Magic and Medicine

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Magic and Medicine
Studio album by The Coral
Released 28 July 2003 (2003-07-28)
Recorded 2003;
Elevator Studios, Liverpool
Genre Indie
Length 41:10
Label Deltasonic
Producer Ian Broudie, The Coral (co.)
The Coral chronology
The Coral
(2002)
Magic and Medicine
(2003)
Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
NME (8/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[3]
PopMatters (mixed)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
RTÉ 3/5 stars[6]

Magic and Medicine is the second album by The Coral, released on 28 July 2003 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number 1 in the charts, and on 10 February 2004 in the United States (see 2003 in music). The singles "Don't Think You're the First" and "Pass It On" earned them their first top ten hits.

The album title originates from a lyric in Time Travel, the hidden track on the band's debut album: "Well there's a war going on, ain't the obvious one. It's between magic and medicine". The US release features a limited edition EP entitled Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker (which was released as a mini-album in the UK).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Forest"   James Skelly, Nick Power 2:39
2. "Don't Think You're the First"   J. Skelly 4:03
3. "Liezah"   J. Skelly, Power 3:31
4. "Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues"   J. Skelly 3:07
5. "Secret Kiss"   J. Skelly 2:56
6. "Milkwood Blues"   J. Skelly 3:54
7. "Bill McCai"   J. Skelly 2:37
8. "Eskimo Lament"   Power 2:30
9. "Careless Hands"   J. Skelly, Bill Ryder-Jones 4:14
10. "Pass It On"   J. Skelly 2:19
11. "All of Our Love"   J. Skelly, Power 3:06
12. "Confessions of A.D.D.D."   J. Skelly 6:20

Personnel[edit]

The Coral[7]
  • James Skelly – vocals, guitar, co-producer
  • Lee Southall – guitar, backing vocals, co-producer
  • Bill Ryder-Jones – guitar, co-producer
  • Paul Duffy – bass guitar, backing vocals, co-producer
  • Nick Power – organ, piano, backing vocals, co-producer
  • Ian Skelly – drums, co-producer, artwork
Production[7]
  • Ian Broudie – producer
  • Jon Gray – engineer
  • Gary Butler – mastering
Additional musicians[7]
  • Andy Frizell – brass
  • Simon James – brass
  • Martin Smith – brass
  • Olline Brindley – double bass
  • Louis Baccino – flute
  • Andy Brindley – harmonica
  • Megan Childs – violin
Other personnel[7]
  • Arthur Janssen – photography
  • Jonathan Worth – photography

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 39
France (SNEP)[8] 64
Ireland (Irish Albums Chart)[9] 14
Japan (Oricon)[10] 69
New Zealand (RIANZ)[8] 43
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 60
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 1
Preceded by
Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé
UK number one album
9 August 2003 – 15 August 2003
Succeeded by
Escapology by Robbie Williams

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 28 July 2003 Deltasonic CD, LP, digital download DLTCD014, DLTLP014

References[edit]

  1. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "The Coral: Magic and Medicine > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  2. ^ Kessler, Ted. "The Coral : Magic & Medicine". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Archived from the original on 5 July 2003. 
  3. ^ Robertson, Neil (29 February 2004). "The Coral: Magic & Medicine". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ Begrand, Adrien (22 August 2003). "The Coral: Magic & Medicine". PopMatters. 
  5. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (19 February 2004). "The Coral: Magic And Medicine ". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media) (RS 942). OCLC 680063773. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Gleeson, Sinéad (10 October 2003). "Review: The Coral - Magic and Medicine". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d Magic and Medicine (booklet). The Coral. UK: Deltasonic. 2004. DLTCD014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "The Coral - Magic and Medicine". ultratop.be. Ultratop. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Coral - Magic and Medicine". acharts.us. αCharts.us. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "ザ・コーラル" [The Coral]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Coral | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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