Coral Island

The Coral - Coral Island
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #83 / 579
User Score
Based on 117 ratings
2021 Ratings: #481
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Louder Than War

On Coral Island, the band have created what could well be their opus ... It’s a whole world within a world, an escape from reality that resonates deeply, fantastical yet altogether real.

An extraordinary piece of world building, it’s a 24 track song cycle that never once wavers in quality, a true double album that is hued in beautifully pastoral late summer tones that verge on the Autumnal.

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.


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.


While Coral Island's concept is unusually robust ... it's the melodic strength of its 15 'proper' songs that's the real mindblower.

Record Collector

Coral Island, a double record, recounts the faded glory of an imagined funfair isle. It’s a project in keeping with this enduringly impish group’s adventurous DNA.

The Arts Desk

What gives blood and muscle to the conceit ... is The Coral’s abiding pop craft.

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.

Coral Island could easily be considered as The Coral’s White Album. Both records are an expansive, epic collection of tracks crammed with fresh ideas and astonishing heights of creativity.

Classic Rock
Such is the attention to detail that it evokes an eerie world of rattling ghost trains and deserted penny arcades as successfully as a windswept day-trip to Blackpool.
The Telegraph

The band are having fun, and it shows in a carnivalesque cornucopia of strange delights – even if it never quite escapes its contrivances.

The Guardian

Nostalgic without bitterness or regret, the melodies pour out of this double album themed around the titular resort.

An occasional change in pace might be welcome, but the craftsmanship is beyond reproach: swings, yes, but those roundabouts.
Sure, there is the odd bit of filler as you’d expect. But tracks like’ My Best Friend’ and ‘Vacancy’ are The Coral at their best, the sort of folksy indie-pop that they’ve been knocking out for two decades.
this starts off really nice, but it gets pretty boring really fast. also, the interludes are unnecessary and don’t add to the confusing story of the album at all
Ok so this is one of the best indie rock albums this year no cap.
Es difícil reinventarse en un noveno disco, y Coral Island es el claro ejemplo de que ello no es imposible, claro, es una ayuda el tener un amor inconmensurable al respectivo arte, como lo ha demostrado The Coral desde su primer álbum, el homónimo, hasta este "último" (entrecomillo último porque es el último de ellos hasta ahora, pero no deseo que sea el último, aunque si lo fuese, no habría mejor manera que con uno de tus ... read more
FIRST LISTEN: Summer is on its way as The Coral have hit us with some warm nostalgia that brings together the sounds of The Beatles, The Doors, Small Faces, and a much welcomed blast of Britpop.
How does this have a critic score of 83?

What is this generic nostalgia cult?

Thar some smooth talking 70s worship right here

This some eagles flyin’ I don’t know where

I award you zero points for originality points for energy
20 point for feel good vibes
10 points for nostalgia
And 10 points for them summer feels
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Track List

  1. Welcome to Coral Island
  2. Lover Undiscovered
  3. Change Your Mind
  4. Mist On the River
  5. Pavillions of the Mind
  6. Vacancy
  7. My Best Friend
  8. Arcade Hallucinations
  9. The Game She Play
  10. Autumn Has Come
  11. The End of the Pier
  12. The Ghost of Coral Island
  13. Golden Age
  14. Faceless Angel
  15. The Great Lafayette
  16. Strange Illusions
  17. Summertime
  18. Telepathic Waltz
  19. Old Photographs
  20. Watch You Disappear
  21. Late Nights at the Borders
  22. Land of the Lost
  23. The Calico Girl
  24. The Last Entertainer
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Added on: January 28, 2021