Franz Ferdinand [Bonus CD]

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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.
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. [The band capitalized on its success in the U.S. by re-releasing Franz Ferdinand with a bonus disc that features "This Fffire," a subtly remixed version of "This Fire," along with Darts of Pleasure's "Shopping for Blood" and "Van Tango" and the B-sides from the U.K. Take Me Out single, "All for You Sophia" and a loungy piss take of "Darts of Pleasure," "Words So Leisured." While it would've been nice to have harder-to-find tracks, like Daft Punk's remix of "Take Me Out," included here, this set is still a good way to get most of Franz Ferdinand's music in one place.]
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.

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969363027
  • Catalog Number: 93630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jacqueline (3:49)
  2. 2 Tell Her Tonight (2:17)
  3. 3 Take Me Out (3:57)
  4. 4 The Dark of the Matinée (4:03)
  5. 5 Auf Achse (4:19)
  6. 6 Cheating on You (2:36)
  7. 7 This Fire (4:14)
  8. 8 Darts of Pleasure (2:59)
  9. 9 Michael (3:21)
  10. 10 Come on Home (3:46)
  11. 11 40' (3:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 This Fire (3:32)
  2. 2 Van Tango (3:26)
  3. 3 Shopping for Blood (3:34)
  4. 4 All for You, Sophia (3:00)
  5. 5 Words So Leisured (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Franz Ferdinand Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steve Rooke Mastering
Bob Hardy Composer
Tore Johansson Producer
Vivian Lewis Back Cover
Jens Lindgard Engineer
Paul Thomson Composer
Matthew Cooper Artwork
Stefan Kvarnström Engineer
Franz Ferdinand Producer, Artwork
Alex Kapranos Composer
Nick McCarthy Composer
Cerne Canning Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Franz Ferdinand = Genius

    Basically, this CD has been out for quite some time, and the fact is that I never tire of it. Every single song is original, fun, danceable, with great lyrics and vocals and fantastic instrumentals. These guys are incredibly talented, incredibly entertaining, and are sure to go down in music history as one of the greats. If you don't own this CD yet or haven't been properly introduced to Franz- please buy this, you will not regret it.

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