Infinite Shuffle

April 2, 2012

108 – The Courteeners

Filed under: C, England — assman41 @ 2:04 pm

If you’re looking for another run-of-the-mill indie rock/pop band from England, you could certainly do a lot worse than The Courteeners.

The quartet from Greater Manchester formed in 2006 and has put out a pair of full-length albums — 2008’s St. Jude and 2010’s Falcon.

The debut, which was loved by at least one blogger, was filled with a lot of songs that sounded like pretty much everything else that was coming out of the British indie scene at the end of the last decade.

While their sound was not very distinct, The Courteeners did manage to put out a couple of solid tracks, including “What Took You So Long?” and “Cavorting”. The best tune on here — and the band’s best one to date — is “Not Nineteen Forever”, which charted rather well and has been used in several TV shows, including Cougar Town.

With Falcon, the band managed to add a little complexity to its sound and kicked up the electro vibe a bit. In terms of solid tracks, it has its predecessor beat, with such ditties as “Will It Be This Way Forever?”, “Take Over the World”, You Overdid It Doll”, “Lullaby” and “Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips”.

While neither album would be considered a must-have, if you downloaded all of the aforementioned songs, it would probably make for a worthwhile eight-track playlist.

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