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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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1. jacqueline
2. tell her tonight
3. take me out
4. matinee
5. auf acshe
6. cheating on you
7. this fire
8. darts of pleasure
9. michael
10. come on home
11. 40 ft

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arch Dukes July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1990 Glasgow was named "European Capital of Culture." In 2004 it finally merited the title by serving as the launchpad of one of the most cultured rock bands on the planet: Franz Ferdinand, a group of four musicians from different parts of the UK, who met less than 2 years ago on the Glasgow student/club scene.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calm Down! July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Hey, listen for just one minute. Why are you guys all arguing over these reviews??
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!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Franz Ferdinand's shallow debut album is arguably the worst thing that has happened to Rock'n Roll Revival so far. If they're too lazy to give any meaning to what they do, maybe we should feel too lazy to buy their records. Who said danceable music has to be music of no importance? Buddy Holly, The Beatles, New Order, Pulp... All proved you don't have to sell out to produce amazing disco tunes. I wasn't surprised to learn that Franz Ferdinand took half of their inspiration from Duran Duran. Bands who make danceable music for the sake of it ain't what Rock'n Roll needs!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ewww July 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I'll admit it I looove "take me out" (that's probably because my favorite band is Led Zepplin, and some people say the riff's stolen from them, but anyway...) I bought the cd and the rest of it SUCKS! Boring-ly repetative...everything! Beats, lyrics, notes, everything. If you're a fan of pop-type dance remixes, you might like it, but otherwise, don't waste your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garage rock ? Or do we even compare ? July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
The term garage rock seems to loosely float around, anytime a band has vintage instruments, dirty hair, and wear scruffy attire, they're lumped into that class. So with assumptions being made that these guys are linked to The White Stripes, The Strokes, and Interpol...give them a chance, you'll be surprised.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Stop Listening To It July 18 2004
By Mr. J
Format:Audio CD
Franz Ferdinand maybe one of the best new bands out there today.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good condition as a cheap price. Great buy for me.
Published 2 months ago by Harold Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a while...
When I first purchased this album & bought it for the power songs. I then noticed they were pretty much the only songs & enjoyed. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2008 by Martine
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Album.
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 more
Published on Oct. 29 2005 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Franz Ferdinand are the best band out there right now...
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 more
Published on Sept. 17 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Why all the hype?
I bought this album before "Take Me Out" had hit the radio and I was disappointed from the beginning. Read more
Published on March 28 2005 by "itwouldbeme"
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published on March 19 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped Garbage
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 more
Published on Feb. 11 2005 by Jeff V
4.0 out of 5 stars The best album I heard in 2004!
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 more
Published on Feb. 5 2005 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars A listening Pleasure.
One of the coolest Cd's of the year. This Scottish Quartet has
mixed 80S NEW WAVE, WITH 70S DISCO brilliantly. KEEPS You moving while listening. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2004 by "scapin11"
3.0 out of 5 stars bad rock or good music?
this album is a return to the dark side of the 70s where rock slowly evaproated into whatever the heck the 80s were. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2004 by walid habboub
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