|The Coral - The Invisible Invasion|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by John Sutton-Smith|
|Tuesday, 30 August 2005|
A long line of musical talent has emerged from the Mersey town of Liverpool, from the Fabs to Echo. More recently, the quite distinguished Coral, already much loved in their homeland, have permeated the alternative airwaves of America thanks to the new single "In The Morning," a shimmering and sparkly nugget from the band’s fourth album, The Invisible Invasion.
From one of a group of promising new U.K. pop bands, the inventive new album is a definite step up in both voice and vision for The Coral. The Liverpudlians toss in bits of Russian folk songs, sea shanties, jazz licks and slim guitar parts that sound like they came right off of old time blues records. Yet the effervescent “In The Morning,” “Cripple’s Crown” and the organ/guitar stomp of “Something Inside Of Me” all have a sense of irresistible, chart-friendly pop melody, along with an engaging mix of angst and earnestness.
The Coral seem to have re-invented themselves in one sense, creating a focus and a coherent sound that lends a real power to their songs, not always evident on their previous albums. The playful guitar sketches on “So Long Ago” and the melodic themes throughout the album reveal a band with a renewed discipline that seems to balance their artistic flamboyance.
Like every Liverpool band before them, The Coral owe much to the Town Fathers, aka The Beatles; their music has always been deeply infused with Sgt. Pepper’s '60s pop whimsy, and now it demonstrates an elegance to their songcraft and a sense that their powerful style and musical vision might now extend beyond the Mersey and to the world beyond.
The Invisible Invasion is a significant work that elevates The Coral to the forefront as one of Britain's most creative acts. It is a collection of seductive, mature and eloquent songs that confirms The Coral as a band of deep and lasting import.
It is clear that The Coral has graduated to another level of writing songs and making a record, from conceptualization to inventive production. Epic sounds settle comfortably beside stinging guitars, pumping organs, heavy echoing and tight riffs you'd expect from a vintage garage rock or old time blues band.