Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

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Scotland's fertile indie scene -- which has turned out everything from the baroque pop of Belle & Sebastian to the throbbing prog-rock of Mogwai -- produces yet another winner with art-punk quartet Franz Ferdinand. A top-selling act in the U.K., FF answer the post-punk call of New York City throwbacks such as the Strokes, the Rapture, and Interpol. That said, the band

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Scotland's fertile indie scene -- which has turned out everything from the baroque pop of Belle & Sebastian to the throbbing prog-rock of Mogwai -- produces yet another winner with art-punk quartet Franz Ferdinand. A top-selling act in the U.K., FF answer the post-punk call of New York City throwbacks such as the Strokes, the Rapture, and Interpol. That said, the band cover the waterfront on their debut, suggesting the Stranglers with the sweaty sexual innuendo of "Darts of Pleasure," Pulp on the keyboard-doused "Come on Home," and Gang of Four's angular guitar work on the dramatic, funk-rock single "Take Me Out." The twin axe attack, in particular, gives Franz Ferdinand a pep to its step, as Nick McCarthy and singer Alex Kapranos, both on guitar, spar with bassist Bob Hardy, and with one another, on scrabbling, angst-riddled songs like "Jaqueline," on which Kapranos spits out lyrics such as "It's always better on holiday / That's why we only work when we need the money." When he isn't churning out working-class screeds, Kapranos focuses on more corporeal issues, as on the lusty "Michael," which takes cues from a long line of glammy singers who've flirted with ambisexuality -- from Bowie to Morrissey to Suede's Brett Anderson. It may sound chaotic, but Kapranos and his gang wear their influences well, and retro as it may be, Franz Ferdinand's style is fun, energetic, and utterly of the moment.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
While the Darts of Pleasure EP proved that Franz Ferdinand had a way with equally sharp lyrics and hooks, and the "Take Me Out" single took their sound to dramatic new heights, their self-titled debut album offers the most expansive version of their music yet. From the first track, "Jacqueline," which begins with a brooding acoustic prelude before jumping into a violently vibrant celebration of hedonism, Franz Ferdinand is darker and more diverse than the band's previous work suggested. "Auf Ausche" has an unsettling aggression underneath its romantic yearning, its cheap synth strings and pianos underscoring its low-rent moodiness and ruined glamour. And even in the album's context, "Take Me Out" remains unmatched for sheer drama; with its relentless stomp and lyrics like "I'm just a cross hair/I'm just a shot away from you," it's deliciously unclear whether it's about meeting a date or a firing squad. The wonderfully dry wit the band employed on Darts of Pleasure's "Shopping for Blood" and "Van Tango" is used more subtly: the oddly radiant "Matinee" captures romantic escapism via dizzying wordplay. "Michael," meanwhile, is a post-post-punk "John, I'm Only Dancing," by equal turns macho and fey; when Alex Kapranos proclaims "This is what I am/I am a man/So come and dance with me, Michael," it's erotic as well as homoerotic. Love and lust make up a far greater portion of Franz Ferdinand than any of the band's other work; previously, Franz Ferdinand's strong suit was witty aggressiveness, and the shift in focus has mixed results. There's something a little too manic and unsettled about Franz Ferdinand to make them completely convincing romantics, but "Come On Home" has swooning, anthemic choruses guaranteed to melt even those who hate swooning, anthemic choruses. Fortunately, the album includes enough of their louder, crazier songs to please fans of their EPs. "Darts of Pleasure" remains one of the best expressions of Franz Ferdinand's shabby glamour, campy humor, and sugar-buzz energy, and "Tell Her Tonight," which debuted on the Darts of Pleasure EP, returns in a full-fledged version that's even more slinky, menacing, and danceable than the demo hinted it might be. And if Franz Ferdinand's aim has always been to get people dancing, then "Cheating on You"'s churned-up art punk and close, Merseybeat-like harmonies suggest some combination of slam dancing and the twist that could sweep dancefloors. Despite its slight unevenness, Franz Ferdinand ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, and it's apparent that they're one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage rock/post-punk revival.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
1/2 For once, the inevitable U.K.-press hype is justified: Franz Ferdinand's debut draws from beloved Britpop and post-punk bands without the usual plagiarism.

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Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969244128
catalogNumber:
92441

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Franz Ferdinand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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All you need to know is that these guys are the anti-strokes. They don't have rich daddies, don't have £50 haircuts and they, um, are not from New York. They are from my home-town of Glasgow and are the best Glaswegian band since, well, ever. Better than Travis, better than The Bay City Rollers and better than Texas. Alright, so Wet Wet Wet are better than Texas........ sue me. I strongly recommend this album. How the hell can four Glasgow boys get down like this? It is quite remarkable. THESE GUYS MAKE ME PROUD TO BE SCOTTISH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only have their two singles(well, they only have two singles and one debut album), darts of pleasure and take me out are good songs,especially take me out. my body can't stop shaking with the drum. but the best Glaswegian band? no way, i love Travis so much.... a little problem, i only saw their live performance from Take me out's dvd single, and i must say their live performance is not good enough, if they want to be the good one, this is their death point. BTW: the performance at TOTP was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a little while since I have bought an album and have been absolutely blown away by it but this one, this one did it. I can't stop listening to it. Very catchy beats and rythms; it made me want to know all the words after the first time I listened to it. It's the only album that I can think of that I can vigorously sing along to on the way to school at 7:30AM. If only they were from New York City...;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this album with the best of intentions. From what I've gathered from various sources this album should have been the "strokes that it's okay to like". However, less than a week after I bought and enjoyed most of this album I saw it endcapped in the music section at a local Target store. What the hell is up with Music anymore?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Franz Ferdinand (the man): the Austrian archduke whose assassination in 1914 was one of the causes of World War I. Franz Ferdinand (the band): the Scottish dance-punk/80's revival/indie group whose debut in 2004 is one of the reasons I keep listening to music. The guitar-driven hooks are neatly placed alongside a highly danceable rhythm section quite effectively: and the band has as learned much from it's punk contemporaries as it has from the ubiquitous New-Wave groups of the 80's. The foursome's remarkably consistent debut is memorable and scarcely repetitive, with strong tracks such as opener "Jacqueline", funk/pop "Tell Her Tonight" and New-Wave tribute "Darts of Pleasure". However, the stand-out is the single, "Take Me Out", which shifts from an Interpol-esque strut to an undeniably catchy dance-punk swagger a la Rapture. The only thing keeping this album from getting five stars is that there seems to be room for improvement... I just don't know where, exactly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best I have heard in a long time. The songs are very catchy and the beat is very satisfying. By hearing one of Franz Ferdinand's songs on the radio (being the first one you've ever heard),you may think all their songs are probably very similar. If you think this, you are very wrong. All of their songs are actually very different from each other. You can even hear a touch of punk in 1 or 2 of the songs. Overall, I thought this was a very, very good album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow, i'm so impressed with this cd. i absolutly LOVE it. i swear, every single song on this cd is awesome and very addicting. if you are looking for a cd that you won't get hooked on, this isn't it! its sad really, i ALWAYS have at least two Franz songs stuck in my head. they're so good though, its amazing. buy it and see for yourself. i'm captivated, and can't wait for heir future works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline-5 (out of 5) great guitar riffs Telling hertonight-4 pretty good nice vocals Take me out- 7 BEST SONG ON CD!ADDICTIVE! dark of matinee-5 great song Auf Achese-3 begging is really boring.rest good cheating on you-5 great song. gets stuck in head This fire-4 good but get's repetitve Darts of pleasure-4 pretty good Michael-5 second best song Chorus is great Come on home-3 ok song 40'-5 great song
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's one of the best cd's of the year, but don't take it from me, you have to listen to it. "Take me out" is addictive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes Franz Ferdinand rocks. The best UK Bands I ever heard in the UK Rock Bands. Yes I heard it before. I think this is a wanna be Techno or those Disco Rock UK Bands from the 70's. Buy this album and if you like this band, well give me a call
Guest More than 1 year ago
usally i buy a cd and i only know one song of theres and i end up thinking that there cd is ok, and i dont like some of there songs and it seems to kinda be a waste but i still do it for emapmle when i bought this cd. i only knew take me out but i loved the song so much.so i decided to buy it.i went home put it in my cd player and listened to the whole cd till like 2 in the morning!- i went on line like at 8 so you know thats 6 hours of listening to the same cd!and guess what im listening to it now so what do i say?, i say try it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is awsome. Take Me Out Kicks a**.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Franz is so wonderful! Every time I listen to the album, it puts me in such a good mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE FRANZ FERDINAND! This CD is FULL of good songs! ALL of them are great, its not one of those cds where there are a couple of good hits and the rest of the songs stink. THEY SOUND WONDERFUL, they're music is really fun to listen to. I think everyone should have this cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I friggen love this band! their songs all hav a sorta weird funk thingy about em but it still stays in the realm of rock. the part where it out of nowhere changes in "take me out" is sheer genious and the guitar in "jaqalin"(dunno how 2 spell) and stuff rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are my new favorite guys in the whole world and I tend to be extremely selective about music, so you can tell how much they rock my socks. I don't remember the last time when I listened to something contemporary with this much enthusiasm. Their songs are superbly worded and witty and catchy and infectious and impeccably influenced. Shock - the frontman comes off intelligent in interviews! This is impressive. I highly recommend this high class album. The funky disco themes and raw pop are so fresh. Super fantastisch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of the best if not the best i've ever heard. Their lyrics are funny and brilliant but the way they sound is, well, WOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I must say that this is the first band that I have ever wanted to write a review about, so that tells you something. I heard part of "Take Me Out" and loved it but didn't plan on buying the CD. Since I couldn't stop thinking about all the sample songs, I ended up buying it. I have to say that it was definitively worth it. There isn't a song that doesn't have something that I love about it. Every song is unique, producing a very catchy CD. My favorites are "Tell Her Tonight" "Take Me Out" "Cheating On You" and "40'" but everything is worth listening to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my fav. albums of last year! The vibe is awesome and the descent into guitar and bass jammings make for an awesome album...the vocalist has a very smooth voice, and some of the songs will make you reminisce about the Beatles...and then it will start up with the awesome guitar antics once again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to some franz ferdinand lateley and never would have thaught that a band all the from scottland could have such amazing music and inspire anyone who really takes the time to listen i mean they have take me out which was a hit then this fire and they kept coming and i relized how good of a band franz ferdinand was i am a thankful that i get the oppertunity to listen to such good music coming from such a great band . this badnd is a real "thumbs up"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good album overall, with some very strong songs (Take Me Out, Jacqueline), but the band tends to drag songs out when it isn't needed. I don't need 5 extra minutes of the same repeating riffs and lyrics. That aside, Franz Ferdinand are still a very talented group. Some songs are undeniably catchy, and the whole album has a very cool Indie-Rock feeling to it, while managing to be very polished all the same. So, it's a good album, but the repetitiousness will get to you over time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD may have had a few "questionable" or "innapropiate" material, but once you get past that you will thouroughly enjoy it! If you are looking for some songs with good, deep lyrics go look somewher else, but if you are looking for a band with skill and "interesting" opinions, then you've found it. For instance, look at the guitar picking in "Take Me Out". It is very creative, reasonably easy to play (if your a guitar player) and sounds good with the bass and the drums mixed in. Bottom Line: Questionable but interesting lyrics. Good Vocals. Good instuments.