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Roots & Echoes [Import]

The CoralAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deltasonic / Sbme
  • ASIN: B000RXYU60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who's Gonna Find Me
2. Remember Me
3. Put The Sun Back
4. Jacqueline
5. Fireflies
6. In The Rain
7. Not So Lonely
8. Cobwebs
9. Rebecca You
10. She's Got A Reason
11. Music At Night

Editorial Reviews

Roots & Echoes marks something of a change of scenery for The Coral. Not so long ago, it was all lepers, sea shanties, and lonely suicides round their ends, but this-–the follow-up to 2005’s The Invisible Invasion--tells quite a different tale. Recorded at Oasis’ home studio in Buckinghamshire at the personal request of the Brothers Gallagher, this record captures the band casting out much of the bad vibes and concentrating on making a warm, vintage-sounding record with classic appeal. Of course, they can’t help throwing in the odd spot of heart-in-mouth high tragedy-–"Remember Me", a fraught tale of a very one-sided love affair, concludes with a howl of guitar and a final spasm of drums as vocalist James Skelly discovers the girl he carries a torch for has a ring on her finger. Elsewhere, though, there’s beautifully recorded excursions into classic soul ("Put The Sun Back"), acoustic-tinged bossa nova ("Not So Lonely"), and Doors-like organ jams ("She’s Got a Reason") which prove, as if there were any doubt, that this band have chops beyond the ability to bash out a ragged sea shanty or two. It is, in short, the sound of a more mature Coral, and while there are surely some fans who’ll choose now to jump ship, disappointed at the lack of piratical adventure, all in all it’ll be their loss. –-Louis Pattison

Product Description

2007 album the eccentric Britpoppers. The album was recorded at Oasis EWheeler End Studios and produced by Craig Silvey (The Magic Numbers) during the opening months of 2007 and mixed in London throughout April. The Coral are one of the UK's most successful bands with eight Top 40 singles since their debut in 2001 The Coral find themselves as the possessors of four Top 5 albums at an age when many bands are still breaking through. Lead singer, James Skelly is the oldest member at just 26. The influence of The Coral on a generation of bands is hard to overstate, they returned the art of British Pop song writing to the charts and gathered influential fans along the way. One being Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys who has invited the band to support them on their European tour this summer and Lancashire County Cricket Ground shows. Columbia.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet! February 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of UK indie rockers The Coral, since their eponymous debut. "Roots and echoes" is their fourth studio CD (fifth, if you count 2003's "Nightfreaks and the sons of Becker"), and I must say, it's their best CD yet!

Their sound has always been a mix of folk, sixties psychedelia and pop, and this is no different. Every song is brilliant; "Who's gonna find me" and the melodic "Jaqueline" (both bouncy, songs with a Motown feel), "Remember me" (jangly guitars, bouncy beat, and creepy effects), the similar "In the rain", the country tinged trio of "Put the sun back", and the bouncier "Cobwebs" and "Music at night" are the more upbeat songs.

For ballads, we get the aptly titled "Fireflies" which is such a lovely psychedelic sounding ballad. "Not so lonely" is an acoustic, sixties sounding ballad with an aching vocal delivery. Similar is the slightly more upbeat "Rebecca you", and the lovely "She's got a reason".

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for "The Coral" September 2, 2007
By Tanis
Format:Audio CD
This fourth album from the Liverpool septet is their most accomplished yet. It's confident and self-assured and the ramshackle sea-shanty element found on previous albums is gone. It feels like 1967, not 2007. Put The Sun Back is full of nostalgia and frontman James Skelly hits the right notes with his Roy Orbison-like croon on Not So Lonely.
Jacqueline is a super pop tune and Cobwebs is a light-hearted and country-esque. There are darker elements too, on In The Rain, in which James Skelly says he's, "a stranger in this life/haunted by yesterday's desires".
It's a warm, engaging album tinged with just the right amount of roughness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polished and a proper progression August 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Original as always. Not a single weak spot on the record. Not the music it self but this album reminds me of how Doves capture their fans.. The first few listens almost leave you wanting and expecting more. But the more you listen to it the better it sounds and the more you appreciate the beauty of their craft. The only negatives are the fact that most of the songs are 3:30 minute songs without much tempo changes... Personally I think it blends together the beginning Coral and the new sound perfectly. Which in turn should invite a new fan base and please the already. I have 4,000 plus songs on my computer and find it very difficult to find a band as unique and identifiable as The Coral in today's hipster/scenester madness music craze. Groups like Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Interpol, et cetera will be around for less than a decade and I think most music fans are finding their stuff to be tired and played out already after only a few years. The Coral will be around for some time churning out timeless music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Coral's Country Album (sort of) August 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Roots & Echoes" is once again a major shift in mood and direction for The Coral. With every album they tweak and tinker with their sound ebbing from bombastic psychedelic sea shanties to pretty melodic tunes and back again, but always different than before.

"Roots & Echoes" finds the band mostly steering towards melodic ballads often times reminiscent of old country music but always with the production values of neo-psychedelic rock. There aren't too many surprises in terms of interesting tempo changes or distinguishable chord progressions that have made previous efforts so arresting. Most of the songs have a mellow and minimal approach, the productions and song writing reminds me of the e.p. "Nightfreak & The Son of Becker" but with overall better tunes.

That being said, there isn't a bad song in the set and some that I would even call great. The last three songs are the best of the batch. "Rebecca You" with it's mournful melody and lyrics are hauntingly beautiful- this is the most stirring song The Coral have ever produced. "She's Got A Reason" has all the interesting shifts, lyrics and instrumental breaks that one comes to expect from a great Coral song. Finally, "Music At Night", with the pulsating rhythm and swaying harmonies gives a sense of a modern take of the old country band Sons Of The Pioneers mixed with Johnny Cash late 50's output- great stuff.

Other standout songs on the album are "Who's Gonna Find Me" (the first single off the album), "Fireflies", and "In The Rain". Although I like "Who's Gonna Find Me" quite a bit, there's something about it that makes me think it's more of a retread rather than finding something new; but I can't really fault them for that, if that is the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect. November 12, 2007
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If you enjoyed 'Magic & Medicine' then buy 'Roots & Echoes' without hesitation. There are no holes in this collection of beautiful, thrilling songs that have a slight 60's feel.

Another reviewer has described this album as kind of "country" in feel - possibly. I'm no fan of country music and none of these songs makes me cringe the way that genre can. Rather, they express feeling with a sincerity and, quite frankly, a sweetness of spirit that is rare these days - especially from a bunch of guys.

Lead singer James Skelly is unafraid to travel in veins of almost childlike simplicity in his music and lyrics. Some of the songs are so easy and unforced that they sound as if they are covers of songs that are already well known and loved. As with all great music, the illusion is that creating this collection was like rolling off a log.

The only other recent release, that's come to my attention, that compares in consistency and quality is Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' (although, obviously, the two are different in style). This is without doubt the best record that The Coral have made. It's good to see them embrace their talent wholeheartedly and do away with the wilfully non-commercial work of their last CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars New Songs in Old Packaging
It's no secret that The Coral draws heavily on pop-rock music from the 1960s, and it is in many cases not difficult to make suggestions for sources of inspiration. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Morten Vindberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Once Again Sony Music Puts The Screws To The Fans.
I like 'The Coral' alot and especially this cd.
But my review is towards Sony Music (Columbia Records)
this is one of the cds that may not play in computer drives and... Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Cousin Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Excellent album for fans of The Coral. More consistent than their first album, some really great tracks. Definitely a worthy purchase.
Published on March 12, 2012 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Band You Wish You Heard Of
It is easier just to go to my fan-based article to see everything about The Coral - [...]

They define what will be know as a legendary band in 30 years.... Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Harvey Raygun
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are these guys not played more on the radio?
Roots and Echoes, should have at least 2 adult contemporary top ten hits. The whole album is one that you want to listen to completely and not skip any songs. Read more
Published on January 21, 2009 by Keith Gillis
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend in their own time
As with most things in pop culture, all the garbage and flavor of the months will always be floating at the top in a vast sea of nothingness. Read more
Published on March 7, 2008 by Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars The Basics
Roots & Echoes is a thrilling, catchy, all-time classic. If you're considering their back catalog: The prior release, Invisible Invasion, is also consistently creative (with kind... Read more
Published on February 22, 2008 by J. MILLER
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm waiting for the breakout
I really like the faux soul of Put The Sun Back. Sometimes the album slips into the easy listening a little too readily. The harmonies are great but the songwriting is average. Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by Scotch K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Believe ....
...that these guys are still only in their mid-20s. Their creativity and competence is almost overwhelming. Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by taiaha
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