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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
The Coral: Your views
The Coral
The Coral recently supported Oasis in Finsbury Park
Merseyside band The Coral have already become the darlings of the music press and reportedly won a 1m deal with their record company.

Their single Goodbye recently entered at number 21 in the official UK charts.

"It will not catapult The Coral to the status of worshipped musical trailblazers, but it will give anyone who listens to it a good ride - in a ghost train kind of way," wrote BBC News Online's Ian Youngs.

But what do you think?

Is this the most original album of the year? Will it bring the band mainstream success?

Have your say

I have patiently waited for this album to come out, I heard them live about three months ago and I loved the quirky tunes and sea-shanty style of the music. Nice to see a band being original.
Scott, UK

I saw The Coral on Top of the Pops on Friday. What a load of rubbish, the UK used to make the best music in the world, now it's just the same thing over and over again. Is there any chance that producers etc. are only in it for the money nowadays, or am I being too cynical?
Greg, UK

The best thing I've heard all year - eccentric pop madness of the highest order.

It's just a shame that manufactured rubbish like Gareth Gates or Liberty X will always dominate the charts and airwaves rather than the inspired lunacy of tracks such as I Remember When or Skeleton Key.
Lee, UK

Loved the track after seeing it on heavy play on music TV. They have got the 60s melodies and cheap keyboards just right for a fresh look on things. I just hope the rest of the album runs along the same lines or the hype burns out to yet more new wave grunge.

After seeing a couple of brilliant live shows (London's Cargo last November, and the recent Glastonbury performance) I'm disappointed. It's not a knee-jerk reaction to the unanimous critical support, but The Coral (or the production team) have considerably reigned in their experimental leanings on the record. After seeing those live shows I'm convinced this album could have been three times as entertaining. They sound less willing to take risks; it only sounds slightly fresh due to the shocking state of the indie scene in terms of looking to the future. Let's be honest, half of it sounds like the La's. A bad thing, in this day and age.
Stu Egan, UK

In a music world of the Doves/Coldplay etc. it's easy to lose faith in music, The Coral manage to restore it with a really orignal/interesting album. At last an album worth getting out of bed for!
Mark, York

I think they're wicked - a bit trippy in places but after a slight period of adjustment the album really grows on you. Can't wait to see them play at V2002!
Saz, UK

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