The Courteeners - Falcon (3 stars)

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The Courteeners - Falcon

(A&M Records)

The second album from The Courteeners proves that this Manchester band aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves. Openly describing themselves as a mix of Morrissey, Elbow and The Verve, these musical patrons clearly hold great sway over the band’s derivative sound. Delivering a touching slice of indie rock that will charm fans of the old-school Britpop genre, they’ve chosen to steer well clear of the electro that is beginning to overpower indie, and it works. ‘The Rest of the World Has Gone Home’ is a stand-out track, while new single ‘You Overdid it Doll’ sounds like the anthem to a Mancunian lad’s night out. In a good way.

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