Album Review: The Courteeners – ANNA

by Alysha Stirling
The cover art for The Courteeners' third album 'ANNA'

The cover art for The Courteeners’ third album ‘ANNA’

Manchester quartet The Courteeners are back with their third studio album ‘ANNA’, which they launched on Sunday 3rd February by playing two acoustic gigs at The Ritz in Manchester.
Having played a sell out gig at the 16,000 capacity Manchester Arena back in December, there was no doubt that the fans were buzzing for its release. The first half of the album sets a promising expectation for the rest, starting with ‘Are You in Love With a Notion?’ which is set to be an up and coming indie anthem.
‘Lose Control’ was the first single to be unveiled from the album, and with Liam Fray’s strong vocals and a memorable riff, it draws you in to listen to the rest. Unfortunately, this great expectation fails to persist. From ‘Welcome to the Rave’ it all starts to sound quite repetitive, nevertheless, it’s upbeat, and a little change to the normal sound produced by the Manchester lads.
Some might say that this album lacks the past Courteeners vibe, with more synths and a pop-esque sound rather than the usual indie rock guitar riffs from past albums ‘St. Jude’ and ‘Falcon’. Maybe it’s due to frontman Liam Fray breaking his ankle last year, which knocked the band off schedule for recording.
There’s no doubt that the album is a success though, appearing at number one in the iTunes album chart. And The Courteeners have certainly got a busy year ahead.
The band continue to promote ‘ANNA’ by playing eighteen gigs around the UK, including Liverpool, Glasgow, Oxford and Newcastle. It starts next Thursday (21st February) at Nottingham Rock City, and concludes on March 16th at London’s Brixton Academy.
1. Are You in Love With a Notion?
2. Lose Control
3. Van Der Graaff
4. Push Yourself
5. When You Want Something You Can’t Have
6. Welcome to the Rave
7. Save Rosemary in Time
8. Sharks Are Circling
9. Marquee
10. Money
11. Here Come the Young Men
Released: 4th February 2013
Label: V2
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