Magic and Medicine The Coral's shaggy, shambling brand of Britpop takes a more refined turn on their second album, with guitars steeped in jazz and blues embroidering James… Magic and Medicine The Coral's shaggy, shambling brand of Britpop takes a more refined turn on their second album, with guitars steeped in jazz and blues embroidering James… 2004-02-10 The Coral
Music Review

Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker; Magic and Medicine (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 10, 2004; Lead Performance: The Coral

The Coral's shaggy, shambling brand of Britpop takes a more refined turn on their second album, with guitars steeped in jazz and blues embroidering James Skelly's crooned vocals over modified shuffle and skiffle beats. Though lacking the self-titled debut's exhilarating peaks, ''Magic'' is more consistent. A 28-minute bonus disc, Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker, restores the rougher edges, especially on the manic ''Migraine,'' but with slighter songs.

Originally posted Feb 13, 2004 Published in issue #751 Feb 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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