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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Those wanting to reignite the flame that burned through Hole's Live Through This (and has yet to fire any of Courtney Love's subsequent work) should dig into Coral Fang, the major-label debut from L.A. punks the Distillers. Led by Brody Dalle, a tough-talking Aussie who's also the ex of Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the Distillers give the straight-dope punk of the Ramones and Black Flag a grungy post-punk edge that pops with bouncing bass lines and hard-nosed melodies. The disc was produced by Gil Norton, boardsman for both the Foo Fighters and Pixies, and he gives Coral Fang a welcoming modern-rock handshake. His touch is unmistakable -- and irresistible -- on ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Those wanting to reignite the flame that burned through Hole's Live Through This (and has yet to fire any of Courtney Love's subsequent work) should dig into Coral Fang, the major-label debut from L.A. punks the Distillers. Led by Brody Dalle, a tough-talking Aussie who's also the ex of Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the Distillers give the straight-dope punk of the Ramones and Black Flag a grungy post-punk edge that pops with bouncing bass lines and hard-nosed melodies. The disc was produced by Gil Norton, boardsman for both the Foo Fighters and Pixies, and he gives Coral Fang a welcoming modern-rock handshake. His touch is unmistakable -- and irresistible -- on songs such as "Dismantle Me," which suggests both the Foos and Nirvana's more melodic moments, and "Beat Your Heart Out," which evokes the tuneful snarl of the Runaways. But there's not much Norton can do to dampen the throaty croak of Dalle, whose every utterance sounds as if it contains her own blood and bile. When she rasps lines like, "I wish you didn't love me no more / I've been dead for years," on the anthemic self-hatred yarn "Die on a Rope," or "Hold onto the memory / It's all you got," on "The Hunger" (which evokes the Pixies' visceral quiet/loud dynamics), it's hard not to read these songs as a bloodletting after a feral breakup. Post-punk angst hasn't burned this white-hot in years.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By far the most ambitious album yet to bear the Distillers name, Coral Fang is by turns darker, more polished, and more poppy than any of the band's previous work. The history of Brody Dalle -- now back to her maiden name after separating from Tim Armstrong -- precedes her and certainly informs this album, but it's not necessary to know to appreciate Coral Fang's themes of losing and finding love and dealing with a difficult past. Considering her troubled early years, her relationships with rock stars, and most importantly, the music she makes, it would be easy to call her the new Courtney Love. But the comparison is more than a little apt, and Coral Fang delivers the kind of vicarious, drama-queen punk rock thrills that haven't been around since Live Through This. However, even with their lineup switches, the Distillers have always sounded more like a band than any incarnation of Hole ever did; Dalle's voice might be even more desperate-sounding than Love at her most vitriolic; and, arguably, the Distillers' best songs sound more genuine. Direct comparisons aside, Coral Fang does feature some of the best jagged punk-pop in recent memory in "Drain the Blood," where Dalle sings, "I never met a pearl like you/Who could shimmer and rot the same time through" and the nasty breakup song "Hall of Mirrors." "The Hunger" is among the best songs the Distillers have ever written, mixing pretty, yearning verses with firebomb choruses. "The Gallow Is God" is another standout, a heavy, lurching, In Utero-esque catharsis that makes up for its lack of originality with its quality. "Oh my heart it sings suicide," the song begins, and along with titles like "Die on a Rope," it conveys the drama of the album's first half. This drama bleeds into melodrama more often than it should, lending an obviousness that detracts from the Distillers' power. The cover art for both versions of Coral Fang reflects the band's ham-fisted tendencies: the regular artwork features woodcut-like illustrations of bleeding, nude, and scantily-clad women, often pregnant, with razorblades for heads if they have any at all. The so-called "clean" artwork -- which features the same music as the regular version -- announces its status as a "SAFE COVER" in capital letters and features a sunny vista of cute 'n' cuddly animals save for a few subversive-looking raccoons, weasels, and skunks skulking in the foreground. Gil Norton's shiny production also makes songs such as "Dismantle Me" sound emptier than they actually are and turns the band into a machine that sounds a little too well-oiled, though it's impossible to totally defang Dalle's vocals and personality. Coral Fang's second half is less dramatic than its gut-wrenching first half, which is both a relief and a letdown. Still, "Beat Your Heart Out" is poppy enough to make Avril Lavigne watch her back, and "Tonight You're Only Here to Know" is another bruised ballad that suggests the Distillers might hit harder with their softer songs. "Death Sex," the aptly named, noisy 11-minute grind that closes the album, is at the very least out of place with the more neatly packaged music here and could be seen as a misguided attempt to inject the album with some more punk sensibility. Strangely, while The Distillers and Sing Sing Death House recalled the punk of the '70s and '80s, this album sounds like a throwback to mid-'90s alternative rock without actually sounding dated. Coral Fang has its fair share of flaws, but it's impassioned enough to have plenty of bite despite them.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
This is [Dalle's] moment to show an audience that's been spoon-fed Avril Lavigne what real angst sounds like.
Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
If Nirvana had been led by a chick singer, Bleach might have sounded like the Distillers' Coral Fang.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
During ravaged, scornful tracks like "Drain the Blood," Coral Fang sounds like the Live Through This follow-up [Courtney] Love has yet to make. (B)

This is [Dalle's] moment to show an audience that's been spoon-fed Avril Lavigne what real angst sounds like.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624842026
  • Catalog Number: 48420
  • Sales rank: 24,793

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Distillers Primary Artist
Brody Dalle Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Andy "Outbreak" Granelli Drums, Group Member
Ryan Sinn Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Tony Bradley Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bradley Cook Engineer
Gil Norton Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Dan Druff Guitar Techician
The Distillers Arranger
Jason Dunne Engineer
Brian Bumbery Publicity
Brody Dalle Composer
Mike Fazano Drum Technician
Tim Presley Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album from a great band

    Really adventurous album and very unique. The very best Distillers album. The lyrics are very thoughtful and are more than the titles show, one of the best break up albums ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful in everyway

    This is an amazing album and a fantastic third release for Distillers. Tony proves himself as a guitarist for the band and there is a clear sense of unity in the band through this album. They've drawn away from the more raw punk of the previous album but came out with an album I class as a piece of art. It really is a beautiful album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best punk album of 2003...probably

    Easily one of the best records of 2003, even though Coral Fang is on a major record label release, The Distillers sound is refreshingly uncompromised. The vocals are still vicious, and the riffs just as raw, but now with Coral Fang there is more of a sense of poetry to the music. Probably one of the best albums The Distillers are going to make...until the next one comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Distillers get better with age

    Coral Fang the first major label debut for the stirring punk band fronted by Brody Dalle has done it again. Their independent release on Hellcat Records Sing Sing Death House really sparked their success as a band but Coral Fang brings them into their own. They may never top the charts but they will always have a strong following looking for good punk rock. If you want punk at its best without the hoopla pick up a copy today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NEED TO BUY

    The Distillers have matured a lot through their music this album. I'm a HUGE fan of them! They have changed their sound a bit, from that hard core, punk rock roots music, to a more mellow sort of style (mellow for The Distillers, I mean), and it really is nice. Luckily Brody's voice hasn't changed at all, and they still have that strong bass line that I like them for. Track number 6, "The Hunger" has to be my favorite song off of the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brody Dalle Is God(dess)

    I love most women rockers, but Brody Dalle blows me away. Her voice comes from the gut and shreds your eardrums but never fails to move you. If you don't like punk, don't go here but if you do, CORAL FANG is a monster. List 'em: "Drain The Blood", "Coral Fang", "The Hunger" and "For Tonight You're Only Here To Know" are all great, but I think "Hall Of Mirrors" may be the best punk rock song in the last 25 years (remember The Clash? - Jeez I'm dating myself). I do have a problem with track 11 "Death Sex" - it sucks. It might work live, but on disc 12 minutes of noise is annoying. Buy this album - and Brody, keep it coming! This 52-year-old guy loves you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST ALBUM OF the YEAR!

    the new album coral fang is the best, You haven't bought it your missing out, it's the most awesome record ever....a non-stop scream-a-thon, that will keep you listening to it for the rest of your life,......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Distillers Solidify Their Rightful, Needed Place in Music

    I bought the first two albums the Distiller's released on vinyl and immediately played them so much that I think I warped the records. In my 30's, I've lived through the punk explosions in London and New York. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought Coral Fang came straight out of CBGB's circa the early eighties. Not only is it classic punk (and anyone who says otherwise obviously missed the whole point of what punk is - it's not Blink-182) but it is a new revelation in music that as of late has become boring, predictable and well-formulated. From the opening of "Drain the Blood" you get thrown into the fire and really hope it never extinguishes. One only has to listen to "The Hunger" to be reminded of a classic in the making, akin to anyone of Black Francis'/Frank Black's/Charles Thompson's best Pixies tune. The basslines are fantastic and the howling is as good as anything you'd expect from the Pixies. Although there have been several comparisons to Courtney Love and Hole, this band blows away everything Hole has done since Pretty On The Inside, which was their last punk album. Instead of buying Celebrity Skin which everyone seems to recommend, go get the Distiller's first two albums (highly recommended on vinyl as it is as raw as it should sound) or get any of the Pixies classic albums. You will not be disappointed by this album or anything coming from the relentlessly talented Brody Dalle who wrote all songs and lyrics herself (gee, after all these formulated pop-princesses in fad, I didn't think anyone did that anymore!) Get this album. You'll thank yourself and the Distillers in the end. Oh, and one last thing, go see them when they come play near you. The last few shows I've seen were incredible and I've never seen an entire crowd of thousands of kids mosh together since the Circle Jerks played back in the day. It's really THAT good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Distillers back with more great punk

    The Distillers will always rock. They're back with this kick-*butt* CD. Their newest hit "Drain the Blood" is just what you'd expect from the Distillers. If you haven't checked them out...you definitely need to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review

    It is an awsome buy! The style has changed since their previous album, but thats what I think. It still is a CD meant for your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Distillers and Coral Fang

    This is one of the best albums out there right now. Gives you hard punk and soft at the same time. And with Brody's lyrics and voice, what else can you ask for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the distillers are # 1

    the distillers rock. this has to be the best album ive heard all year. i especially like number 6. but every song rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The cd, everyone should own

    Coral Fang, is the best cd from the Distillers yet. The front woman Brody Dalle is electric and outstanding. The Distillers sound like Hole, without the trashy projection. If you like punk, then you'll love the distillers. BUY IT NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy this cd or die!!!!!!!

    this cd is sooooo the s#!+ from cd 1 to this one you hear her grow as a person and it just gets better and better. my favs are the hunger and here to know .but i love all there songs.if you dont buy this cd i will personally invade you dreams and haunt you and make you eat a full bag of lays with oleen and you will wake up in an awful mess.in conclusion when i listen to coral fang it tastes like a monkey craped a rainbow in my mind ..............buy it or die

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coral fang is amazing!!!!!!

    i have listened to this album millions of times since i bought it and i still enjoy listening to every track. it is different to the distillers first two albums but is still just as good and if not even better. i would recommend that you bought this album as it is simply amazing. www.thedistillers.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coral Fang ROCKS

    If punk rock/modern rock is in your musical tastes, then Coral Fang is for you. in this album, you can hear some of the old Distillers styles, as well as new styles...all falling within the category of "light punk rock".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Distillers Strike Again!

    The new Distillers album "Coral Fang" is awesome! It's a bit of a departure from their past work, but it's still The Distillers. This album shows their broad range in music styles. This album is an essential for any punk's music collection. A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coral Fang

    Brody's voice is amazing. I can sit back, relax with her soothing raspy voice and feel my heart skip a beat with her lung straining screams. This album gives punk fans another name to scream for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coral Fang

    The best Distillers ablum to date. Coral Fang has a great mix of smooth and hard songs that can make you sit back, relax and have your heart skip a beat with lung shattering screams. I've listened to this ablbum non-stop and i love every second of it. Go and buy this ablum if you want some enjoyment out of your life. Coral Fang is giving punk fans a new name to scream out for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy it now, turn it up LOUD

    this is a must for all you distiller fiends. softer and more singing but the lyrics and energy will keep you going. not to mention- the music of course.

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