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Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz FerdinandAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic / Domino
  • ASIN: B001KL3GY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ulysses
2. Turn It On
3. No You Girls
4. Send Him Away
5. Twilight Omens
6. Bite Hard
7. What She Came For
8. Live Alone
9. Can't Stop Feeling
10. Lucid Dreams
11. Dream Again
12. Katherine Kiss Me

Editorial Reviews

2009 release, the third album from Glasgow-based modern rockers. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand sees them taking a step back from the Post-Punk revival sounds that gave them their breakthrough. With Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, the band are seen to incorporate more disparate influences such as Jamaican Dub and elements of Electronica. What remains of the old Franz Ferdinand is their knack for locating a danceable rhythm and their gentle, deadpan humour. The choice of Dan Carey as producer is in keeping with this new direction, the past credits of whose include CSS and Hot Chip.

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Return for Franz Ferdinand February 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
As much as I loved "Take Me Out" when it first reared it's head in 2004, I hated Franz Ferdinand because they'd become the most over-hyped indie-band ever. Everywhere you turned around, Franz Ferdinand appeared. I knew they were a solid, sound band, but I was like "are they really worthy of all this hype?" The answer to that question was of course, no, at least in my eyes, but I always thought the band was good, if not great. Their self-titled debut of course went platinum here in the States, making you think 'oh they're not so indie, now are they'. However, their second album, the underrated YOU COULD HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER flopped, selling under 400,000 in the states. A four year hiatus brings us to TONIGHT, which doesn't necessarily trump their debut, but does reinstate some of the glory of their debut. It is doubtful that Franz will ever have another "Take Me Out" (they were semi-close with "Do You Want To"), but tracks like "Ulysses" and "No You Girls" are pretty good if I may say so myself. Gnarls Barkley didn't return with another "Crazy" after all, now did they?

The album starts with the brilliant "Ulysses", which in my eyes is one of Franz's best and most fun tracks. Maybe it's not "Take Me Out", but it comes pretty close. The synthesizer sounds and guitar effects add to the greatness that is "Ulysses", a certified indie-rock gem. "Turn It On" keeps the momentum going, causing TONIGHT not to miss a single beat. With Franz's signature thick bass lines, "Turn It On" reminds us that despite the over-hype given to Franz Ferdinand in 2004, they really are one of today's greatest rock bands. Not even 4 years could deteriorate that reputation.

"No You Girls" keeps driving TONIGHT with another genuine hit.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 2009 May Have Already Been Released January 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Franz Ferdinand has been getting funkier with each album they've released, and I'm lovin' it. I would pay 20 bucks just to own the song Lucid Dreams. It is, by far, one of the coolest songs I have ever heard in my life. Even in the midst a global recession, this album is one thing that you gotta shell out some cash for.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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When I first heard this I was a but puzzled...was it worth the 3 year wait? Now I've heard it several times and I and COMPLETELY satisfiied...I love that they are experimenting and making music that maybe I don't understand the first time I hear it. Hey they're the band... they should make music THEY like and WE have to catch up to THEM. I think listening to LUCID DREAMS (CD version) must be similar to what it was like to listen to Revolution # 9 from The White Album in 1968. Weird..I don't get it...but I like it...I think...This CD is GREAT in headphones...all kinds of little nuances...sometimes the vocals suddenly sound like Alex Kapranos is whispering in you ear. And Congrats for keeping it to 40 or so minutes...It really seems like an ALBUM and not just a collection of songs to fill the 80 minute CD length
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album, and their best song January 29, 2010
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There is something to like on each of FF's albums, but what really sets apart "Tonight" is the fact that the entire album is better than average. There is not a single song that i have to skip. From top to bottom you have single-worthy songs except for a couple slower songs at the end.

But the absolute best thing about this album is LUCID DREAMS. I had never seen FF live before i bought this, and i had no idea that the song had been around for a while as a special treat for live shows.

But after listening to that song my life was changed. It is unlike any song i have ever heard. It is unlike previous FF songs. It is a sonic masterpiece that i have listened to ATLEAST 5 times EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last 5 months. The song never gets old. Every single time i reach the chorus i cant help but sing along with a giant grin on my face. It is the kind of song that 40 years from now it will still have the same energy.

Considering how utterly awesome Lucid Dreams is, i would pay $100 for this album just so i could hear musical perfection before i die
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely exceptional beginning to end May 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
These days it is extremely rare that I find an album I can enjoy from beginning to end. One where none of the tracks sound like "filler". I can say with confidence this is one of those rare albums. With a very original sound that will make you want to move this album has it all. Not only do these guys rock the house, they give you a little sample of dance, funk, disco and blend it in beautifully to create an unforgettable and irresistable product. Not only is this my favorite Franz Ferdinand album, it is one of my favorites that I've ever had. A must for anyone who appreciates good music and wants something different for a change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Enigma that is Franz Ferdinand February 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Trying to describe FF's music is like trying to describe the expression on the face of the Mona Lisa. Their inscrutability is part of their charm. It's a rock sound, but not in the traditional sense. It's pop, but heavier than most. You can dance to it, but it goes deeper than that. Their 3 albums, while retaining a consistency of sound, represent a process of evolution. The second one was a smooth but noticeable maturity over the first. This third one takes it all further.

Takes what further? Well, that's the part that is hard to explain. Lyrically, their songs are what they always have been: urbane, playful, clever and sly. There are insinuations and innuendos, frequently sexual, in many lines, but it's hard to pin down their exact meaning. For instance, in "No You Girls" there's "kiss me where your eye won't meet me". What, exactly, is meant by that? In "Live Alone" the singer says fervently "Wherever you are, I'll be wishing I could be there", then casually mentions a NYC taxi driver and wants the driver to imagine having a drink with him (?). Further, one song can represent a world of innuendo in itself, not clearly explained but somehow still having a vague validity. "Bite Hard" asks, among other questions, "Are you happier now that the gods are dying?" "Lucid Dreams" is all about dream worlds, including flying to Istanbul. All this is OK. We learned from The Beatles and Bob Dylan that the lyrics of pop music poetry don't have to have a concrete literal meaning to convey an idea or feeling.

Musically, "e" words come to mind: "experimental", "energetic" and "entertaining". FF manages to incorporate many genres of past and present pop into a cohesive whole.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album !
Catchy, extremely well put together songs. I find myself listening to this cd over and over again. Every song is good...
Published 1 month ago by R. TAT
3.0 out of 5 stars Product was perfect...
... it's the album I'm disappointed with. I probably should have just tried harder to find it online for free and kept a couple tracks, because I know I'll hardly listen to this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This a great disk! If you don't own this you should purchase it right now! No throw away songs on this! Great Stuff!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Andrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Tonight and the Morning After
Alleged to be a concept album about a hard party of a night and the following morning, Franz Ferdinand attempt to shift direction on their third album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album by Franz Ferdinand
Love this album for its rock quality & lyrics - But then again I love the band & their other albums too!
Published 14 months ago by A. Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Franz Ferdinand
I have been a fan of Franz since Take me Out first aired, but it seems they took a hiatus for a while where I didn't hear much that I liked. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jay R
5.0 out of 5 stars Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand never fails to impress me. I don't know how they do it, but they manage to keep making great music with monotone-style vocals. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Aston
3.0 out of 5 stars I miss the sense of fun
I bought You Could Have It So Much Better on a whim after digging "Do You Want To," the theme song on an anime, Paradise Kiss. Read more
Published 22 months ago by fathoming
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best since their first album...
Just listened to this album after not hearing it since it first came out, and after playing the first 2 albums first. IMO this is almost as good as their debut, just not quite. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Vinny Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Balancing greatness and blandness on a kinfe's edge
Franz Ferdinand offer their glitzy art-pop with some good melodies here, some catchy choruses there, and a sea of textures. Read more
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Is the 2xCD version being released in the US?
Nope. I looked for any indication everywhere of a release in the states and came up with nothing. However, I ordered my copy from Amazon.co.uk and it converted roughly to $16 with the air mail shipping. Only 6 bucks more for the special ed. The only downside is I have to wait something like an... Read more
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