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Many Influences Distilled into The Coral's Own Fine Sound
on 25 July 2010
When you've been listening to bands for 50 years you might be forgiven for saying of a current band `Ah reminds me of....' Or `Influences from ....' And so forth. Now that doesn't mean the band in question are copying or unoriginal, in my book it means either `Yeah very nice but I've heard it all before' or `Carrying on the tradition in their own way...'
So I'm new to The Coral, and I'm judging an album and not a band, though on the basis of listen to `Butterfly House' I think I might have to do some investing in their earlier work.
The first impression I had was of a band using the UK folk tradition merging in with electric guitar rock, songs of relationships and landscapes framed in stories, voice not drowned out by music, merging nicely together. Then there are echoes of the sort of work produced by the US 1960's band the Byrds in their first four albums, particularly in `Two Faces' though The Coral have an easier more rhythmic way, I'd put that down to being a more stable and focused outfit.
OK I'm going to stop rambling on about comparisons in case I do this band a disservice by suggesting they've just hung about and copied. They've obviously worked hard at forming their own sound, lyrical guitar work complimented by a keyboard moving in and out of the music, clear and easy to relate to intelligent lyrics (which means they an't heavy in metaphor and cod-metaphysics) and very worthy harmonies. This is band not afraid to break the pattern either, nice guitars break in `1000 years' and `North Parade'.
This is a band I wish we'd had around in the late 1960s before UK music sort of slipped into indulgent solos, obscure lyrics and concept albums, they might well have shaken up the scene into getting back to clarity and music for listeners.
My only regret, I didn't buy the limited edition album.
So folk of a `certain age' here's a band carrying on the finer traditions and honing them to their own style- well worth having.