James Skelly & The Invaders - 'Love Undercover'
Coral frontman's new project. Expect the expected
Opener ‘You’ve Got It All’ is a buoyant boost of soulful musical optimism that was co-penned by Paul Weller and it gets this album off to a soaring start that’s reminiscent of, but also removed from, the sounds of Skelly’s past. That quasi-familiarity, a staple of The Coral’s discography, permeates the other 10 songs here – whether the romantic slow dance innocence of ‘You And I’, the dramatic urgency of ‘I’m A Man’ (complete with Morricone-esque horns), the eerie but funky (yes, funky!) atmospherics of ‘Set You Free’, or the earnest balladeering of ‘Turn Away’, they all sound a bit like something else from some other time, whether way back when or simply from The Coral’s heyday. And while the gentle lilt of ‘Darkest Days’ and the repetitive choral refrain of ‘What A Day’ overstay their welcome, largely, this is an album of simple, wistful pop. Hardly revolutionary, but pleasantly nostalgic and enjoyable.
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