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Gig review: The Coral by Andrew Pain.

SCOUSE indie stars THE CORAL just get better and better.

The group, who recently dropped from a six-piece to a five-piece, played a blinder on the Yorkshire leg of a short tour to promote new album Butterfly House.

As ever, the latest record is as full of melody, harmony, hooks and big choruses as all of their previous work, but the group are so prolific in their songwriting that their show in Leeds went through without them playing a number of classics from their back catalogue -most noticeably Bill McCai and Don't Think You're The First.

Fortunately The Coral are one of those bands that even when they are playing new songs you will be singing along by the second chorus.

Enough modern classics such as Pass It On, Goodbye and Shadows Fall made the set, as well as covers of songs by their two biggest influences -The Beatles and The Byrds.

After an energetic and engaging set, The Coral came back out for two encores.

The penultimate tune was Dreaming Of You, which even after almost a decade and six albums, still got the biggest cheer of the night.

There was one more track that I didn't recognise which was mainly instrumental, but it ended as exit music as the masses, having heard Dreaming Of You, streamed out into the night.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2010
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