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This review is from: Magic and Medicine (Audio CD)
Take a dip into Liverpudlian eccentricity with The Coral and their second album ‘Magic And Medicine’. The prolific scousers have produced the goods again but on this occasion the hit of the album is not quite as immediate as the debut and this album will take several listens to fully envelop you in its whirlwind of psychedelic mirth.
The Coral have risen to the surface for a number of reasons. What separates them from the profusion of recent talent to emerge from Liverpool are the Lennonesque vocals of James Skelly that deliver deft, tender lyrics with a soothing warmth (“Liezah,” “Eskimo Lament”). Conversely, the more up tempo the music gets the more throaty the voice is and the more it resonates (“Milkwood Blues,” “Pass It On”). You can’t replace vocal talent and The Coral profit as a result.
Another reason that The Coral are so loveable is the utter strangeness of the majority of the songs. The dreamy, stoned lyrics and authentic 60’s instrumentation will fool you into thinking that The Coral are a band from that era and there a certainly are few nodded heads in the direction of The Yardbirds and The Small Faces. The music is, for want of a less boring expression, organic - if feels as though it was produced in your living room. All the tracks are textured in warm, earthy traditional layers of home-grown sound and coupled with Skelly’s vocals make for really pleasurable repeat listening.
Take The Coral to your hearts for here is a distinctly marvellous, if slightly potty, talent.