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Franz Ferdinand Import

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Kim Burrell ~ Franz Ferdinand

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. 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 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 even to those without slanty, messy haircuts. --Mike McGonigal
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0001ZMWQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First off, I'll start out with the obligitory fair warning: You'll hear Franz compared to almost every band that has had some success in the past 2 years...everyone from The Strokes to Interpol and beyond.
Truth is, although Franz Ferdinand pays an agreeable nod to a few bands that have come before them, they have developed their own unique sound and comparisons will undoubtedly fall short. The best way to judge would be for you to see what kinds of music I really like. If you like these bands too, you'll thank me for suggesting Franz Ferdinand.
I'm kind of bummed that the album finally came out in the states...I imported a copy after hearing a download from the bands website a few months back. Here's to hoping that the band doesn't attract so much attention that their reputation preceeds their musical prowess.
I love the Smiths, first and foremost...I think they're one of the best bands that ever came together to record music. I like The Cure. I like Gang of Four, Neutral Milk Hotel and My Bloody Valentine. In recent years, I like Interpol. And I like The Rapture and even Hot Hot Heat.
The boys from FF hail from Glasgow, a town that has brought us the creative and musical genius that is Belle and Sebastian. I don't know what's in the water over there, but I'm considering importing some of it.
Franz Ferdinand come out on their debut album as a group of artists formed not for the sole purpose of creating music, but creating an atmosphere and a feeling. Fortunately for us, the guys just happen to be top-notch musicians and they've put together some of the best songs to come out in the past 6 years. Poppy? Some of it, yes...but not questionably so.
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When they released their self-titled debut album in the UK in January 2004, Franz Ferdinand were hailed as the first great new band of the year. Unbelievable hype swirled around the new Scottish four-piece as they burst into the charts with their unmistakable debut. Their debut single garnered many pleasing reviews and made the band one of the most talked about of the year. With heavy-guitars and loveable beats, this is essentially post-pop melodic fun with hints of rock from the punk scene - all mashed together in a rebellious, yet fun-loving, way. The album itself doesn't even manage to make the 40 minute mark, clocking in at 38:49, yet with this album it is definitely more quality over quantity.

Franz Ferdinand have made an impact because they are different from anything else out there. Their beats are repetitive, yes, and their lyrics are simplistic, but it's the way the band are 'marketed', and I use that word lightly, because they are definitely not a manufactured band. They're outrageously camp, eccentric and very geeky - the kind of music you could imagine the high school nerds rocking to, but secretly love yourself. The music is a revelation, and behind that bland and boring, uninspired black album cover lies of a cracking album just waiting to jump into your CD player...

The album opens with "Jacqueline." The song opens softly with a light guitar and the vocals of the lead singer. After around forty seconds the beat kicks in and soon begins a brilliant fast-paced rocker with a definite retro theme. Following this is the excellent "Tell Her Tonight." With David Bowie-like vocals, the band sing about a girl who must be informed of something - the 'something' is rather ambiguous, however, making you think what it could be in the verses.
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No, this Franz Ferdinand is not a person. Rather, it is a Scottish quartet who produced some of the most entertaining rock-y pop of the past year in their self-titled debut, shifting from U.K. stardom to the U.S. charts as well. It's undeniably a guilty pleasure, but it's also fun, catchy and fairly original.

The self-titled album starts off on a strong note with the bass-heavy pop "Jacqueline," the kickoff to a slew of rock-tinged songs (the catchy, heavy "Take Me Out," the slithery "Darts of Pleasure"), vaguely arty pop (the addictive "The Dark of the Matinee"), before finishing off with the quirky percussion, riffs and "la la la"s of "40'."

There is also a bonus CD, which has a few songs tacked in from their "Darts of Pleasure" EP. Among the stuff on this bonus disc is a low-key remix of "This Fire," the overwrought "Shopping For Blood," and the geekily gleeful glam of "Van Tango." The demos aren't nearly as enjoyable -- they're rough, which is to be expected, but they are also slurred and not catchy.

One of the most pleasant things about "Franz Ferdinand" is the sense of fun that permeates the music. It sounds like a bunch of lads having a great time as they make some very danceable music. There are some dud melodies ("Tell Her Tonight") after their strong opener, but it's all fairly entertaining.

However, Franz Ferdinand needs to work on their melodies -- they're pretty entertaining, but somewhat repetitive, like the rising and falling riff in "Michael." The riff's good, but it fails to go anywhere. More solid are the bass lines and the thrashier guitar work, backed up some equally solid percussion. And they have a great sense of what makes a good pop-rock tune, able to be catchy without being flimsy.
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