The Coral (album)

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The Coral
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Studio album by The Coral
Released 29 July 2002 (2002-07-29)
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre Indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 42:41
Label Deltasonic
Producer Ian Broudie, Zion Egg (co.)
The Coral chronology
The Coral
(2002)
Magic and Medicine
(2003)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[4]
NME 9/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 6.8/10[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin B+[9]

The Coral is the eponymous debut studio album by British indie rock band The Coral. It was released 29 July 2002 in the United Kingdom on the Deltasonic label, where it debuted at number 5 in the charts, and on 3 March 2003 in the United States on Columbia Records. It was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Spanish Main" James Skelly 1:53
2. "I Remember When" J. Skelly 3:38
3. "Shadows Fall" The Coral 3:29
4. "Dreaming of You" J. Skelly 2:21
5. "Simon Diamond" J. Skelly, Nick Power 2:28
6. "Goodbye" J. Skelly, Power 4:02
7. "Waiting for the Heartaches" J. Skelly 4:03
8. "Skeleton Key" J. Skelly, Power 3:03
9. "Wildfire" Power 2:45
10. "Bad Man" J. Skelly, Power 3:03
11. "Calendars and Clocks" (includes hidden track "Time Travel") J. Skelly, Power 11:56

Personnel[edit]

The Coral[11]
  • James Skelly – vocals, guitar, co-producer
  • Lee Southall – guitar, co-producer
  • Bill Ryder-Jones – guitar, trumpet, co-producer
  • Paul Duffy – bass guitar, saxophone, co-producer
  • Nick Power – keyboards, co-producer
  • Ian Skelly – drums, co-producer, artwork
Production[11]
  • Ian Broudie – producer
  • Jon Gray – engineer
  • Kenny Patterson – assistant engineer
Other personnel[11]
  • Scott Jones – artwork
  • Juno – design
  • Steve Fellowes – logo design
  • Kev Power – photography

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 118
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 41
Japan (Oricon)[14] 97
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 5
US Billboard 200[16] 189
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 13

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog no.
United Kingdom 29 July 2002 (2002-07-29) Deltasonic CD, LP, digital download DLTCD006, DLTLP006

Miscellanea[edit]

  • The US release features the videos to "Dreaming Of You" and "Goodbye" and enables you to unlock content on the official Coral USA website.
  • The LP title was rumoured to be called Son of Becker (Xfm interview 25 May 2002) and Zion Egg before it was finally named The Coral. Other songs which were rumoured to appear on the debut before being left out were "Run Run!" and "Tumble Grave".
  • "Dreaming of You" was used in "My Monster", an episode of the American sitcom, Scrubs.
  • The BBC's Free Agents used "Dreaming of You" during the ending credits of Episode 3.
  • "Dreaming of You" is a playable track in the Lego: Rock Band video game.
  • Pete Doherty claimed he and Carl Barât wrote the song "Dreaming of You" in an interview and sold it to The Coral. However, this was a rumour made up by the pair.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for The Coral by The Coral". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Bryan. "The Coral – The Coral". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Raftery, Brian M. (14 March 2003). "The Coral". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (19 July 2002). "The fab six". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Fox, Jason. "The Coral: The Coral". NME. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Dahlen, Chris (12 November 2002). "The Coral: The Coral". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 November 2002. 
  7. ^ "The Coral: The Coral". Q (193): 121. August 2002. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (20 March 2003). "The Coral: The Coral". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  9. ^ Hoard, Christian (April 2003). "The Coral: The Coral / The Music: The Music". Spin. 19 (4): 108. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  11. ^ a b c The Coral (booklet). The Coral. UK: Deltasonic. 2002. DLTCD006. 
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Coral – The Coral". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  13. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 31, 2002". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  14. ^ ザ・コーラル [The Coral]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Coral | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  16. ^ "The Coral – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Coral. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  17. ^ "The Coral – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for The Coral. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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