Friday, December 31, 2010

Albums of the year 2010

# 2. The Coral - Butterfly House
(Deltasonic, July 12th 2010)



This an amazing LP. In a career of only great albums this is the very best that the Liverpool-group The Coral has released. This is the album that The Byrds should have made. It's the perfect mix of the psychedelic sixties that we know from bands like Love and the west-coast harmonies by Crosby, Stills & Nash. The songwriting is timeless, it really does sound like it's a lost gem from the sixties - but it doesn't sound dated in any way. Great production from John Leckie from start to finish.

There are so many great guitar licks and counter melodies on this album that I really don't know where to start. I don't very often get totally blown away by albums, but the more I listen to this record the more impressed I get. It's the kind of album that you really cherish when it has crawled under your skin. Before the recording of this LP one of the bands founding members quit, but if anything that seems to have been a energizer for these guys.

After the big hit "Dreaming of You" from their first album, the rest of the world just seemed to forget about The Coral. Often being mentioned as a one hit wonder. Well, they may only have had that one hit - but go check out the rest of their albums. A lot of hidden gems in this back catalog.

This is also another one of those albums were it's almost impossible to pick a favourite song, because it keeps changing from each listen. Right now I would probably pick "Walking in the Winter". A lot because it just seems like a good fit for the time of year.

Go buy this album, I guarantee that you will love it. If you don't, well go listen to it again. And again. And again.



The Coral - Butterfly House

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