Nice One, Wirral

Heavily-tipped Scouse tunesmiths confirm promise on second LP

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Two years ago The Coral’s eponymous first album introduced a group teeming with energy and a blaze of musical influences. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and roundly trumpeted as the arrival of the “best new band in Britain”.

Possibly premature, but at the very least The Coral’s ornate blend of Russian balalaikas, sea shanties, soul-smoked boogies, psychedelic intrigues and garage-rock blues was a refreshing sign that a band partly inspired by Oasis weren’t wholly bound by dadrock clich

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