Sound: It had been two years since their debut album "St. Jude", which was widely well received by critics, but "Falcon" was met with rather mixed reviews. Several people report it as sounding like more of a Liam Fray solo album, rather than a Courteeners album. It suffered relatively poor reviews compared to its predecessor in The Guardian and The Times (receiving 2/5 on both), but major music publications, such as NME and Mojo gave the album positive views.
The album is certainly different than "St. Jude", from the more funky sounds, especially prevalent on "You Overdid It Doll", to the acoustic sounds of "The Rest Of The World Has Gone Home". There is also further hints of Oasis, first found in "St. Jude", in "Will It Be This Way Forever?". The album is certainly more ambitious than its predecessor, but its overall sound is fantastic, featuring a wide range of sounds. // 8
Lyrics: The impression of the lyrics is relatively similar to those found in St Jude. From the catchy chorus of "The Rest Of The World Has Gone Home", to the romantic, heartfelt verses of the piano-only "Last Of The Ladies", to the 'Don't let others judge you' message of "Sycophant". Liam Fray's voice is certainly as good as it was in "St. Jude", and definitely more powerful in certain songs, such as "Cross My Heart And Hope To Fly" and "Last Of The Ladies". // 8
Overall Impression: This album is almost totally unique, especially compared to its predecessor, with elements of Brit-Pop present in some songs in "Falcon". The most impressive songs range from the anthem-like sound of "The Opener", the heartfelt lyrics of "Last Of The Ladies", to the feel-good tones of "Good Times Are Calling".
One of the most positive things about "Falcon" is how different it is. Liam Fray hasn't been afraid to be ambitious, experimenting with new sounds on "You Overdid It Doll", "Revolver" and "Bojangles", the latter two are only present on the deluxe edition.
Perhaps the only negative aspect of the album is that it could disappoint Courteeners' fans who were around in the early days of the band, as it definitely as a very new sound to it. But on the whole, a great album. // 8