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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0030DQ48Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Second album from the Manchester indie rock quartet. The album reached the Top 10 in the UK charts and features the single 'You Overdid It Doll'.

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Forget preconceptions of boorish Manc laddishness – Morrissey’s championing of this fast-rising band is beginning to make sense. Two years on from their top five debut St. Jude, Liam Fray and his Middleton homeboys present an album to seal their role as the Stereoasisphonics-lookalikes that it’s okay to like. These are strong, conventional songs full of clever flicks and feints, deliciously produced by Ed (Suede, Pulp, White Lies) Buller. That Fray’s savvy, gritty-funny lyrics will be compared to Alex Turner’s just emphasises that arch couplets are so rare in pop today that we only have one reference point outside Moz himself.    

Most tracks bounce at a comfortable mid-pace, ensuring maximum sing-along factor, and perhaps Falcon flags before its end. Yet Buller ensures that even the most throwaway boast cunning builds and kinks, and Fray’s narratives compel you to hear the rest of the story. By now you’ll know radio favourite You Overdid It Doll, its mildly cautionary tale of “a space cadet dressed in fibre glass” driven by a catchy rhythmic motif that’s curiously reminiscent of Rod Stewart’s critically unassailable classic D’ya Think I’m Sexy? If that wasn’t enough for white-trash-disco fans, Blondie’s Heart of Glass is later name-checked by the boys.    

Don’t be misled, though: this remains ‘indie-rock’, albeit tanned and tarted-up like one of the girls on a night out in Fray’s songs. Yes, Arctic Monkeys would be the closest thing – somewhere between Favourite Worst Nightmare and Humbug – but there are enough musical flourishes and pining ballads to earn the band the Elbow comparisons they blatantly desire. (To show they’ve got, you know, soul.) It’s hard to resent their straining when they do it with this muscular elegance.

Maybe these songs lose their everyman anthem cred when Fray lurches into second album clichés of the poor-me-the-rock-god-missing-my-bird-cos-I’m-on-the-road-beating-off-groupies-with-a-stick variety. And the would-be showstopper Last of the Ladies, is plain soppy. But at its best – Cross My Heart & Hope to Fly, Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips, the reflective The Rest of the World Has Gone Home, the heated Sycophant  – this is distinctive and impressive. Falcon will set The Courteeners soaring. --Chris Roberts

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Ainslie on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 'mon the pars on 24 April 2010
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 9 May 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Davis on 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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By M. black on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
a lot of the reviews on here baffle me it's like im listening to a completly diffrent album,falcon is a cracking follow up to in my opinion a very disapointing debut.the courteeners have fulfilled there potential and moved away from the libertines influence of their earlier work.it's good to hear a fine band making rock n roll again,the charts need more like this instead of the empty posturing of kasabian and the overrated arctic monkeys.
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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. Would ave been better off just downloading the singles I liked in all honesty.

the musical arrangements are a definite improvement on their last album but the lyrics are pretty weak. definitely not living up to their self proclaimed "going to be bigger than oasis" hype!
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