What does it sound like?:
The Coral’s first album came out 20 years ago. And a fine album it is. After this, and over the next 8 albums, The Coral went about their business with quiet consistency, and whilst perhaps not receiving untold riches or high profile interviews in the music press, there really is very much to like in their catalogue. Phase 1 of their career was closed out by 2008’s ‘Singles Collection’. 1 more album came before a 4 / 5 year hiatus which was broken in 2016.
And now they’re back again with a double concept album titled “Coral Island”. Except … it isn’t really a double album (done and dusted in under an hour!) more two companion albums telling 2 sides of a story. And it isn’t really a concept album – there is a theme and outline narrative (best explained in the accompanying book), but no underlying story, main characters, or narrative conclusion.
Coral Island is an imagined seaside resort, and the album is split into 2 parts telling the story Summer point of view when the place is buzzing with incomers (Part 1: Welcome To Coral Island) and then looks at the town » Continue Reading.