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Editors’ Notes

Remix albums are often dubious affairs. Sure, they’re interesting, but are they necessary? For Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand, Blood, the band’s fourth album, alters the outcome of their previous album, Tonight, to the point that the songs deserve their new titles. This isn’t just a remix, but a reinvention of the group’s parameters. Often steeped in the echo of dub, Blood has a transcendent feel that takes the band out of their current pop-rock milieu and into an artsy landscape where their rhythms are sedated, the bass is deepened, and singer Alex Kapranos loses that hyper-yip for a hypnotic, otherworldly spell. “Katherine Hit Me” cruises with a slight nod towards pop — at least in comparison to the longer, drawn out exercises that form the second half of the album, beginning with the slow, spaced pace of “Backwards On My Face” (which was once allegedly the track “Twilight Omens”) and climaxing with the ethereal heavy dub pulse of “Feel the Envy” and “Be Afraid.” The overall weirdness is impressive. Franz Ferdinand clearly have no interest in having their style or sound pigeonholed.

Customer Reviews

A Second Look

After seeing the review, 'So Sad,' I wanted to write a little to clear things up. 'Blood' isn't the product of FF's planning, but rather some dub work done by their producer Dan Carey. You're right, it isn't another album per say, but a companion to Tonight. If 'Tonight' is a night out on the town, 'Blood' is the underground, bootlegged remix in the back alleys. I've never been a fan of remixes, but after hearing 'Blood' through a couple of times, I'm starting to appreciate them more. If you're a big fan of FF or a little adventurous, give it a try.

Franzy Franz...

This album is pretty good but you could just buy the Tonight Limited Special Edition to get all the songs except for the No You Girls remixes and Be Afraid (9, 10, 11, 12). While everyone is calling this garbage... I actually like it, but then again I like techno so this mix of FF with a techno taste is really appealing (to me). If you don't like techno or you just want brand new songs then don't get this album, but if you want a techno twist of the Tonight album then you'll love it!!

This is a perfect example of...

The mainstream rockers getting dragged into the electronic genre by their leashes. Bad reviews from the Franz Ferdinand faithful are going to fly in left and right, but you fail to realize you're under the 'electronic' section of iTunes. Leave this alone. Go back to 'alternative' if you please. Don't sink a decent or good albums ratings because you don't like electronica. Based on the merits of the remixes and dubs, this album is a good pick up. Worth your cash. If you're a diehard Franz fan, then don't even listen. It's not your flavor.


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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