The Coral The Invisible Invasion (Sony BMG) Growing up is hard to do when you're a bunch of young scallies who built their reputation on a freewheeling, quirky and essentially youthful sound. But like Supergrass before them, The Coral have had to attempt the transition to young manhood, refining their psychedelic rock sound and forging a stronger identity. Listening to this, their third album proper, it's evident that last year's whacky and eclectic 11-track mini-album Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker was a way of clearing the decks so they could move on and hone a more mature, homogenous sound. The prolific Merseyside sextet retain the surreal organ swirls, jangling guitars and cheeky humour, but it seems they want to be taken more seriously this time. The Invisible Invasion contains some of the finest songs they've crafted - the jaunty So Long Ago, the summery In the Morning, and the more sombre Far from the Crowd - despite singer James Skelly's limits being more exposed than ever. Overall, however, the set lacks the invention that made their debut three years ago such a standout. There are no sea shanties here and the famously over-the-top organ is reined in, although the influences of The Doors, The Kinks and The Byrds persist. But although it lacks the sense of fun and the raw edges of earlier outings have been sanded down, The Invisible Invasion makes up for its reduced instant appeal by offering more depth that can be appreciated on repeated visits.