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Falcon [Import]

The Courteeners Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B00338T6C4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,292,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Took You So Long?! 26 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Courteeners were certainly at the tail end of the libertines wave with debut St. Jude - an attempt to make jangling indie pop stadium sized, with mixed success at best. Songs such as 'Fallowfield Hillbilly' seem to be in the distant past now though, as Liam Fray and company have tightened up and with a little help from Ed Buller have produced an album of truly gargantuan propotions. Strings, Delay Pedals and Melancholy are all plentiful, and throughout there are obvious comparisons to U2, Coldplay or fellow mancunians Elbow. Fray's voice in particular is much better and compliments the overall sound, which clearly has a more practiced band at the heart.

1) The Opener: A lyrically unsubtle song about Manchester, with a melody as good as any on St. Jude. Might have expected a larger song for, well, an opener, but that it isn't shows how the band have progressed. 7/10

2) Take Over The World: A string laden Anthemic tune which unfortunately, despite the skyscraper-sized guitars, seems just the wrong side of a Take That tribute, or at best Embrace. Still, even casual fans will no doubt adore this live (if indeed casual Courteeners fans exist). 5/10

3) Cross My Heart and Hope to Fly: Initially a free download that marked a very different direction for Falcon, and a darker side that was definitely exciting to hear. Gloomy 'woah-oh's and staccato piano build up an atmosphere, but the song itself is probably one of the weaker on the album. 6/10

4) You Overdid It Doll: The title's daft, but definitely worthy of being lead single off the album. Sounds like New Order's bigger, angrier brother, adding some much needed vigour to all the thoughtfulness in the album. 9/10

5) Lullaby: This perhaps personifies the new look Courteeners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It took a while, but I love it now! 9 May 2011
By Steven
Format:Audio CD
I got into The Courteeners in a weird way - through playing PES2010 - and bought St Jude, loving it straight away. I soon followed up and bought Falcon. Unlike the first album it took more listens to get into the album but eventually, one song at a time, they won me over. There are many songs I love but more than any Cameo Brooch is an excellent four minutes of British music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, not The Smiths/Libertines 24 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Great album - as mentioned by a lot of people, musically comparable to later Doves/earlier Elbow (the gravelly voice of the singer is a joy), lyrically resembling the 1st 2 Arctic Monkeys albums (listen to the chorus of "The Opener" - genius). 1st album St Jude is great admittedly and - if you enjoy plinky plonky Smiths/Libertines (albeit more skilfully played than Messrs Barat and Docherty) guitar work - choose that. However, if your after more of the thick, layered, driving guitars on St Jude single "Not Nineteen Forever", buy this - it wont disappoint.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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On Falcon, their second album, The Courteeners progress from the angry yet melodic Libertines-esque racket of their debut record. There are pianos, giant synth swooshes and layered vocals...the album is reminiscient of Pulp at times, what with the plaintive baritone of Liam Fray married to an expansive, synth-layered sound: on scanning the album notes it is no surprise therefore that Ed Buller, producer of Pulp's seedy disco nineties classic album A Different Class is on production duties here. Cameo Brooch and Last of the Ladies push the Courteeners into a lusher, more sensual songwriter direction: Good Times Are Calling is sensational, the standout track of the album, a Doves-esque, staccato medlodic joy. Sycophant and the closer, Will It Be This Way Forever? hark back to the nervy, guitar bile and spittle of the debut album. You Overdid It Doll will just about get away with its similarity to Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out to become an `indie dancefloor classic' and Cross My Heart And Hope To Fly is Elbow with a cocky swagger. The Courteeners have evolved their sound on this second album and Falcon is hugely satisfying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falcon Brilliant! 3 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
The latest from The Courteeners is a brilliant album, equally as good, if not better than their debut, St. Jude. There are more acoustic-type songs than rockers on this album, but that isn't a problem, especially since the acoustic sngs included here are superb, lyrically and melodically. Particular highlights for me include "Cameo Broach" and "The Rest Of the World Has Gone Home". There are some rockers, such as "You Overdid It Doll" (which should have easily got to number 1!!) and "Sycophant" which is also brilliant. "Will It Be This Way Forever?", the albums closing track could be the new James Bond theme tune!!

Highly recommended for Courteeners fans and for fans of rock and Britpop in the vein of Oasis, Pulp, Blur etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CD 24 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this on the strength of "You overdid it doll". I still love this track however I did not love so much the other tracks on the CD. so its 3 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 19 May 2013
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Another great album from my favourite band. A much underrated band with great music and great lyrics. Buy all three!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Falcon 13 May 2013
By Rob
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's an ok album in my opinion but a bit bland, the songs don't really stand out which is a shame as I loved their first album and still listen to it today
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Since St Jude
The best two back to back albums I have heard, and very impressed with difference from the first album. Liam is a legend!
Published 17 months ago by Neil Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
Had only heard a little of Courteeners music so was really pleased to enjoy the whole album Will keep an eye out for more !
Published 17 months ago by mustbmad
1.0 out of 5 stars where is it
i am just woundering why have you have not sent my parcel out yet it has been over a 2 week now and it say has not been dispatch and i have had no email telling me why x
Published 23 months ago by grant
3.0 out of 5 stars insipid
This album is neither one thing nor the other. It lacks the vitality of their first album and yet does not have the sweeping orchestral sounds of more commercial albums that it... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Aileen Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible
I enjoyed this album, it is fairly commercial so a lot of the tunes caught my ear.
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Bumblesquat
3.0 out of 5 stars one or two stand out tracks
An okish album but purchased on the strength of one or two excellent tracks (you over did it doll) the rest of it is pretty mediocre. Read more
Published on 15 May 2010 by Cathy Linton
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy second album
Better than their first long player, the Courteeners have come up trumps with Falcon. The somewhat bitty first album of St Jude has progressed into this second outing and things... Read more
Published on 13 May 2010 by Philhydro
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
It was bought as a present for a mate and he loved it, as did his wife and two teenage children. Apparently a family favourite!
Published on 1 May 2010 by Jasmine A. Khan
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