11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In best beat-group style, Franz Ferdinand opens its self-titled debut album by claiming only to work when they need the money. It's all false modesty, of course. Underneath the clean-cut, be-suited surface is a rock 'n' roll band putting a great deal of talent and effort into not breaking a sweat. Anchored by three instant classics ("Take Me Out," "Michael," and that starter, "Jacqueline"), Franz Ferdinand has plenty of good stuff lurking for anyone who sticks around. Its study of dance-rock rhythms and smart pop hooks pays off in small gems like "Darts of Pleasure," while "Come On Home" sheds light on the bittersweet feel at the sound's root.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In best beat-group style, Franz Ferdinand opens its self-titled debut album by claiming only to work when they need the money. It's all false modesty, of course. Underneath the clean-cut, be-suited surface is a rock 'n' roll band putting a great deal of talent and effort into not breaking a sweat. Anchored by three instant classics ("Take Me Out," "Michael," and that starter, "Jacqueline"), Franz Ferdinand has plenty of good stuff lurking for anyone who sticks around. Its study of dance-rock rhythms and smart pop hooks pays off in small gems like "Darts of Pleasure," while "Come On Home" sheds light on the bittersweet feel at the sound's root.

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