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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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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic / Domino
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B001KL3GY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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