‘You’re not nineteen forever!’ are words I’m sure a lot of us yelled out to the night, pint in hand at indie discos of 2008. Indeed The Courteeners’ classic Not Nineteen Forever has always been the bands go-to-anthem, scoring them a UK top 20 hit and essentially ensuring themselves airplay in football stadiums up and down the country.
Third album Anna, which came out early this year has shown the band are no one trick ponies with lad-rock tunes faithful fans have lapped up with delight, not least of all album opener and latest single, Are You In Love With A Notion?
Singer Liam Fray’s penchant for truthful and culture portraying lyrics remains intact as his smooth, Northern, Morrissey-esque voice croons words like ‘You’re gonna quit Debenhams, elope and get married in the sun’, detailing the concept of a woman who loves ‘the notion’ of love rather than the man she is with.
Musically the song feels perhaps a little dated, had it been released 8 years ago it would have been a sure-fire hit with its stylistic similarities with then-popular Brit-band Doves. Also rather oddly the verses in melody are weirdly reminding of Geri Halliwell’s 1999 hit Look At Me.
Regardless, the boys have produced another atmospheric stomper for the contemporary indie crowds to enjoy and is no doubt a likely contender for a live favourite for the band’s large and loyal fanbase, which in essence is all that really matters.