Deltasonic - 2003 - 41 minutes

The average age of these guys is just 19, which is impressive because they sound like they've been together for twenty years. It also sounds like their record collection goes back even further.

The sixties are a definite reference point from trashy western soundtracks like 'Pass It On' to Phil Spector-isms aplenty. There's even a psychedelic little number in the form of 'Milkwood Blues'.

Bizarrely, the Coral might owe a little something to their geographical predecessors. The influence of Merseyside's other indie sons Echo & The Bunnymen and The La's is easy to spot. On at least 5 of these tracks (notably 'Bill McCai' and 'Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues') you might have to check the sleeve notes to make sure Lee Mavers hadn't bunked onto the album.

Single 'Don't Think You're The First' is one of the highlights but it confirms that if The Coral went on TV's 'Stars on Their Eyes', they'd be The Animals. But hey, it's a laudable follow up to their debut and they're in good company.

Sinéad Gleeson

Tracklisting: In The Forest - Don't Think You're The First - Liezah - Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues - Secret Kiss - Milkwood Blues - Bill McCai - Eskimo Lament - Careless Hands - Pass It On - All Of Our Love - Confessions Of A.D.D.D