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A bit too lightweight,
This review is from: Roots & Echoes (Audio CD)
The Coral's fourth full length album starts very well with the fantastic light psychedelia of lead single Who's Gonna Find Me. With its strong melody, harmonies and chord changes, it's difficult to think of a better song released in 2007. Sadly the same can't be said of much of what follows on Roots & Echoes.
The main problem with R&E is the dominance of lightweight, early 60s influenced pop with sugary melodies and sentiment. The incredibly catchy Jacqueline is fine as a one-off but we don't need another three or four songs in the same vein, songs that I could even imagine being performed by a young Cliff Richard...
The pre-dominance of polite, skiffle-y pop therefore lets the album down though fortunately there are some better moments. The more distorted In The Rain and the outro to She's Got A Reason offer some welcome rocky respite and the shuffly, atmospheric closer Music At Night is excellent.
Overall Roots & Echoes is still a good album - it's just a shame that it's not quite as excellent as its three predecessor. (Too) tastefully performed, it's a worthwhile purchase for Coral fans though probably not the best introduction for newcomers to this normally slightly weird and very wonderful band.