Album 0420: Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

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Release Date: 2009
Genre: Indie Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Ulysses (03:11)
2. Turn It On (02:21)
3. No You Girls (03:42)
4. Send Him Away (02:59)
5. Twilight Omens (02:30)
6. Bite Hard (03:26)
7. What She Came For (03:34)
8. Live Alone (03:29)
9. Can’t Stop Feeling (03:03)
10. Lucid Dreams (07:56)
11. Dream Again (03:18)
12. Katherine Kiss Me (02:56)
13. Lucid Dreams (original version) (03:43)
14. Ulysses (Disco Bloodbath Effect) (08:05)

Total Length: 54:12

Ulysses starts off awkwardly, but once the rest of the band tags in they achieve their unique atmosphere that I’ve loved since their first album, and the catchiness takes over to become a solid song. The ending is kind of odd since they use a sample I’ve heard before, and it takes you out of it a bit. Turn It On is kind of simplistic but enjoyable. No You Girls has a lackluster verse, but the chorus more than makes up for it. The chorus is pretty much an anthem.

Send Him Away takes on a classic feeling, it’s neat to hear them do that so well. The tone just plain works here. Of course, then Twilight Omens comes along and blows it out of the water. It smacks you in the face with its opening and keeps up the pace, this is probably the best song on the album. Bite Hard starts off pretending to be a softer song, but then busts out to be a pretty fun track with some good synth sounds in it.

What She Came For is pretty funky and has a bunch of cool moments in it. I think the vocals are kind of odd at times, and is a similar issue that I neglected to mention in the first track. Live Alone has a good atmosphere to, and I like that there are a bunch of different parts you can focus on through the song. Can’t Stop Feeling almost annoys me, it feels like one of those dirt-simple dance songs with its intro, but I still enjoy it.

Lucid Dreams has an awkward intro, but after that first dozen seconds or so, the song finds its footing and becomes probably the band’s most experimental. It kind of flows between its sections in a freeform style, giving no crap about what exactly the last was doing, because now it’s something different. It caps it all off with its last three minutes being an electronic jam of sorts, just kind of meandering around. I’m fairly okay with it, but it doesn’t end well.

Dream Again is more subdued, but seems thematically tied to the previous track. I enjoy the atmosphere on it, it’s pretty great. Katherine Kiss Me is an acoustic track, and the band doesn’t do these often but usually excels at them, and they do in this case. The original version of Lucid Dreams without all the extra bits has a way better start, and is just overall more compact. It’s probably better than the final version, but it’s nice to have both around. Ulysses (Disco Bloodbath Effect) is a long remix of the opening track, and the issue for me is that it focuses on the wrong parts of the song to expand on. I enjoy this album, but probably not for the reasons they were hoping. Whenever they get close to that magical sound of their first album is when it’s the best.

Final Rating: 8/10

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