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Between June and August 2012, Courteeners appeared at the Chester Rocks, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds Festivals festivals, as well as a one-off show in Manchester to coincide with that year's Olympic Games. In December 2012, the band played another one-off show in Manchester, this time at the Manchester Arena, with support from the View, and at XFM's Winter Wonderland radio festival. The album reached number six in the United Kingdom, number seven in Scotland and number 85 in Ireland.

Anna is an indie pop album that expands on the use of synthesizers and incorporation of electronic sounds that were partially alluded to with Falcon.The touring cycle for the album concluded by December 2010; frontman Liam Fray said the band would take a brief break before starting to work on their next album. We carry a broad range of CDs and vinyl (7”/12” singles and LPs) and specialise in indie, alternative, rock, punk, metal plus a few other genres. AllMusic reviewer Heather Phares said the album follows the "polished, anthemic vein" of Falcon, while "bring[ing] back some of the swagger [from their debut] that was missing from those songs". The pair later met up and discussed various topics, before eventually talking about what the band wanted from their next album. Islington Gazette 's Stephen Moore commented that the "sluggish feel to much of the LP that drowns out, or at least distracts from, what was once a key strength".

PopMatters contributor Ben Olson saw Anna as being "every bit as infectious as their impressive debut, but it is bigger, glossier, and clearly intended to be played in massive, sold out stadiums".He explained that the material on Falcon were written as acoustic songs, whereas for the new material, he was "building [them] up and getting drum beats and bass parts down" prior to them entering a studio. It has been two years since Courteeners last album Falcon, which charted at number 6 and followed the bands number 4 debut album St Jude. Fray described the final artwork as attempting to "convey that kind of elegance but a bit more industrial". The song was released as the album's second single on 6 May 2013; the seven-inch vinyl edition featured a live version of "Last of the Ladies" as its B-side, while the digital download version included "Let Down Your Guard" and a remix of "Van Der Graaff".

On 8 November 2012, Anna was announced for release in three months' time; alongside this, the album's track listing was posted online. Anna is the third album by British indie rock band The Courteeners, which was recorded with Hurts producer Joe Cross and released on 4 February 2013.Fray became aware of Joseph Cross from his production work on Happiness (2010) by Hurts, as well as Cross' own material under the moniker Performance. The band toured the UK shortly afterwards; "Van Der Graaff" was released as the album's second single in May 2013. Push Yourself" is reminiscent of the disco-rock direction of Two Door Cinema Club and Franz Ferdinand. In December 2013, the band toured across the UK to close out the year, after which they went on hiatus.

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