Sunday, October 18, 2009

985. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (2004)

Track Listing

1. Jacqueline
2. Tell Her Tonight
3. Take Me Out
4. The Dark Of The Matinée
5. Auf Achse
6. Cheating On You
7. This Fire
8. Darts Of Pleasure
9. Michael
10. Come On Home
11. 40'


The British answer to the Strokes or the White Stripes was actually something very different from those American bands. Franz Ferdinand have made alternative rock-music with the single purpose of making you dance, rocking your socks off as it was.

And they are truly successful in this most impressive début album only challenged this year, as a début, by Arcade Fire's album. Each and every song here is designed to make you move, and it does. More than that the lyrics are funny, the music is attractive with a post-punk quality to it.

Taking inspiration from bands such as Talking Heads or Gang of Four, they had perfect blueprints which could easily be stripped of their political or artistic ambitions and directed much more strongly towards fun. And that is what they do, what they lose in depth they win in sheer "make-you-moveness".

Track Highlights

1. Take Me Out
2. The Dark of the Matinée
3. Michael
4. Darts of Pleasure

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Franz Ferdinand received universal critical acclaim. The NME said that the band was the latest in the line of art school rock bands featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Duran Duran, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, Wire and Blur. It rated the album as 9 out of 10 and said: "This album is the latest and most intoxicating example of the wonderful pushing its way up between the ugly slabs of Pop Idol, nu metal and Britons aping American bands. What these blossoming bands have in common is the absolute conviction that rock 'n' roll is more than a career option."

The BBC's review of the album said: "At only 38 minutes long Franz Ferdinand may not be a particularly long album, but it is a masterpiece of funky, punky, suave cool from the first track to the last." Allmusic rated the album as four out of five stars and said: "Franz Ferdinand ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, but it's apparent that they're still one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage-rock / post-punk revival."

Take Me Out:


Lanark said...

This list is putting together a surprisingly good run as we near the end.

Marilyn Roxie said...

Good to see this one getting a high-rating! It's a shame a lot of people slag off Franz Ferdinand, I do love them (and this album in particular - they haven't been able to top it since). Also "Take Me Out" is probably my favorite single of the 2000s! I'm still hovering about 70% complete with that list/book, I am getting're so close to the end :D