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  • Summary: The 24-track release from the British indie rock band features Ian and James Skelly's grandfather Ian Murray as narrator.
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  1. May 3, 2021
    90
    Coral Island is the band at their best, effortlessly conjuring up the glorious ghosts of rock & roll's past and turning those sounds into something timeless and instantly rewarding at once.
  2. Apr 26, 2021
    90
    ‘Coral Island’ is huge in scope and ambition, while also remaining staggeringly consistent. The bar is set high from the off, and they never fail to reach it. A lazy comparison: it’s as creative as ‘The White Album’ and as unified as ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’. A truly superb experience, it feels as though The Coral have painted their masterpiece – a one way ticket to ‘Coral Island’ is a truly an offer you can’t turn down.
  3. Apr 30, 2021
    90
    Coral Island is an ambitious record that never topples under the weight of that ambition. Unusually for a double album there’s barely any filler and the songs have a timeless quality that keeps you returning. At the end of their second decade, The Coral have released the best album of their career.
  4. 80
    It’s a bold move for The Coral to come out with something so intricate at this stage of their career, even taking the time to pen an accompanying book. But immerse yourself in this heavily themed epic and you’ll be rewarded with a nostalgic trip that showcases some of their most adventurous writing to date.
  5. Apr 29, 2021
    80
    Their ambitious double may aspire to the eclecticism of The Beatles’ White Album, but it remains resolutely, if sweetly, sepia-toned.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 26, 2021
    80
    It's the melodic strength of its 15 "proper" songs that's the real mindblower. [May 2021, p.81]
  7. Uncut
    Apr 26, 2021
    70
    An occasional change of pace might be welcome, but the craftsmanship is beyond reproach; swings, yes, but those roundabouts. [May 2021, p.24]

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  1. May 3, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Double albums are tricky things to pull off but Coral Island succeeds due to its spoken word interludes, the British seaside concept and, most importantly, 15 terrific songs. The Coral have always balanced catchy singles with more offbeat and weirder material but never have they got that balance as perfect as here. Expand