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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000RXYU60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Coral - Roots And 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 2005’s 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 can’t 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, there’s beautifully recorded excursions into classic soul ("Put The Sun Back"), acoustic-tinged bossa nova ("Not So Lonely"), and Doors-like organ jams ("She’s 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 who’ll choose now to jump ship, disappointed at the lack of piratical adventure, all in all it’ll be their loss. –-Louis Pattison

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By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the album I've been waiting for from The Coral. There have been some outstanding tracks before - most notably 'Dreaming of You', 'Goodbye', 'Pass it On' and 'In the Morning' - perhaps the biggest hint of what they were capable of came with the entire second album 'Magic and Medicine'. Anyway, they've finally delivered here. This is an absolute classic.

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'...
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The Coral are a band who seem to deny the existence of any decade of music beyond the 1960s, which - depending on your point of view is either a great or frustrating thing - and their last album 'The Invisible Invasion', as decent as it was, had left me growing slightly tired of their sound. This album, however, restores all faith in their ability as songwriters and musicians - it's a fantastic listen, full of vintage, top-class songs seeping with craftsmanship and quality.

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.
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...and this is it!

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.
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The Coral are one of the best bands out there today and this new one shows why. They always show you a new side to themselves. Don't listen to anyone who says this isn't as good as their previous albums because there's less chaos & upbeat songs. This has its own timeless sound, and displays classic songs that still sound fresh and have the lovely bizarre feel for which we love these gents. 4.5/5
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A: Hopefully everyone who likes listening to above average talent as this record proves to be.

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.
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I'm not bothered about whether this album is 'safe' or not, let's just enjoy some damn good music. The Coral have yet again produced an album of high quality, not only in terms of songwriting and musicianship but also of production. The Gallaghers' studio can be used again for me, and they should keep both Craig Silvey and Ian Broudie to twiddle the dials.

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.
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