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The First - Take Courage

Tim Newbound
Tim Newbound 27 September 2013 at 16.07

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Big time, polished and punked-up tunes? Dive right in.

With the release of their second album, rising Cambridgeshire rockers The First could be set for a tilt at mainstream success, and it’d be entirely deserved. ‘Take Courage’ is a record that’s full of highly accomplished melodic finesse. There are a number of songs among these 11 tracks that would likely be big hits for a more prominently established band, in the likes of the uproariously anthemic, swaggering rock of ‘Take It Back’ or ‘Start Again’ with its tints of Coheed’s poppier moments. It’s not startlingly original, but ‘Take Courage’ delivers big-time on the huge, polished punked-up tunes.

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