Roots & Echoes CD
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Roots & Echoes marks something of a change of scenery for The Coral. Not so long ago, it was all lepers, sea shanties, and lonely suicides round their ends, but this-the follow-up to 2005s The Invisible Invasion--tells quite a different tale. Recorded at Oasis home studio in Buckinghamshire at the personal request of the Brothers Gallagher, this record captures the band casting out much of the bad vibes and concentrating on making a warm, vintage-sounding record with classic appeal. Of course, they cant help throwing in the odd spot of heart-in-mouth high tragedy-"Remember Me", a fraught tale of a very one-sided love affair, concludes with a howl of guitar and a final spasm of drums as vocalist James Skelly discovers the girl he carries a torch for has a ring on her finger. Elsewhere, though, theres beautifully recorded excursions into classic soul ("Put The Sun Back"), acoustic-tinged bossa nova ("Not So Lonely"), and Doors-like organ jams ("Shes Got a Reason") which prove, as if there were any doubt, that this band have chops beyond the ability to bash out a ragged sea shanty or two. It is, in short, the sound of a more mature Coral, and while there are surely some fans wholl choose now to jump ship, disappointed at the lack of piratical adventure, all in all itll be their loss. -Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The same influences are on display here as before: Merseybeat, The Doors, Love, Them - this time around there is more than a passing nod to the Walker Brothers. But it's so much more than just a pastiche of their heroes. What they've done this time is to really focus on crafting a consistent collection of songs. And the result sounds really polished and timeless. The artwork gives it away really, harking back to the days when bands really worked on delivering albums rather than a couple of singles and a load of disposable tracks.
I'm sick of hearing about how many great bands there are around at the moment because there really aren't. It's a crime The Coral get overlooked in favour of pretty bland output from the likes of Razorlight or The Killers. But I have a feeling I know which band is going to stand the test of time, especially on the evidence of 'Roots and Echoes'. I can't recommend it highly enough. Check out 'Rebecca You', it's the best song I've heard since, well, since 'In the Morning'...
On 'Roots & Echoes', The Coral have controlled their excesses and tendency to throw in the odd sea-shanty or two and, instead, produced an album with shades of late 60's psych-pop reminiscent of The Zombies. In fact, has this album been released in 1968/1969, it would probably be talked about as a classic but, instead, it is compared alongside it's influences and the obvious charges of unoriginality and being derivative are, whilst perhaps valid, slightly frustrating given the fact that this really is brand new, well-written, fantastic music.
If anyone doubts the songwriting ability of The Coral, they should check out the dreamy 'Rebecca You', the catchy 'Who's Gonna Find Me' or the beautifully touching 'Not So Lonely'. In fact, this could quite easily lay claim to being The Coral's best album. It's certainly on a par with my previous favourite, 'Magic & Medicine' and the two albums certainly share similarities in terms of direction and consistency. There are no weak songs here, just track after track of soaring melodies performed with passion, pure love for music and the very aurally-pleasing acoustic, late 60s sound, with touches of organ, strings and wonder.
The Coral have always been influenced by Love, and it is even more in evidence here, especially with the superb Forever Changes-style rumbling drumming on "Remember Me" and "Rebecca You." The guitar freakout at the end of "She's Got A Reason" is also reminiscent of Johnny Echols on "A House Is Not A Motel." For an Arthur Lee fanatic like myself, this is as good as it gets!
I didn't think that they could better their excellent debut album, but this shows how they have matured immeasurably, with the musicianship on display quite simply breathtaking.
5 stars, no question.
The Coral seemed to disappear into the wilderness after the single release of 'The Invisible Invasion' from the album of the same name and, with only 2 single releases from that particular album, it seemed The Coral were fading from the public eye.
However, Roots and Echoes is their way back in. After a clever publicity stunt of supporting the ever popular Arctic Monkeys in the summer I hope this record gets the sales it deserves. Stand out tracks are 'Put The Sun Back', 'Rebecca You' and the first single release 'Who's Gonna Find Me?' and, in my personal opinion, there is not one weak track on the album.
Safe as one review suggests? Maybe. I would say this record sits nicely between being safe and being experimental...and it really works. A must buy.
James Skelly's vocals are his best yet, much more vitality and expression than on The Invsible Invasion but more mature and subtle than on the first two albums. I also like the string orchestration; it's a first for The Coral, but it adds extra depth and layering to the songs, particularly to Music at Night.
I honestly don't think there's a weak track on this album unlike some of its predecessors. Standouts for me are Put the Sun Back, Jacqueline and the awesome She's Got a Reason.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the corals lowest charting album at the time of release but it is my favourite album by them . Read morePublished 2 months ago by jason
Yet another excellent album from Merseyside's finest psychedelic pop purveyors.Published 23 months ago by Mr JM Begbie
I love the coral. They are a rare band and I wish they made more musicPublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by prog
Absolutely love The Coral not a back track on album.
I have now introduced a friend to this who loves it as much as I do
The Coral have really found their sound on this album. By far the finest piece of work they have produced to date. A classic.Published on 18 July 2008 by Tony
The Coral's fourth full length album starts very well with the fantastic light psychedelia of lead single Who's Gonna Find Me. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2008 by Greg Farefield-Rose
Not being a huge Coral fan, I was blown away by 'Who's gonna find me' which (I think) they performed on the Friday Night Project. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2007 by Robert James
I've waited two years for another release from The Coral and it was well worth it. Not a bad track on the album - this band really do write & perform proper songs and this is... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2007 by John F. Doyle
This is a fantastic album. There's just not a bad song on it, and, contrary to an earlier reviewer, I find that the more I listen to it the more depth I find and the more I love... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2007 by Pete