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Franz Ferdinand is an unrelentingly smart, fluffy, and fun debut. This Scottish four-piece plays vaguely angular, guitar-heavy post-pop that makes you want to dance around the room while playing air guitar. It's the ideal hipster guilty-pleasure music for 2004. This is what the Rapture and Interpol would sound like if they wrote songs half as good as those they rip off, or the Strokes if their parents had sent them to art school instead of the fashion academy. Every song on here is so blatantly derivative it sounds almost original, like a modern Blur without the gloomy hangover. It's too early yet to tell if this is just a band for the moment or one for the ages--but who really cares with pop music, anyway? Songs like "Darts of Pleasure," "Come on Home," "Take Me Out," and "Cheating on You" are so good they will surely appeal to those without slanty, messy haircuts. --Mike McGonigal
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Their cultural depth is nowhere more evident than in the skillful use of Surrealist collage and Soviet Constructivism to highlight the mechanical, brutalised feel of the music on the video for "Take Me Out."
Although often called a hard city, musical tastes in Glasgow have always been more fey, louche, and decadent, in an old-fashioned Weimar Republic sort of way, leading to music that is both more unique and, until now, less commercially successful than the beerish, laddish rock or druggy blip-blip stuff that has (mis)represented Britain over recent years.
Franz Ferdinand's take on post-punk, retro 80s, art rock (with globs of funk and lounge singing thrown in) is among other things, an expression of this. The attitude -- angular guitars/ rushed, glib, affecting arrangements/ detached, ironic singing -- fits perfectly with the slightly peeved way people feel in big cities, unleashing some of the same modernist angst still associated with bands like Joy Division, but with a Talking Heads sense of fun.
Catchy yet edgy; traditional yet fresh!
Ok from the beginning...I'm at University in Glasgow (the city where FF are from) and have seen these boys live twice. I have also met them and got my album signed( all really nice guys). I think this gives me the authority to tell you...buy this album!
Don't compare them to anyone, they're unique with their catchy riffs and witty lyrics. Not too heavy, just really catchy. Just enjoy the experience, there's not a poor song on here. Definitely one of those albums you can play the whole way through without skipping tracks.
(Ps Franz Ferdinand is someone's name. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was asassinated 28th June 1914 in Sarejavo, Bosnia. Undoubtedly one of the factors fuelling the beginning of World War 1. So there you go!)
The decimal that seems to seperate these guys from their often-connected peers is their array of dazzling confidence and their ability to make something out of nothing. The foursome show hints of influence ranging from Blondie, Gang of Four and even a little Talking Heads for good measure, the overall execution works nicely. The smooth bass lines, some could contest with a statement such as - "The bass is pure monotony, so much that it sounds like disco". Wait a second there, disco ??? Ok, so maybe this quartet can dish out snazzy hooks, and occassionally play around with dance-inspired rythym, but their music as a whole bends the rules a bit by including lo-fi recording (Ok so that's all they share with The Strokes) and splicing that with a good foundation of musical talent. Better yet, they actually have a singer who can sing and they don't have arrogant attitudes from hell.
There must be something in the waters of Glasgow, first Mogwai then Belle and Sebastian, now Franz Ferdinand. For $12 I suggest picking this album up. A track like "Dark Matinee" holds such a groovy hook that will make even grandma shake her ass. It's just fun music to listen to, so what if they won't be around four or so years from now.
1.Jacqueline- Nice Spoken intro that just turns right into a jam. A Party beats work anyday, whoo! 5/5
2.Tell Her Tonight- Fun and catchy. 5/5
3.Take Me Out- Excellent! The lyrics and beat are fantastic. 5/5
4.Dark of the Matinee- I love this song too. 5/5
5.Auf Achse- I imagine it's about going crazy over a girl that you want but you can't have. 4/5
6.I'm Cheating On You- A fast and catchy song. Break ups never sounded so fun before, did they? 4/5
7.This Fire- There is a fire inside everyone that burns but it can get out of control at times. It could mean anything, anger, passion, and other things. 5/5 One of my favorite songs.
8.Darts of Pleasure- Surrender to love and passion. It's an excellent song but how can lips undress eyes? I like the chant at the end but I have no idea what it means, heh. 5/5
9.Michael- This really took me by suprise. It's interesting. From the rest of the cd, I doubt it's serious. Even if it is, I don't really care. I really like it though. 5/5
10.Come On Home- The sound is great. Sure it's not the best but it's really enjoyable 4/5
11.40'- See last track 4/5 It works as an ending.
I can sing to evey song, the album is just that good. I can't wait untill they release another album.
Most recent customer reviews
When I first purchased this album & bought it for the power songs. I then noticed they were pretty much the only songs & enjoyed. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2008 by Martine
I do not buy a cd on the strength of one or few songs unless those songs can redeem its entirety(Foo Fighter's "All My Life"). Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2005 by bookworm
This is such a great CD and I would, and have, recommended it to everyone I know. All of the songs are so good that I don't know how they decided which ones to make singles. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2005
I bought this album before "Take Me Out" had hit the radio and I was disappointed from the beginning. Read morePublished on March 28 2005
This C.D. is amazing. I love take me out, auf achse, the dark of the matinee, and this fire. Not only are the lyrics good, but the music is great too! This C.D. Read morePublished on March 19 2005
I love the songs Take Me Out and Auf Asche, but for the most part this album blows, and the hype is completely unjustified. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2005 by Jeff S
I got this album after hearing the first single, Take Me Out, a very good song with a catchy guitar riff. When I first got the album, I wasn't that impressed, but it grew on me! Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2005 by Music Lover