as 'The Operator' and 'Arabian Sand' stand out as high points of their entire career to date - the reviewers above who criticise the songwriting do not understand songwriting. The whole thing is cohesive, catchy (without being jarring) and nicely sinister. I actually skip over 'In The Morning' because it doesn't sit well with it's surrounding material, all of which is excellent.
A classic album of 2005.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good....but 2 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
The good news is that the coral are back on form. My faith in them was shaken by the slightly shoddy 'nightfreak' offering and i had fears they would continue this trend on the follow up album - but rest assured this is more like the coral we knew from their debut lp.
However the songs are definately darker than any previous release as can be seen from opening track 'she sings the mourning', a trend continued with 'a warning to the curious', and 'far from the crowd'. However thats not to say that the coral have lost their slightly mad side which was so evident on their self titled record, with 'the operator' being a prime example of musical oddity. There is less of the warm country sound that was heard on magic and medicine, with the exception of first single 'in the morning' and the lovely closing track which brings back memories of magic and medicines 'liezah'. My personal favourite track would have to be 'cripples crown', which has the slightly creepy undertone but still a strong melodic chorus.
The result of this is a quality sounding record with a nice mix of moods. However there is something missing from it which would lift it above the high standard set by the debut, which i think is possibly the abscence of a real stand out song or two, (such as 'dreamming of you', or 'i remember when'), with 'in the morning' being the only real candidate for a single. It is this fact that once youve listened to it you will have the memory of enjoiying hearing it, but will be able to recall little of what any of the songs sounded like. However i am perhaps judging it too fast as i have only owned it for a week and it hasnt had a chance to grow.
In conclusion this is a very good album, well worthy of purchase....but its dissapointing that it doesnt meet the standard they showed they were capable of with their debut.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warms up Nicely 20 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
As with all Coral albums, it takes me a few listens to genuinely appreciate how good the music is. 1st listen - sounds OK but a bit up and down; 2nd & 3rd listens - There's a few stand out tracks in there. After that it all seems to make sense and the whole ablum merges and flows. Reminds me of Rattus Norvegicus by The Stranglers in places ( particularly Arabian Sand)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good offering 21 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is much better than Nightfreak..., The Coral's mini-album. There is a real expansion of musical style here, as the boys show us they're more than one trick ponies.
So Long Ago has a skiffle feel to it, while Arabian Sand has a middle-eastern flair.
A real triumph for The Coral, and a must-buy for 2005!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great 14 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being used to the upbeat sound of their first two albums, and having steered clear of the critically panned "Nightfreak . . .", I was not expecting the darker sound of "The Invisible Invasion." At first I thought the album was mundane at best. However, after a few listens this album has really grown on me, and if you are a Coral fan I would recommend it, if not for three or four very good songs. Despite this, it is not their finest hour.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 4th album 25 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is a bit darker than previous coral releases but musically it is on a par with their second album (i.e. better than the 3rd, worse than the 1st). it has some fine moments. most noticeably 1st single "In the morning". Its a good effort and has some excellent tunes but doesnt break any new ground probably wont convert many new listeners.
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