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Anna

The Courteeners Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 Coop
  • ASIN: B00A40MGL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Courteeners' third studio album Anna arrives two years after the band's Top Ten release Falcon. Recorded in Manchester’s Hertz Studios with producer Joe Cross (Hurts) the album is--according to frontman Liam Fray-- a " new chapter sonically for Courteeners. Our music, like our minds, has evolved and expanded. We have re-arrived - Welcome to the rave”.

BBC Review

Almost three years have elapsed since this Rochdale quartet released their second album, Falcon. A lot has happened in the indie world in that time, and something pretty peculiar has happened to The Courteeners as a result.

It’s like someone sent the band a memo saying that the 80s, synths and not being a lad are in. So after nibbling their nails to stumps, they grabbed a textbook and made a conscious decision to be up for owt.

Falcon was all about mid-paced, sing-along guitar tracks peppered with a rugged brand of Alex Turner-style lyrical drawling and a lot of swagger. The Turnerisms are intact here, but the swagger has diminished and the band has veered in a direction that feels tokenistic, prosaic and ultimately a bit futile.

Lead single Lose Control has a sound reverby guitar hook, but descends into some stadium rock piffle vaguely recalling Friendly Fires. But most of the tracks here are uncomplicated, anthemic by design – and at some points Liam Fray’s solid vocals succeed in lifting things that bit higher.

Marquee offers a stripped-back, almost festive acoustic sound, romantic northern patter smoothing the rough edges. It is, however, followed by the brutish and crude Money. Sample lyric: “Sit down and shut your mouth.”

Although they exhibit new, nostalgic tones not infrequently, The Courteeners remain a band to whom stadium glory seems an ultimate goal – most of these songs were written to be received on an epic live scale. The number of “woah” interludes borders on the bubonic.

But whether this is genetic or spasmodic, it becomes grating. That said, tallying up the “woah” outbursts does become a little addictive. It’s perhaps even fodder for a drinking game, should you be inclined to get absolutely hammered.

Not to be completely unkind, The Courteeners embrace lad rock but do challenge its mandate. ANNA is strategic in its experimentation, but represents a fairly dramatic departure from its makers’ brand, so hats off to that.

--Natalie Hardwick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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ANNA seemed to receive mixed reviews upon its release, not just from critics (who I don't always rely on) but from fans of the band also. Some praised the change in direction, whilst others called the album a disappointment compared to their previous offerings. Therefore, before ordering myself a copy of the album I decided to try it out. I listened to the album via Spotify, bearing in mind the scepticism it had received, and found that the album has a lot to offer.
Opener `Are You In Love With A Notion?' kicks things off in a big way, with pounding drum beats, racing guitar riffs and a successful deployment of a "woah, woah" vocal refrain. It is a pacy number, with a sing-a-long chorus which should go down well at live gigs, and some great vocal hooks in the verses (use of the name Deborah, reminded me of Pulp's `Disco 2000', don't know if that's just me though).
Lead single `Lose Control' is very much a grower, not necessarily clicking with the listener first time around, perhaps due to the off-key, intoned vocals in the verses, or perhaps the more electronic sound compared to the previous albums. It seems an odd choice for the lead single, but it does at least have an energetic chorus which will likely be the first thing that clicks with listeners (the rest of the song grew on me after a while). Next up though is the stand-out track on the album `Van Der Graaff' which perfectly marries the band's new sound with Liam Fray's song-writing style.
Another highlight comes in the form of `Marquee' which sees Fray in similar territory to St. Jude's `Please Don't' although it seems that he has matured since then, and the band have set a more fitting backing track to the lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy 28 Feb 2013
By kas
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Another stomping, anthemic, sing a long record from the Courteeners. This band are vastly under rated, yet they allways produce the goods. See them live if possible, they do come over even better live. The concert I saw them at was a sell out and had been since just after the tickets went on sale, such was the demand. If you havn't got this album, buy it now. It really is well worth the money.
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Right I'll start off the review with, If you are expecting St Jude 2 or Falcon 2 you'll be let down. Like most bands the Courteeners have moved on and developed from Lad Rock rock football lovers to decent musicians looking to make it massive with Anthems.

Liam Fray is one of the Hardest working men in music but I think that's also his flaw. This is a decent album with some of the best songs he's written such as Van Der Graaff but It doesn't feel like this album flows like the other two.

The third album is always the hardest, Be here now by Oasis in opinion was dreadful. This is not a dreadful album nor is it amazing. Take the good songs from the album and wait for Album number four as this band have the potential to be massive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album 8 Feb 2013
By Anon
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Critics/Journalists/'music connoisseurs' I believe have read to much into the 3rd album.
The 'Whoa's on a lot of the hooks and chorus' give it more reason to be a fans album than Falcon or St. Jude!
The Courteeners make music for the fans, for the gigs and the buzz both parties get at the live shows.
This album shows how The Courteeners have taken strides to similarly unique sounds that Coldplay, K.O.L, Snow Patrol put out.

Must buy!

Bring on the live gigs!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 July 2014
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It's not bad but no falcon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 1 Feb 2014
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Probably my favourite album of 2013. Some of the Courteeners previous albums have had a few indifferent album tracks, but this is strong from start to finish, with a nice variety of styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 9 Sep 2013
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I have to say without question, this is one of the best albums that i have ever bought. SIMPLY SUBLIME
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Courteeners album! 17 Aug 2013
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ANNA, the Courteeners third album is by far the most pop-y, accessible album the Manchester lads have made to date
Many of its songs are just anthemic and fantastic to listen to.
An amazing record
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very, decent effort indeed Lads.
Rather Surprised -- thought their third album would be a flop, but so pleased to be proved wrong - would strongly recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Woolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!
An excellent follow up to St Jude and Falcon. An album full of catchy melodies displaying elements of maturity from Liam in terms of variety. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars courteeners
not as good as first 2 albums but a grower..love his voice but and the swagger of the band. Two out of five
Published 16 months ago by stuart irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
GoT this for the wife as she's a big fan, I really enjoyed this album perhaps not as good as Falcon but that was one of the best albums of the last 10 years as far as I'm... Read more
Published 16 months ago by KERRY JOHN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff lads
Brilliant album-the boys keep getting better. Saw them live in Glasgow where the songs from this album went down a storm
Published 16 months ago by Geoff The Lincoln Imp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not their best.
Love this but think their previous albums are better. I am a massive fan, go and see them ever year etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna
Excellent, another classic. Delivery timescales and presentation of product 1st class. No more ferreting around music stores for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Graham Sutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band and getting better
Although maybe not as many great songs as there first two albums, musically the albums is more polished and mature effort.
Published 17 months ago by Dean Blagdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was for my son, who's in Australia so when I took it over for him it went straight into the CD player in his car, he was very pleased with it
Published 18 months ago by hayley hibbert
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