The Coral – The Coral (2002)
I went to see American Hustle with my wonderful wife on the weekend. To quote Biff Tannen, “great flick, great friggin’ flick!”
For as long as I can remember, the previews have been a highlight of my cinema experience. Though an inordinate number of non-film-related commercials are now included before the ‘talking picture’ begins, it’s still well worth arriving early for the coming attractions.
One of the previews was for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. As she so often does, W summarized my thoughts exactly: “Looks like something I’d enjoy at home and then immediately forget.”
Conveniently, that line also applies to The Coral’s eponymous debut.
This 2002 release features psychedelic album art (that’s two in a row after Deee-Lite) and hints of older influences amid a solid early 2000s sound. With the same hometown & with the same producer (Ian Broudie) at the helm, critics were quick to compare The Zutons (another enjoyable if forgettable group of Liverpudlians) to this debut by The Coral.
Which is better? It’s looking like a case of six of one…