Release Date: Aug 10, 2018
Record label: Ignition Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Though still in their 30s, The Coral are veterans of an indie scene that has changed out of all recognition since they started recording in the early noughties, with guitar bands going out of fashion. In fact, The Coral seemed to have run out of steam a while back. But in 2016 the release of Distance Inbetween, their first new album for six years, was a real return to form.
The Krautrock sensibility that offered The Coral a sniff at reinvention on 2016's 'Distance Inbetween' has faded a little for its follow-up, an album that has to work twice as hard to impress after the initial horror of its ghastly artwork. The unshakeably direct guitar licks of old are still there and James Skelly's vocals remain as warmly melodic as ever, but the elusive spark is largely absent. Songs like 'Love Or Solution' and 'Outside My Window' are middling plodders that sound like faded memories of finer moments of old.