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| ARTIST: || Franz Ferdinand |
| CATEGORY: || Music |
| MANUFACTURER: || Domino |
| TYPE: || Pop, Rock |
| MEDIA: || Audio CD |
| TRACKS: || jacqueline, tell her tonight, take me out, matinee, auf acshe, cheating on you, this fire, darts of pleasure, michael, come on home, 40 ft |
| UPC: || 801390002724 |
Customer Review of Franz Ferdinand
homo-erotic blissed out dance punk!
I saw Franz Ferdinand open for Interpol about a year ago, but to be honest, I don't remember them at all. Either I was still parking the car or fighting my way to the bar, but I'm sure that if I'd heard any of the songs here, I would have quit my job and devoted my life to preaching the gospel of Franz Ferndinand. The album really is THAT good.
And altho' they were opening for Interpol, a better comparison would be the Rapture. Or Joy Division. Or Chk Chk Chk (!!!). Who the hell knows? Everything here has been stolen from somewhere else, and I mean that in the best possible way. There's a muddy, lo-fi quality to the sound that blunts the angular edges, sort of like an old Gang of Four record, only catchier.
"Jacqueline" starts out like a sea chanty, 43 seconds of melancholy crooning that make Franz Ferdinand sound like second cousins to the Decemberists. Don't be fooled tho'; it's a set up, a ruse to lull you into a false sense of complacency before the drums kick in and the guitars start chiming through a dance punk arpeggio. "Tell Her Tonight" follows suit, with a funky riff that sounds like it was lifted from "Echoes." "Matinee" veers away from the dance punk, with an infectiously rowdy blue collar stomp straight out of the Ray Davies song book, while "Darts of Pleasure" comes on like "Sky's Gone Out"-era Bauhaus, and then morphs into a completely different song halfway through, with a bouncy Pixies bassline and hyperactive vocals sung in some sort of German pidgin.
"Michael", tho', is probably my favorite song. It's a homo-erotic rave-up that pretty much lifts its lyrics and subject matter from David Bowie's "John, I'm Only Dancing." But like everything else Franz Ferdinand pilfer, they do it a little bit better.
Franz Ferdinand are, without doubt, the most talked about new British band of the moment. Almost a synthesis of the coolest music of the last few years, with some late Britpop crossed with punk-funk and a dash of Coral/-ish madness, their two first singles are almost stunningly great. Great concern, then, that the album might not live up to it. Opener 'Jacqueline' sets worries at rest from the first moment: it begins acoustically before exploding into a rumbling, dramatic song with two brilliant riffs that sounds like The Libertines if they had musical brains about them. Like that band, The Jam is a keen reference point, but there's a dash of The Fall in there too.
Poppier offerings like the disco-ish 'Tell Her Tonight', 'Come On Home' and of course the brilliantly shoutable surprise mega-hit 'Take Me Out' (with at least 3 distinctive brilliant sections, at least 3 brilliant riffs, and a impossible swaggering groove), strike a blow for arthouse indie-disco, referencing Talking Heads and reviving a genre that had become inextricably linked with the hopeless Reef and the slightly less hopeless Charlatans. 'Auf Achse' represents the other side of the album, sitting closer to the crop of 80s revivalists such as Interpol and Stellastarr* than the punk-funk of The Strokes or Hot Hot Heat, and referencing, further back, The Smiths, The Fall and of course Joy Division.
'Cheating On You' is reminiscent of the art-punk of Sonic Youth at their poppiest, except with more British vocals more reminiscent of Robert Smith of The Cure. Blur, too, are a reference point - there are huge numbers of reference points for this album - its not the most original ever - but it is a great synthesis of fantastic styles that perhaps have never been brought together before. The album is also carried by a stunning array of tunes and riffs that convince every time, bleeding cool, sex and brilliance. 'Darts of Pleasure' is just as brilliant as it was the first time you heard it; 'Come On Home' is, and eerie, shuffling closer '40 Ft' rounds things up in inimitable style. This is a classic British album and one to seriously treasure. Its array of songs is incredible and it strikes a blow against the increasingly Americanised world of the 'in' music.
All the songs in this album are fantastic!! Franz Ferdinand is an incredibly talented band that creates fearless music! They respect many different genres of music and they aren't (...) enough to say so. So, you see, you dimwitted metal rock punktards, you don't have to publicly hate pop music to be successful. No fear!!! wooo! music! wooo! WOOO!!! WOOOOOOO!!!
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