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Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand continues to twist its grooves towards the dancefloor, injecting Brit-pop melodies with the antsy angst of techno's twitchy beats. This is the white-boy disco inferno commandeered as a loose concept album about a night on the town and the morning after. "Send Him Away" shuffles with a sense that somewhere David Bowie is watching, his glam-rock sparkle slipping through the sudden slashes of guitars that cut through the machine-like keyboard blips and runs. "Twilight Omens" kicks in with a warbly vocal worthy of Ray Davies while the music lurches with a mechanical keyboard dictating the unyielding rhythm. Davies' ghost can be heard haunting "Bite Hard," another swinging shuffle that explodes in celebratory glee. But while the group serves the beat with dedication, "No You Girls" sounds like the perfect nightclub pick-up anthem. The band strips things down for "Katherine Kiss Me," the acoustic guitar lullaby that closes the album and tucks the night away.

Customer Reviews

About Bloody Time!

Franz! About time lads! This album was like seeing an old friend in a pub, who had just come back from some amazing vacation: A little different, but in the end you're reminded why you're still friends. With this album, it's safe to say that Franz Ferdinand makes a fairly major departure (A salute for all you HIMYM Fans!) from their previous albums. Introducing new electronic elements into their firmly established rock sound, the two compliment each other fairly well. In the end, I wouldn't be surprised if the electronic sounds take a less prominent role in their next album, but expect them to still be there. The strongest songs are "Ulysses", "No You Girls", "Live Alone", and "Can't Stop Feeling". Glad to have you guys back!

Couldn't have it any better

One would expect a band to change their sound after three years out of the recording studio. In Franz's case this break was well deserved, they have come back with a catchier sound (if that's even possible?) and lots of hit worthy tracks. This album attacks with solid rythems and sick rifts, no track is wasted. Their other two albums are great, and by no means are they worse, but I happen to enjoy this one the most. I realize some may say this is too much of a depature, but in Franz Ferdinand's case, it is more of a well excecuted divergence that serves them well, and will help old fans appreciate them again.

Fun Stuff

Love these guys. After a stressful day it's nice to listen to something that just makes ya feel happy and good.It ain't gonna change the world, but it's enjoyable


Formed: 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Glasgow's art-damaged rock quartet Franz Ferdinand -- named for the Austro-Hungarian Archduke whose murder sparked World War I -- feature bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. In late 2001, Kapranos and Hardy had begun working on music together when they met McCarthy, a classically trained pianist and double bass player who originally played drums for the group despite no prior experience as a drummer. The trio had been rehearsing at...
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