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The Coral

The Coral

2002

The Coral

Album Summary

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Rating

3.11

Votes

4203

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

Jesus, the bar must have been set lower than I thought for what constitutes the top 1,001 albums of all time

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Nothing great about this album . Not terrible but not memorable in the least

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

It's 2002. Rock is back again baby! Here comes another "The" band ready to ride the hype train with a fresh take on an aging genre. But what comes next is more than unexpected, it's sea shanties. It's polka, reggae, klezmer, and punk. It's not very good. It's The Coral. Their name evokes tropical seas. They are a pirates, sailing from foreign land to foreign land, stealing the unique musical riches of each country, pillaging the local harvest, and shitting it all onto a record. D Postscript: In my ever-increasing musical nationalism I'll point out that these dudes are British, talented, likely white, and possibly tone deaf to the fact they're "borrowing" music from the queen's former colonies

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

My first 5 from something I've never heard a lick about beforehand. Very enjoyable psych-influenced indie, with a little polka and ska for good measure.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I was really surprised that there was a band that was prolific, part of the early 2000's rock revival, and enjoyable to listen to that I had never heard of. These guys really felt unique amongst many of their peers, and I see why they made this list, even though either I am just ignorant of they didn't achieve nearly the fame of bands like The White Stripes or The Strokes. My Personal Enjoyment: 4/5 Did it belong on this list: 4.5/5

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

starting to dread hitting my submit button and seeing the random ass band I definitely do not need to hear before I die

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Fri Aug 13 2021
1

The algorithm is in a foul mood. The only explanation for this appearing on the list is for everyone to hear what a horrible album sounds like. It turns out this album WAS bumped off the list on the latest edition, a wrong that I hope this generator corrects as well. Perhaps this band got better with future albums, but I don't intend to test that possibility. There are parts of a lot of songs that sound great, only to suddenly veer off into an annoying direction. I'm going to want those 34 minutes and 32 seconds back before I die. What a snooze.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

I had heard one song from this, and always liked it. Turns out the rest of the album is even better. I love this! It's an easy listen, fun, melodic, and rocks out. I wasn't expecting this to be so good. A very nice surprise.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

This is a weird album, and I kind of love it. The opening track, "Spanish Main", is definitely my favorite: it's a psychedelic rock sea shanty, and I would listen to a whole album of songs like it. Unfortunately, this album is not that and the rest of it is more of a psychedelic folk rock album. Still, the highlights of this album more than make up for the lowlights and it's well worth checking out for anybody who wants to hear some stuff they've never heard before

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Never heard this - like Gomez and burning spear fronted by a rabbi

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Tue Aug 10 2021
2

Really surprised this is in the list

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

Wow, that was a real piece of shit. Why the fuck is this on the list? Are the Coral like the genreless Ween band of the UK? Good musicians who don’t have any taste. They mashed up tons of my least favorite, annoying experimental genre rock: Gogol Bordello, Ska, Arctic Monkeys and Nick Cave. There’s a couple of moments, moments, where there’s some very Oh Sees inflected guitar effects, maybe they were an influence. Maybe they deserve credit for that? I hated this album. Wish I could give it a Zero. All that after I was excited by the album cover. Yuck.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
1

Wasn't a fan. 1/5 stars.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

I had heard one song from this, and always liked it. Turns out the rest of the album is even better. I love this! It's an easy listen, fun, melodic, and rocks out. I wasn't expecting this to be so good. A very nice surprise.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Never heard of this band before but love their sound. Cant wait to listen to more of their music!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

5/5

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Dope Psychedelia. Would probably be a 9/10, but a lot of the early songs squarely place this in a 5.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Made me want to cry in bed. A+ original and interesting.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

No los conocía. Están entretenidos.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

One of my favorite albums in high school.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Bwoah

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Wow, fell in love during the first couple of songs

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Love it Beatles-esque. Very mod and jangly.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

Super assured retro psych/Brit beat debut

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

dreaming of you gives me joy. other songs are mehh tho but generally love this genre

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Not the type of music I'd actively seek out to listen to but was surprisingly enjoyable and catchy!

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Tue May 11 2021
4

More unknown brits bringing the solid rock and roll

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Mon May 17 2021
4

An enjoyable blast from the past!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

They have character

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Some really interesting vibes. I had never heard this ever before

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

nice one

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

I really liked this record! Sort outlaw, or pirate

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

I was there when Dreaming of you became a hit, I thought they were good but had never fully heard this album until now, it’s quite good

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

"Dreaming of you" can't be this old... A few other great songs too.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Liked it but can't really remember any songs off of it. I guess these are like the Beatles but they're MODERN BEATLES which just makes them Uninteresting Beatles.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Es como un poco country - rock. Está bien.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

I started this album expecting something like any mid-2000 indie rock, so, I wasn't expecting too much. However, this is a very nice album, with fewer cliches and some good songs. Nothing spectacular, but a nice album.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

I didn’t know the artist. I’m a fan of the really guitar-heavy music so this was a good fit for me. Few specific songs stuck out but i enjoyed it holistically and I’d like to listen again.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Liked it a lot. will definitely listen again

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Liked it.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

If Syd Barret era Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones had a baby that was raised by the rest of the 60's, you would have this album.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Oh dreaming of you ist cool. Den Rest entdecke ich gerade erst und dieser 60ies sound gefällt mir.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Psychedelic birtish rock... Punk ish Playlist songs: I remember when Dreaming of you Goodbye

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. Had no expectations and it was great

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Mon May 31 2021
4

First time listening: 9/11 songs liked It's like a modern version of The Doors, in the best way! Some songs feel very ska like too, that may just be a bias of mine for being in a ska band. Enjoyable! 2 songs saves

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

This album is weird in the good way. I quite like the lead singer’s voice. Give me some bass-led songs with harmonies and I’m in! Dreaming Of You is the highlight of the album for me. There are other good songs too like I Remember When, Shadows Fool, and Goodbye. The lyrics do get a bit repetitive sometimes and the last track is a bit slow for my taste. It sorta feels like they ran out of steam at the end. This album was on the original 1001 list and supposedly was removed by the 2018 edition. I guess we are working off the old list? I am thankful it was still generated for us.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Never heard of them and really enjoyed.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Excellent opening, let's see if it continues in this vein.... So far, so good.... Looking for it now on Discogs!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Really liking their sound. Some special songs here, "Dreaming of You," "Waiting for the Heartaches." Really strong album. It seems like they are super talented, they know who they are as a band, and they are just having fun with it.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Album cover looks like.... I just don't know. There's only 1 R in Coral so it can't be corral, which would have made more sense. Indie rock maybe? It is a "the" band with no real sense in the name... Ok it's jokey early 00s indie, with like a rockabilly flavour. I normally hate that shit but I really liked this against all odds and want to rate it highly. It's worth noting that I had a migraine yesterday and I still feel like I have some kind of brain fog. But this is album is fun through the haze. 4/5.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Kind of a neat record with a wide variety of instruments. "Dreaming of You" is one of those songs you've heard a hundred times without knowing the origin. Lots of pulse to this one. Favorite tracks: "Waiting for the Heartaches", "Bad Man"

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Sun Nov 29 2020
3

Nice

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Again, kinda standard. Good though, would listen again for a chill time

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

coral e tal

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

interesting but nothing great or want to listen to again

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Fav Song: Goodbye

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

I was really excited for this one but it never quite got to where I was hoping it would. Just not quite as listenable as I like my weird rock.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

I like the coral. You forget some of the classic they knocked out.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

They had a good sound. Dreaming of you takes me back to 1st year in college.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Tiny hint of Ska-ness that i didn't like but overall nice nice. Kind of psych in parts especially in Goodbye, Bad Man and Skeleton Key and he's got a bit of a Jim Morrison voice sometimes. Can here some Zutons in there as well.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

It was great! but not too memorable.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Nice but not spectacular

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

so good! but like 2-3 solid songs

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Interesting. I enjoyed this

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

I didn’t mind the sound of this one, but I didn’t find it particularly memorable. It’s almost got a little bit of a 60s sound on some of the tracks, but a definite 90s sound on others.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Throw-back, but still fresh.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Pirate music.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Not too bad. It has one song that sounds like it was recorded in 1965.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

3

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

nice Album, nice music

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

eh

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

good album - a lot of variation between songs and very nice songs indeed. good album overall

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

I enjoyed this one. ***

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

A unique blend of styles that works well for the most part. Everything ranges from okay to good, but fails to be consistently great. Points for novelty and a few diamonds in the rough.3/5

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Не слишком большой фанат Корал, хотя и бывал на их концерте.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Superb English late 90's rock album, from a band I had never heard of. All of the tracks were entertaining and a few were easy hits! Great album and band!

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

generic rock that is kinda good, if i relisten i might add songs to playlist

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Some really great stuff but also some really bad stuff. In the end, it comes out in a wash to produce a very middling album

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

I don't even know what genre this is. Supposedly psychedelic. I wasn't listening that closely but nothing grabbed me. Wasn't bad either.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

not terrible but also not the best

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I feel like someone took a bunch of music that I like, chopped it into jigsaw pieces, and then put it back together randomly. Too disjointed for me to really get into, the album was bookended by some songs with lyrics that were pretty terrible, but I enjoyed dreaming of you.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

“Dabble-do, woo ooh, dabble-do, woo ooh…” The Coral is all over the place, and not in a good way. Just when you think there’s something you like (and there’s definitely some strong potential), they pull a 180 and switch genres mid-song or bollocks it up with a lousy lyric. “Dreaming of You” and “Goodbye” were pretty decent, but “Shadows Fall” and the “yabble-dabble doing” of “Simon Diamond” really brought this down for me. And lest we forget: “Calendars Clocks and hickory docks (tick tock) Calendars Clocks and hickory docks (tick tock) Yeah Calendars Clocks and hickory docks (tick tock)” A 3… just barely. So close to a 2 because of some of its worse bits.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Yeah I haven’t actually listened to it yet.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

overall thoughts: imma be honest, not the biggest fan of sea-shanties or sea-shanty influenced music. the only tracks I really enjoyed were dreaming of you & goodbye. but even then I dunno if I'd come back to em. these tracks weren't terrible tho, just not my vibe. 3/5.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Liked "Dreaming of You". Worth a relisten.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

"Weel set sail ageeen" WTF is that...? Musically, I dig The Coral but the accents kill the rest of it for me. British bands that embellish or feign American accents are like putting on deodorant when you should just take a shower... we can still smell you and it's not good. Chances are that even if you're 100% authentic I still won't dig you. Case in point, Arctic Monkeys, great music, but then Alex Turner and his syrupy British voice ruins it. Anyhow, The Coral is a band I totally missed, there's some decent stuff on this album and after that first track, it sails. Sure there are some errant tambourines but some great hooks. Dreaming of You sounds familiar and judging by the number of plays on Spotify it's included in some soundtrack, rightfully so. The song cooks with a great bass line intro and organ. Other successful experimentation can be found on Wildfire with the xylophone and maracas. After two solid listens, I'm interested to check out some of their other work, but this album's gotta find a home somewhere else.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

Not my cup of tea

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

I cannot place this band at ALL. I don't love it but I certainly don't hate it either.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

I enjoyed the instrumentation more than the vocals/lyrics. Interesting tempo changes, so it wasn't boring at least. But not my thing.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Would this be considered part of the post-punk revival bands of the early 2000's? I can't say for certain, but what I do know is that they have some great songs on here. It's all loud and rockin' and differentiated. I can't help but feel there's a weird gap in quality here, not sure where but it's holding the album back. Either way, I appreciate the energy.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

felt like it was trying to hard to hit all of the sounds it did. it was ok enough to listen to but i don't see the point in coming back to it when i'm sure other people have done this sound better.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Like modest mouse but not as good

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

For being a genre I listen to quite a bit, this “indie rock” release is... not my jam. 2 stars

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Watered down coldplay with a reggae twist? Was interesting listening to this back to back with a rush of blood to the head...

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

The Coral. I actually own this album, and I remember it primarily for their vocal harmonies and "Dreaming of you" as a big song in my world. To the point I bought this album I think because of the strength of that song. It's a decent British rock/pop album from the early 2000s. I've always been a fan of British rock and it reminds me of the band British Sea Power. Where they had a great song and I went all in. But this album right here does not hold up for me. I think it should be taken off this list. It brought some nostalgia this morning, and it's pleasant sounding enough, but this will be the last time I purposely listen to it.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

A cacophony. Last track was fairly decent though.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

I liked the music, but wasn’t fond of the lead vocalist or the lyrics.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
2

I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. They seem to be all over the place with their narratives and their music. Each song is almost from a separate genre with little cohesion between them. The songs themselves aren't terrible but there doesn't seem to be any sort of identity for this band. They jump from one style to the next never offering a full narrative to be emersed in. It seems like each song was create with little regard to the others on the album.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Okay album and completely memorable

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

fun at first, but this one really dropped off. it just got kinda boring.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

The alternative side plays okay at times, but the psychedelic takes over a bit too much to want to listen to it again. Definitely takes a dive towards the end.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

An interesting mix of rock and... idk... kind of like... sea chanties? I'm kind of here for it. Before I started listening to all these albums, I used to think that the British were good at music, but now I'm starting to realize that they just make a lot of mediocre music that the whole world eats up for some reason apparently.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

I remember living ‘Goodbye’ back when it was released, and it gave me a chortle. The rest of the album is a bit lost in weird ska/carnival/rockabilly weirdness

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

'Dreaming of you' was a solid track, but there was way better music that came out in 2002. Come onnnnn

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Probably had it's time and place. Nothing really unique in it for me.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Very quirky, they sounded like it was fun to produce/record.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
2

Eponimowy albumik grupy koralowej, wczesne lata 2k0, wyspy brytowe, pierwsze skojarzenie to muzyka radiowa z hispsterskiej stacji, kawalki nie sa nieprzyjemne dla ucha, mieszcza sie w czasie 2-3 minut grania antenowego, wiec muzyka ktora ma byc popowym rockiem lub rockowym popem z nuta psychodelicznego klimatu, choc wiki okresla go jako indi rock neopsychodeliczny, wiec calkiem blisko tego grze ja go rzucilem, nazwa zespolu jest bardzo nieprzypadkowa, bo wydaje mi sie ze morskie klimaty sa spoiwem lirycznym plyty, zaczyna sie kawalkiem spanish main, sa pozegnaniowe songi, szkieletowo skarbowe, czyli zycie marynarskie pelna geba, jakby sie uprzec to nawet motywy instrumentalne z szantow by mozna bylo wylapac, na plejke leci dreamin of you i wildfire

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Part of that mid-00's indie rock that I really don't like I'm afraid.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

Not really my thing, every song was the same and basically young adult singalongs

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Meh. Didn't hook me but fine to listen to.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Really wanted this to be better than I remembered but it wasn’t. 2 seems harsh but it’s not a 3!

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

fuck english people

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Sonido setentero. Rock tipo LOVE. Psicodélico

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Mon Mar 15 2021
2

Just alright.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

Not great retro-rock. Prefer much more Tame Impala and Motorpsycho.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Based on the description in Apple Music ("...this eponymous debut from psychedelic Wirral peninsula sextet...") I expected something much different. This was more up-front and brash than I'd expected, and of course nothing at all wrong about that. There's a strong musical ability throughout each of these songs, demonstrated by excellent arrangement among the instrumentation and layered vocals. Unfortunately the end-result to me is that it sort of bashes me over the head without much in the way of memorable songs, or anything I can sink my teeth into. Rhythms end up as a wash of UK-white-raga that doesn't stick out as unique or catchy. I'd not heard of this band and can see they have quite a decent discography so perhaps they've developed songwriting past the first impressive attempt, but in the end this isn't for me.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

Apart from Dreaming of You, I found everything else quite dull. Sorry.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Not my thing. Kind of drifted off while listening. Could be I'm just tired but I also don't find this very compelling. As usual, it is mostly due to a distaste for the vocal style. This sort of sounds like it is a from a musical to me. There's this sense of a forced theatricality to it.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
2

AVR. 5.6 TOP 3: 1. Waiting for The Heartaches (+6.1) 2. Dreaming of You (+6) 3. Goodbye (+5.9) TRACKLIST 1. Spanish Main (+5) 2. I Remember When (+5.6) 3. Shadows Fall (+5.7) 4. Dreaming of You (+6) 5. Simon Diamond (+5.7) 6. Goodbye (+5.9) 7. Waiting for The Heartaches (+6.1) 8. Skeleton Key (+4.8) 9. Wildfire (+5.5) 10. Bad Man (+5.9) 11. Calendars and Clocks (+5.2)

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Tue Aug 03 2021
2

Nice 60's feel to it, free love and all that. Lyrics are a bit simple for me. It had a few tracks i really enjoyed but on the whole it was not a keeper

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

I have already begun to forget this album. I don't think it's bad in a technical way, it just doesn't work for me.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
1

This album is garbage. The lyrics sucked, the music sucked, and I hated it.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
1

The Coral's debut album isn't absolutely horrible. There is a bare level of musical competence, which is to say that the members can sort of play their instruments and sing, which isn't guaranteed these days. I appreciate their attempt at tonal and stylistic variety, drawing from mostly genres prevalent in the 70s, a little garage here, a little psych there, a little ska over there. But they have absolutely nothing to add, they're vapid, and they don't approach the effectiveness of any of their influences. How bad is it? I'd rather listen to a random Paul Revere and the Raiders or Bachman Turner Overdrive album.

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Tue Feb 02 2021

Ok classic rock

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