Album #205: The Coronas – True Love Waits

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Dublin, Ireland
  • Label: So Far So Good
  • Best Track: Never Ending (On Your Side)

In what seemed a bit of a stretch, I read a piece in The Irish Times at the weekend comparing the battle for the No. 1 spot in Ireland’s Album Chart this week to the Blur/Oasis duel of the 1990s.

It seemed especially far-fetched as, unlike Fontaines D.C., the currently unfortunately named Coronas are little known outside of their own country. They’d certainly escaped my attention, so I thought I’d check them out. On doing so, I’m surprised they’re not bigger internationally, as on the evidence of their sixth album True Love Waits, they’re just the sort of bland and vacuous advert music that everyone seems to love at the most.

Maybe that’s a little harsh. The songs are slick, professional and well-produced, so if you like this sort of thing, they probably tick every box. It’s just that to me, it’s as dull as dishwater. The Coronas are widely described as pop-rock, but to me it’s just pop with a faint rock influence. In fact if it weren’t for the F-bomb in first few lines of the title track, I’d have believed you if you told me this album was Boyzone’s latest.

I found the harmonies on ‘Never Ending (On Your Side)’ relatively agreeable, and the pace picks up (not before time) on ‘Find The Water’. The rest is turgid and I found it hard work to get through the album. Safe to say, I’ll be socially distancing myself from the Coronas from now on.

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