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Editors’ Notes

Four years after the last Franz Ferdinand album, Alex Kapranos and Co. come raging back with the tightest and most focused album of their career. The Scottish quartet has one foot in glam rock and the other in electronic dance music, making crossovers simple and light. It's actually a matter of degrees between the cheeky, bouncy "Stand on the Horizon" (which wants to dominant dance floors with a nonstop bass line) and "Love Illumination" (where the group cranks up the guitars, multiplies the vocals, and rocks harder than bands whose only job is to knock you out). McCartney-esque pop flows through the smooth-voiced "Fresh Strawberries." FF's most dangerous weapon is how well the members chase one another around the tracks, with bass and lead guitars choosing their octaves and never letting go. "Bullet" is a brutal lesson in team spirit. "Treason! Animals" works even harder. In the softer spots ("The Universe Expanded"), Kapranos sounds weary—but with such a supportive band behind him, he's never lonely for long. The deluxe version adds 13 live tracks, including eight live performances of new tracks to accompany five classic FF tunes.

Customer Reviews


We waited four years for a new album!! I can't wait, the first single is AWESOME!

Franz Ferdinand- Still Fantastic

The 4-year wait was totally worth it. "Right Action" brings the groove that only Franz Ferdinand knows how to make into fantastic songs and albums. DEFINITELY BUY THE ALBUM.

Great album, one of the best ones I've ever listened to.

I listened to the stream of the album and I thought it was simply fantastic. It was definitely worth pre-ordering and I cannot wait to receive the album. Hats off to Franz Ferdinand for once again fascinating us with this amazing record.


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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