THE CORONAS Trust the Wire

So Far So Good Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

You can’t dis­pute the facts. De­spite “crit­i­cal dar­ling” sta­tus evad­ing The Coronas over the course of their 14-year ca­reer, the peo­ple have made them one of Ire­land’s big­gest bands. The Dublin­ers’ fifth al­bum – writ­ten af­ter re­turn­ing from a four-year stay in Lon­don and a fruit­less stint on a ma­jor la­bel – is ergo pitched as tak­ing a “new ap­proach”, although not much has changed son­i­cally. Real Feel swerves into funk-hued 1980s pop, while Not What You Know builds to a soar­ing, sin­ga­long re­frain and the perky Like It Used

to Be takes its cue from Bea­tles-style pop with a side of the wist­ful melan­cho­lia that per­me­ates most other songs. It could do with a bit more dy­namism wo­ven into the track­list­ing but this is a solid, if some­what safe of­fer­ing. theco­ro­

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