The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

Anna V2/Co-Op Re­mem­ber Cour­teen­ers? Not many will, de­spite de­cent chart plac­ings for their first two al­bums and the pa­tron­age of Mor­ris­sey and Noel Gal­lagher. The big­gest prob­lem with the Man­cu­nian band’s out­put is that it’s sim­ply far too or­di­nary. Liam Fray & co con­tinue that trend with Anna, a col­lec­tion of durable in­die songs that rarely switch tempo be­yond a sturdy, mid-placed plod. The drum-free, vi­o­lin-based Mar­quee and the Muse-ap­ing space-rock of Money break up the mo­not­o­nous trudge. Yet while it seems that Fray han­kers to be con­sid­ered a peer of fel­low north­erner Alex Turner, lyrics such as “Time is tick­ing, I don’t wanna alarm ya/I’ll be your knight in shin­ing ar­mour” only un­der­mine his as­pi­ra­tions. The al­bum is re­li­able but im­pos­si­ble to get ex­cited about. thecour­teen­ers. com

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