16 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This hook-up between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks plays to their shared strengths: artful pop, wry sophistication and killer choruses. Franz’s spiky guitar thrills and Sparks’ synth-theatre make good bedfellows on songs about pale and interesting strangers, a dictator’s wayward offspring and Hello Kitty machine guns. For all the arch humor, a measure of pathos means FFS never sound too pleased with themselves–not even on the operatic, titled-with-a-wink “Collaborations Don’t Work”.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This hook-up between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks plays to their shared strengths: artful pop, wry sophistication and killer choruses. Franz’s spiky guitar thrills and Sparks’ synth-theatre make good bedfellows on songs about pale and interesting strangers, a dictator’s wayward offspring and Hello Kitty machine guns. For all the arch humor, a measure of pathos means FFS never sound too pleased with themselves–not even on the operatic, titled-with-a-wink “Collaborations Don’t Work”.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
52 Ratings
52 Ratings
timsales

Sparks & Franz Ferdinand Rock It

Two great bands that taste great together. Catchy first song from the new FFS collaboration. I love both bands and especially love Sparks' great return to full rock band arrangements we've not heard from Ron and Russell in many years. Pay attention. This could be one of the great intelligent pop releases of 2015!

JNSULLIVAN

It's Franz Ferdinand and Sparks...

For all of you people who have to even think twice about buying the album remember that it's Franz Ferdinand AND Sparks. That's right folks; two AMAZING bands merged into one AWESOME band, so what's to even think about?? Why is it these bands are so incredibly underrated? Don't pass this album up folks, because you just might not know what you are missing!

Carl John Hall

Looking Forward To Having My Pop-Mind Blown

Wow, as timsales says, "two great bands that taste great together" - Sparks and Franz Ferdinand are the 21st century's musical equivalent to Chocolate and Peanut Butter! "Piss Off" is a great song, but "Johnny Delusional" is a PERFECT pop song, combining Sparks' well know self-deprecating musical hilarity with Franz's ability to sonically hit you right in the heart!

If these two songs are the level of genius that the other unheard tracks exhibit, I'll be listening to this album for years to come!

About FFS

The aptly and wittily named collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, FFS released its first album in 2015, but the project was over a decade in the making. The bands expressed their mutual admiration for each other starting in 2004, shortly after Franz Ferdinand released their self-titled debut; Sparks' Ron Mael gave the Scottish band a song, "Piss Off," that they could work on together. However, the groups' busy schedules prevented them from making the collaboration a reality until 2013. Both bands were playing in California, and Ron and Russell Mael happened to run into Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos when he was en route to the dentist to have a broken tooth repaired. The chance meeting reignited the connection, and the acts shared songs with each other for a year and a half before recording them together over the course of two weeks. The singles "Johnny Delusional," "Piss Off," "Collaborations Don't Work," and "Call Girl" preceded FFS' self-titled debut, which was released in 2015. ~ Heather Phares

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