The Invisible Invasion

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The Invisible Invasion
Studio album by The Coral
Released 23 May 2005 (2005-05-23)
Recorded 2004–2005
Monnow Valley Studio, Rockfield; Elevator Studios, Liverpool
Genre Indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 39:37
Label Deltasonic
Producer Adrian Utley, Geoff Barrow
The Coral chronology
Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker
(2004)Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker2004
The Invisible Invasion
Roots & Echoes
(2007)Roots & Echoes2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
NME (7/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[4]
PopMatters (6/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]

The Invisible Invasion is the third full-length album by The Coral. It was released on 23 May 2005 in the United Kingdom and entered at No. 3 in the album charts (see 2005 in music). The production is by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley of Portishead, and most critics have described this album as a more stripped-down effort than their previous material. It was released in the United States on 30 August 2005 by Columbia Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "She Sings the Mourning" James Skelly, Nick Power 3:08
2. "Cripples Crown" J. Skelly, Power 3:38
3. "So Long Ago" J. Skelly, Power, Bill Ryder-Jones 2:42
4. "The Operator" J. Skelly 2:20
5. "A Warning to the Curious" J. Skelly, Power, Ryder-Jones 3:56
6. "In the Morning" J. Skelly 2:33
7. "Something Inside of Me" J. Skelly 2:26
8. "Come Home" J. Skelly, Power, Ryder-Jones 4:14
9. "Far from the Crowd" J. Skelly 3:39
10. "Leaving Today" J. Skelly, Lee Southall 3:08
11. "Arabian Sand" The Coral 4:02
12. "Late Afternoon" J. Skelly 3:56


The Coral[7]
  • James Skelly – vocals, guitar, arrangements
  • Lee Southall – guitar, arrangements
  • Bill Ryder-Jones – guitar, arrangements
  • Paul Duffy – bass guitar, arrangements
  • Nick Power – keyboards, arrangements
  • Ian Skelly – drums, arrangements, artwork, design
  • Adrian Utley – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Geoff Barrow – producer, mixing
  • Matthew Edge – assistant engineer
  • Steve Davis – assistant engineer
  • Craig Silvey – mixing
  • Nick Joplin – assistant mixing
  • Paul Corkett – assistant mixing
  • Frank Arkwright – mastering
Other personnel
  • Kevin Power – artwork, design
  • Claire Lewis – assistant

Extended Copy Protection[edit]

In November 2005, it was revealed that Sony was distributing albums with Extended Copy Protection, a controversial feature that automatically installed rootkit software on any Microsoft Windows machine upon insertion of the disc. In addition to preventing the CDs contents from being copied, it was also revealed that the software reported the users' listening habits back to Sony and also exposed the computer to malicious attacks that exploited insecure features of the rootkit software. Though Sony refused to release a list of the affected CDs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation identified The Invisible Invasion as one of the discs with the invasive software.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 104
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 16
Japan (Oricon)[11] 53
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 23 May 2005 Deltasonic CD, LP, digital download DLTCD036, DLTLP036


  1. ^ "The Invisible Invasion by The Coral". Metacritic. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sendra, Tim. "The Coral: The Invisible Invasion > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  3. ^ Budgen, Simon Hayes (5 May 2005). "The Coral : The Invisible Invasion". NME. IPC Media. ISSN 0028-6362. 
  4. ^ Moerder, Adam (1 June 2005). "The Coral: The Invisible Invasion". Pitchfork Media. 
  5. ^ Haag, Stephen (14 June 2005). "The Coral: The Invisible Invasion". PopMatters. 
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (8 September 2005). "The Coral: The Invisible Invasion". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. 
  7. ^ The Invisible Invasion (booklet). The Coral. UK: Deltasonic. 2007. DLTCD036. 
  8. ^ "Are You Affected By Sony-BMG's Rootkit?". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 8 November 2005. 
  9. ^ " – The Coral – The Invisible Invasion". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 21, 2005". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  11. ^ ザ・コーラル [The Coral]. (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats – The Coral – The Invisible Invasion". UK Albums Chart. Chart Stats. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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