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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

First essential pop of 2009

Really strong album, and a raw, fun listen. Much dancier than "You Could Have It So Much Better", the only fault is that a few of the middle tracks drag a little. "No You Girls" is arguably the best they've ever done, up there with "Take Me Out". Google the Christian Vorgau remix for a (free) different take, too. "Bite Hard" and "What She Came For" are also fantastic.

Biography

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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