The Coral’s fourth album, The Invisible Invasion, might cause American fans to think twice about the band’s musical promise.
Unless fans are regular listeners of indie Internet radio stations such as Woxy.com or Kexp.org, then they might not have had the pleasure of hearing the music of The Coral. The band is seven lads from Northern England, and the boys are creating music that crosses over many borders and genres.
The first track on the album, “She Sings The Morning,” makes use of influential sounds of the ’70s, particularly The Doors. This is fueled by both the low, sultry voice of singer and guitar player James Skelly, who channels Jim Morrison, and the fast-paced organ played by Nick Powers.
The band makes a refreshing change in the next song by diving into a minor key.
The fifth song, “A Warning To The Curious,” surfs on guitar riffs that give off a ’50s beach-baby vibe with the occasional falsetto vocal.
By mid-album, listeners hit the band’s first single, titled “In The Morning.” The formulaic structure combined with a nearly overproduced sound makes it unquestionably the band’s most radio-friendly track.
On its biography, The Coral describes its music and lyrics as being derived from elements within popular culture, history books and music by bands such as Muse and Oasis, in addition to older classics such as The Doors and Bob Marley. Storytelling, which is similar to the style of Jim Morrison, and making references to cryptic places such as “Cripple’s Crown” are not uncommon habits for this band.
Unlike its first major release, a self-titled album that was adolescent in quality and lacked musical cohesion, The Invisible Invasion is proof that the band has come into its own and is developing music that howls creativity and showcases musical growth. The members of The Coral have expanded their musical prowess and are content on breaking all the rules.
Skelly lives by the motto, “The way I think of making music is that it has no rules. If it sounds good, it is good,” according to the biography on the band’s Web site.
The Invisible Invasion takes listeners on a musical journey. By the album’s end, they are willing to do it all over again tomorrow.