The Coral – Distance In Between

It’s been six years since the last new Coral album, and after solo projects and archive releases, they’ve regrouped and are back, stronger than ever. Whatever they achieved on their own, they’ve clearly accepted that they work best as a group, and this is as good an album as I’ve heard so far this year. They’ve adopted a ‘do it in one take’ approach to recording, and why not? A band that’s played together for almost 20 years should have no trouble nailing a live performance, and it shows. Their songs have moved on from the jangly-joy of their early hits such as ‘Pass It On’ and ‘In The Morning’ and are none-the-worse for it. They still know how to put together excellent psychedelic-pop music, and tracks such as ‘White Bird’ could easily be mistaken for early Pink Floyd, but they have also broadened their appeal. ‘It’s You’ and ‘Fear Machine’ sees them muscling-in on the Arctic Monkeys’ territory and are just as listenable, but somehow you still know it’s The Coral. This album confirms, if anyone was in any doubt, that they are here to stay, and is a great endorsement of a talented and enduring group. MP 8/10

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