The Courtneys – II – Album Review by Killian Laher
The Courtneys are a Canadian three piece who trade in catchy melodies combined with fuzzy guitars. They released their second album a few months ago and it’s a little slice of joy. Opener Silver Velvet chimes along with Jen Twynn’s sweet vocals mixing beautifully with the gently growling guitars. Songs like Country Song and Minnesota have a kind bittersweet, nineties feel, like Juliana Hatfield or Belly, with some serious guitar work from Courtney Loove. It does get a bit samey after a while though it’s safe to say if you like one of these songs, you’ll like them all. The only slight misstep is Lost Boys, in that it’s a decent tune but it goes on for far too long at nearly seven minutes, though it does a nice line in nostalgia with the lyric “you look just like you did in 1986.” Towards the end Iron Deficiency copper-fastens the retro feel with chanted riot grrrl-style vocals.
It’s not particularly ground-breaking but for fans of this sort of ‘bubblegrunge’, it’s faultless stuff. This will warm the heart of anyone pining for sunnier weather.
Track List –
1. Silver Velvet
2. Country Song
5. Lost Boys
8. Iron Deficiency
9. Mars Attacks
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