Norfolk Coast (album)

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Norfolk Coast
Studio album by The Stranglers
Released 16 February 2004
Genre Rock
Label EMI Records
Producer Mark Wallis, David Ruffy & Peter Glenister
The Stranglers chronology
Coup de Grace
(1998)Coup de Grace1998
Norfolk Coast
Suite XVI
(2006)Suite XVI2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favourable) [2]

Norfolk Coast is the fifteenth album by The Stranglers, and was released on 16 February 2004. It was their first album in six years and their first studio album with new guitarist Baz Warne. A number of songs were written by Warne, including the ballad "Dutch Moon". Norfolk Coast peaked at No. 70 in the UK Albums Chart in February, for one week's duration in that listing.[3]

The album was well received by reviewers and fans alike, showing a return to form of the band. It also spawned the band's UK first Top 40 hit single for more than a decade, "Big Thing Coming" (No. 31 in February 2004 in the UK Singles Chart).[4]

The album saw the re-emergence of some of their signature sounds, such as Dave Greenfield's swirling keyboards, in a contemporary setting. The hard-edged title track sets the direction for much of the album, while there are more contemplative moments, such as the atmospheric "Tuckers Grave", dedicated to Edwin Tucker, who committed suicide in 1747 (and was written in the room in which he died). This was also the last album to feature Paul Roberts on lead vocals.

Norfolk Coast was also the name of a short film starring Jean Jacques Burnel. It is available on the DVD On Stage On Screen and features rearranged music from the album.Directed by Robin Bextor and co-starring Susannah York the film won a number of awards.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Norfolk Coast" 3:44
2. "Big Thing Coming" 3:01
3. "Long Black Veil" 4:01
4. "I've Been Wild" 2:43
5. "Dutch Moon" 3:57
6. "Lost Control" 3:29
7. "Into the Fire" 4:12
8. "Tucker's Grave" 5:58
9. "I Don't Agree" 3:21
10. "Sanfte Kuss" 2:23
11. "Mine All Mine" 3:11


  1. ^ Luerssen, John D. "The Stranglers: Norfolk Coast > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (26 February 2004). "The Stranglers: Norfolk Coast Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 535. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Big Thing Coming". Retrieved 5 October 2011.