Coral Fang - The Distillers
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  • Summary: The punk outfit led by Brody Armstrong (oops--make that Brody Dalle, now) makes its major-label debut with 'Coral Fang,' the band's third release overall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. [Dalle] may be the New Courtney Love, at times even the Punk PJ Harvey, but she also has a depth of emotion that was last displayed by Kurt Cobain.
  2. The record sounds like a seamless amalgamation of the three Hole eras (punk, grunge and rock), with Dalle’s ska roots almost entirely supplanted in favour of a grungier muse.
  3. 83
    Fang's edge is a bit more mosh-by-numbers than Hole's. [Dec 2003, p.129]
  4. So what if the clean-ish production elicits screams of "Sellout!" from longtime fans? This is good stuff. Somewhere, Courtney Love is wishing she made this album.
  5. 70
    The record's initial thrill comes from the confidence with which the Distillers and producer Gil Norton revive rock as a demolishing force. [Nov 2003, p.116]
  6. Coral Fang has its fair share of flaws, but it's impassioned enough to have plenty of bite despite them.
  7. 20
    Coral Fang finds The Distillers aping the bloodless Hollywood impotence of Hole's Celebrity Skin, their 'punk rock' inoffensive and utterly forgettable. [Dec 2003, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Feb 23, 2013
    10
    The Distiller could have been the next Hole or Sex Pistols for that matter. This album was straight up in your face punk rock. No questions ask. A kick ass punk album. I highly recommend it. Highlight tracks: "The Hunger", "Hall of Mirrors", "Love is Paranoid", "Drain the Blood", "Die on a Rope", "Beat Your Heart Out", "Coral Fang", "Dismantle Me", "Death Sex", "The Gallow is God" "For Tonight You're Only Here to Know." Expand
  2. BrigitteL
    Dec 18, 2003
    10
    Best (girl) punk rock album since Hole's Live through this. Well crafted edgy dynamcis with vocals that can make the hair on your skin stand up within 2 seconds and melodies that can light and brightenyour heart. Expand
  3. NicholeE
    Oct 19, 2003
    10
    very good brody changes style from screaming to actually singing. I give it two thumbs up.
  4. markyspark
    Sep 30, 2005
    10
    distillers are the best
  5. JacquiB
    Nov 17, 2004
    9
    I think that the distillers fuckin kick ass no matter what they do and although their other two albums were better than this one it still fucking kicks and I'd like to see all of you ass holes who rated it low to write a cd as good as this one. Expand
  6. DizzleBizzle
    Oct 16, 2003
    7
    More grunge than punk. If you wanna listen to Brody channeling Cobain, you'll love it. Me, I prefered the raw sound of the first, self-titled album. Nothing on "Coral Fang" can compare to Brody screaming "F--- you!" at the top of her lungs at the end of "L.A. Girl." Expand
  7. DiePleaseDie
    Oct 20, 2003
    0
    This album completely blew, The Distillers sold out their music and souls. Almost the entire CD was terrible songs 8 and 9 were the only decent ones yet the idiots making the cd decided to ad vocal effects to brody's voice which is horrible. And the song with just sound from the guitars and the drums keeping a beat was aweful and useless. Random noises aren't hardcore or punk they are shit. Expand

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