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Coral Island

The Coral

Coral Island

Tenth album from the Merseyside indie rock five-piece is a double and features Ian and James Skelly's grandfather Ian Murray as narrator

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Run On Records / Modern Sky UK
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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    They have deservedly thrown any caution to the wind and produced a true, modern masterpiece with Coral Island. It sounds like an album they have always wanted to make and truly enjoyed the ride
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    An extraordinary double album that staggers with its consistency
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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    At the end of their second decade, The Coral have released the best album of their career
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  4. 9.0 |   All Music

    Coral Island is the band at their best, effortlessly conjuring up the glorious ghosts of rock & roll's past and turning those sounds into something timeless and instantly rewarding at once
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The fairground setting suggests Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, relocated to the Wirral
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    This bold and nostalgic double album from the legendary Merseyside indie experimentalists features their most adventurous writing so far
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  7. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Dripping with new ideas, fresh sounds + overall masterful creativity
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Nostalgic without bitterness or regret, the melodies pour out of this double album themed around the titular resort
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    While Coral Island’s concept is unusually robust — some formats come with a delightful 196-page book by Power that fills in more of the stories — it’s the melodic strength of its 15 ‘proper’ songs that’s the real mindblower. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A visit to Coral Island elicits the intangible pull of a place in time etched forever in the mind. Roll up, roll up
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An occasional change of pace might be welcome, but the craftsmanship is beyond reproach; swings, yes, but those roundabouts. Print edition only

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