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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

2004

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Franz Ferdinand

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I love that this band doesn't sound the same in every song.....but they always sound like themselves.

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In 2004 when they released this no one else was doing this sort of crisp sharp art rock. So unlike a lot of the Indie landfill released around the time this record still feels like a breath of Fresh air. "Take me out" thrills whilst "Michael" makes you smile, and throughout its impossible not to move your feet. 4/5

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An album that delivered one of the biggest hit singles of the 2000s (the me out) and still managed to live up to expectations. Michael and The Dark of the Matinee were also big singles and great tracks but I had forgotten the strength in depth of the whole album. The brilliant opener Jacqueline, Auf Achse, This fire and the final track 40’ the album rarely misses a beat from start to finish. A great pop rock album that still sounds great today.

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didn't give a shit about FF then, don't give a shit now. This is what gave our era of music a bad name "landfill indy"

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5

A near-perfect compendium of carefully crafted punchy post-punk tunes, bristling with brio and bravado. There's not a second wasted in the listening experience for this album - every single track chugs its way into your mind and stays there for good. And you knew that they'd be just as good at a gig as they sounded here. An outstanding album, and one for the ages.

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5

A fizzing firework that has been let off in the face of a child, scarring them for life. They now live a sheltered, quiet life, afraid of making new friends. They will never find love.

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Look, Take Me Out was an all time indie disco classic, and there's some other good stuff in there. The art school thing meant that their videos were quite interesting too. But Alex Kapranos was rude about my boys The Chisel for no good reason, so in the bin with Razorlight they must go. Objectively, the only difference between Franz Ferdinand and noughties blowhards The Libertines is that FF rip off the same bands while affecting ironic detachment. Either way, it's a band that think they're dead clever for shoplifting from Wire, Gang Of Four and Magazine, forgetting that a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy eventually ends up a pale reflection of the original beautiful picture. There's some fun manifestoey ideas behind their style and look, and as I said, Take Me Out is great, Dark of the Matinee is fine enough and mentions Terry Wogan

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5

Take me out!

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4

Solid Album.

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4

Great album with enjoyable hooks and gritty guitar work. Several fantastic songs with Take me out being a stand out along with 40' and in the matinee

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4

It is a refreshing album. Good to listen to after something more experimental or hard to understand. In short, it is a simple album, but here, simplicity it's a good thing.

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4

Great sound, though everything sounds a bit too similar. Not my favorite, but I could listen to this all day.

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I hadn’t listened to this album in 17 years. Made me kinda miss when bands like this were popular.

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5

Of course I love you.

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5

Always love a good Franz Ferdinand album. I also got to find some new gems in the album along with the usual tunes I love listening to!

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5

really solid indie rock that I never thought to listen to before outside take me out

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5

Would play this on repeat on first ever iPod on car journeys. What great memories

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5

Great album, takes me back to my teen years

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5

already know this is one of my favorite albums. didn't need to listen cause it's top on my itunes, but i listened anyways

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5

Every song on it rulz

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5

Great album start to finish. Early 2000s pop-rock with a hint of garage. Fun

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5

Really liked this album

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5

LINDO MARAVILHOSO NEM PRECISAVA OUVIR DE NOVO

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5

Muy bueno

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5

amazing. great throwback. i love these guys

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I was originally going to put 4 stars, but realised I'd heard it a few too many times.

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5

Noire cigarrette vibes. So gud

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5

What the hell? Why can't all the albums here be this good? They have a way with visualization. I love their line, "flick your cigarette and kiss me" from another album, but this one isn't short on the imagery either. You take your white finger Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties And I'm not to look at you in the shoe, but the eyes, find the eyes

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2/9/2022 Today's Album: "Franz Ferdinand" by Franz Ferdinand - I reviewed this album right after the last on the flight home from Colorado and went song by song, but the text didn't save so I'll give a shorter and more concise review Edit: This did not end up being concise. This album is fantastic. Going into it, I had heard the title track, Take Me Out, which is a clear shining moment on this album with one of the best executed beat switch ups and lush background instrumentation and dueling guitars. However, that isn't to say there aren't other highlights on this LP. The opener, Jacqueline begins with a softly spoken vocal before the bassline welcomes in the drums and lead guitar. Like a lot of songs on this record, it is an incredibly danceable track with a great chorus that has a critical message of the daily grind of capitalism. The track The Dark of The Matinée is a mixture of 2000s alt rock and 50s show tune melodies, thus the name of the track. The chorus absolutely slaps and the track in general just keeps a really fun and danceable energy throughout. The slowed refrain that speeds back up into the chorus is incredibly well executed and every instrument is able to shine through the mix. The track This Fire is a fairly popular track that has strange vocal harmonies similar to Talking Heads but the quick and precise drum beat and staccato guitar strumming keeps it very energetic and the finish is very noisy and climactic. The track Come On Home is a fantastic track that might have become my favorite of the record. The subtle, yet dramatic chorus and incredible guitar and synth work gives this song an amazing energy. I should mention that this album has a very uniform sound and despite for the most part being quite innovative with it, the track Cheating On You just didn't do many exciting things with the style. However there are plenty of moments where there is tons of innovation. The track Auf Achse has these ringing synths to back the usual quick drum beat, guitar and bass and it works very well. I also like the bit of German at the end of it to give the title some context and I imagine have a potent message if I went looking for it. The album closes off well with the track 40', which just cements the entire vibe of the track into one song, with it feeling like a culmination of what came before it. It's a much more subtle and chilled out track and it gives it a somber finale feeling. The guitar riff that comes in around 2 minutes is great and the drums/cymbals are getting the absolute shit beat out of them. There's also a really cool synth line that comes in before it cuts back down to the more somber vibe. It leaves off the album in a fantastic way and I just cannot emphasize that enough. This album blew me away with it's creativity, yet consistency. Each Instrument always comes through the mix well and the entire album has themes of break up, anger towards exes (or the other gender in general), and positivity towards being single after a shitty relationship. I love this album and although some songs lack in innovation, it's really hard to complain when the album flows so excellently and keeps my interest so well throughout. If you like alt rock or rock in general, this is an essential listen. Score: 9.5 Phenomenal Highlights: Jacqueline, Tell Her Tonight, Take Me Out, The Dark of The Matinée, Auf Achse, This Fire, Darts of Pleasure, Michael, Come on Home, 40'

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If I transport myself back to 2004, then it's probably edging a 4, but probably more a 3 now. I'll be kind to it for the memories.

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Bah, this is an ex-1001 album. See http://1001albumsyoumusthearbeforeyoudie.wikidot.com/album-artists-a-z-ex What ever happened to Franz Ferdinand? I used to listen to this album when it came out, then forgot about it. Still has some great punchy pop tunes.

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Punchy, funky dance-punk with a hedonist heart. Infectious, punctual hooks and well-crafted lyrics. Standout Tracks - Jacqueline, Take Me Out, This Fire, Darts of Pleasure, Michael

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5

Such a banger of a debut album. Punchy, well crafted pop songs

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5

Chill. Good. "A bop."

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Love this album

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July 26, 2021 Love this! Energetic and there are some good cuts on here other than "Take Me Out".

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5

Awesome album! Pleasantly surprised to find that "Take Me Out" is not my favorite track.

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5

Earned their place at modern pop's top table.

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Eräs levyistä jotka iski todella lujaa ilmestyessään 2000-luvun alussa. Kenties kuuntelin tämän vähän puhki silloin joskus, kun pitkään aikaan en jaksanut yhtään kiinnostua koko bändistä. Pari vuotta sitten nähty erinomainen keikka Kaisaniemessä palautti bändin taas ajankohtaiseksi. Hieno levyhän tämä on, ja hittibiisejä riittää. Take Me Out on vähän liian puhkikuunneltu, mutta esimerkiksi Darts of Pleasure on edelleenkin aivan priimaa. 4,5 voisi olla sopiva arvosana. Pyöristyköön ylöspäin.

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5

This is grear. Allmost every single song is a banger.

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This is lovely, just lovely! Happy to listen to it again.

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5

Cool pop-rock/post-punk album. Traditional mixing and music instruments.

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5

прям в стиле the strokes, а это тоже очень хорошая группа

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Un disco super redondo (comentario obvio donde los haya). Me gusta la portada simple la música desde el principio con "Jacqueline" su línea de bajo y sus guitarras. Desde ahí todo hacia arriba. "The dark of the matinée", "This fire" y la gran "Take me out". La verdad es que hacía tiempo que no lo oía todo seguido y es un disco de 5 estrellas *****.

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Big fan

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5

definitely one of my favourite bands of all time. Really enjoyed Darts of Pleasure more than I ever have before. Huge fan.

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5

Excelente disco. Lleno de rock fresco

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5

One of my all time favorite albums

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I was worried when I got this album generated for me. I knew the song 'Take Me Out', and it's fantastic, but I was worried that, like with most albums that have a super popular hit, the rest of the songs were going to not stand out in comparison. Nothing ever reaches the high of 'Take Me Out', but there are still a number of fantastic songs that make this album a complete experience, and not something you listen to just to hear the one hit.

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5

Fantastic indie rock album

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¡Fantástico!

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5

Indie rock. Take me out.

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So Franz Ferdinand saved music. You see, in the early 2000s music just... Kinda stopped. Britpop had given way to awful shite like Coldplay. House music had grown tired, UK Garage had shot its bolt, and the industrial/alternative scene had collapsed into Nickelback, with Evanescence lurking in the wings. The world had "more important" things to worry about. The history that we believed had ended in 1989 became quite historic and very, very present, and music was generally, and genuinely, awful. Franz Ferdinand changed that. Take Me Out is genuinely a masterpiece. The changing tempo. The catchy hook. The evocative lyrics, dripping with self awareness and beauty of language. Most of all, it is fun. Almost the entire album of it is fun, managing to convey its messages in a way that's actually enjoyable, danceable and not filled with the self-indulgent wankery of their contemporaries. I'd like to say that Franz Ferdinand opened the door to the Scisssor Sisters - the other band of the mid-2000s to let "fun" play a part in music again, but I think that Scissor Sisters had found another way in and were able to steal the silverware on their own. The two of them though, genuinely represents a clear signal that music wasn't dead, just very badly burnt. Good on 'em.

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Esencja garażowego rocka - album wychodzący w czasach popularyzacji indie rocka spokojnie przebił się do kanonu, a inni artyści czerpią z niego inspirację. Chociaż dość krótki, zachowuje spójność i bardzo dobrze się go słucha. Pokazuje też, że do stworzenia chwytliwego kawałka nie potrzeba wiele więcej, niż gitary, klawisze i perkusja. Do tego wokal w punkt i mamy prosty przepis na sukces. The Dark Of The Matinee zaskakująco wpadło mi w ucho.

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5

It is weird to have a “takes me back” experience from and album that still feels new to me. What happened to the last 18 years?! Anyway… this takes me back. When I first heard this in 2004 it sounded really different, really new, really interesting, and really great! This album is adventurous and daring while being really great to listen to and a hell of a lot of fun to dance to. It’s good to dance like a beautiful dance-whore again! “Take Me Out” is still as exciting as ever. This song still gives me goosebumps. The tempo change is incredible - that tempo slowdown is one of the great moments in modern music. Really amazing song crafting. But there are so many great moments in the rest of the album. Franz Ferdinand has a ton of tricks up their sleeve and each time I listen the draw me in more. The album is consistently great. It’s filled with clever rhymes, observations and lyrics. The music is varied, clever and interesting while still managing to be catchy. Another case where I started listing my favorite songs and it was the track listing. The whole thing overflows incredible. I’m so glad to have this back on centerstage of my stereo. Definitely one of my favorite albums of its decade and one of my favorite albums ever!

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5

Catchy and timeless. A great listen.

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5

This was a new one for me. It was fun and I would have been a fan sooner had I known.

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5

This album continues to be infinitely replayable.

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Great mix of Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Dave Clark Five, the disco Era Brothers Gibb, B-52's and Midnight Oil. This is a band I know I could be a member of immediately. I'd be like that dude from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones who didn't play an instrument or sing, and was only there to dance.

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Like.

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I had my fingers crossed that I would have something that I knew today and I love this album so much so that’s good… Jacquline starts the album off with a the only acoustic bit in the album; then the Franz Ferdinand sound pops in this song is so infectious you would probably be singing along by the third listen. Great opener! I don’t hate tell her tonight but it’s always been my least favourite on the album and the only one I would call filler. Then is take me out the big single that everyone will know as you should know it starts with a much faster tempo for the first minute then forms into the stomper it is. It’s great but I’ve always preferred the intro. Now for the dark of the matinee, this is the album’s “ best” song ( not my favourite though) everything from the exploding guitars in the intro/instrumental to the long but memorable chorus and my favourite bit the verses especially the Terry Wogan one! Auf achse ( I honestly don’t know how to pronounce this or what it means in relation to the song) is for the most part a repetitive trance like looming entity of an epic synth-pop track, then is the Franz Ferdinand-y all guns blazing chorus and yeah that bridge is UNDERRATED . I loved this song from day one even if it’s not a fan favourite. Starting off side two is cheating on you, like tell her tonight this is still good but not as great ( still better than tell her tonight though) it’s a crunchy little guitar track and the albums heaviest song still an honest 4/5 track. When I was first getting into the album I would just flick through tracks, barely listen to them and for these next three saw a sample of the amazing music videos, this fire in terms of music videos has the best ( they’re all essentially commies). The song itself is good and I’ve seen it written off as filler which I don’t think it deserves It’s not my favourite but still has it’s moments. ( also the single version of this is shit). Then is darts of pleasure, probably the worst looking music video, is the debut single from this group, the song is probably one of the most distinctive the song is led much more by the pulsating drums the chorus is the best bit but the coda is so memorable. Now Michael is my favourite song on the album, it’s a fun little homosexual flick of a song with great guitars, one of the most oddly catchy choruses on the whole album and that little backwards message. I don’t know why I like it so much it’s just fun! Come on home is a deep cut that I loved so much at the start fine a lot of that love has passed no. But I still love it a moody little track with good lyrics, great guitar work and that little synth break is awesome. The album closes with 40’ a really fun send off track, it’s not as lyrically dense than the others ( they feel more used as a weapon to increase the greatness of the instrumentals) and anyone who doesn’t like the instrumental for this song is just a bit odd to be honest! Thank you for reading my little love letter for the band that essentially started the rudely called “ landfill indie”. I will ask this for everyone just try the other “ landfill indie” albums one day, form a proper opinion and don’t listen to the critics until you make your own judgment!

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4

Infectiously catchy throughout, can't really find a fault with it, but it isn't quite a true classic.

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4

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I didn't listen to the album today, but I have heard it before. Good stuff

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good

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4

Really fun, really smart. Best track: Take Me Out

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Un 7,8

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Pretty Decent, fun and Poppy

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4

Nice rock.

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3.5 stars.

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Chill and decent to work to

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4

Take Me Out

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3.5! Brings me back to middle school and high school. Take me out is a classic.

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4

Average pop music. Nothing stands out, but is easy to listen to.

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4

This was fucking great. I’ve only kinda heard the singles before.

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4

Super fun... reminded me of college

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First half really good, shirt snappy rock tunes. Tails off towards the end bit overall enjoyed i

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Familiarity: 0/10 Notes: This album is a bop. Dance all day. Dance all night Real Rating: 7/10

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a staple of my middle school/high school years

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personalità!

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4

More than just one song. Enjoyable and influential.

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I liked most of the songs but none of them were really able to compete with “take me out”

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4

This such a solid album front to back.

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Tainted love song

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Take Me Out is a personally formative rock and roll tune. Funk roots and grooves sort of blend the first 4 tracks in my mind. Cool theramin into Auf Achse, which is a great track. Michael hits the right vibes. 40' is a great closer.

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Entretenido. Muy guitarrero. Buenas melodías

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Great debut has a song named after me

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"Oh, but for chips and for freedom, I could die" (Jacqueline) "Michael, you're the boy with all the leather hips Sticky hair, sticky hips, stubble on my sticky lips" (MIchael)

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The best example of an Album with a name that is also the band name and also has alliteration. Other examples include ‘the good, the bad and the Queen’. Weezer had An album called Weezer and Greenday had an album called greenday but despite these being repetitions they are not alliteration in my humble opinion. Therefore Franz Ferdinand is the champion!

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Solid and catchy wave of mid 00s blokes with guitars

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4

This album rocks, especially Take Me Out

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This one's a bit of a nostalgic listen for me. Ultimately, I think I prefer their next two records over this one, but the energy here is undeniable. From the spiky riffs and vocal flourishes to the clever, sardonic lyrics, Franz Ferdinand cut a striking figure. Drawing on Orange Juice and other influential UK bands, they also produced something that felt really of its time and like a shot of espresso today. Favourite tracks: Take Me Out, Jacqueline, Michael, Darts of Pleasure

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Whenever I hear the influence of the Scottish indie band Orange Juice in anything else, I'm immediately onboard. What's wild is that when I was a tween, I had never heard of Orange Juice, but I sure loved what Franz Ferdinand was delivering. It was that same indie sound, but adapted for the stadium rock tours that defined the late 90s/early 2000s alt rock scene. Franz Ferdinand succeeds here with their duelling guitars, tight production and witty turn of phrase. Fav tracks: 40", Michael, Take Me Out and Jacqueline

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Despite its slight unevenness, Franz Ferdinand ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, and it's apparent that they're one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage rock/post-punk revival.

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All of them are bangers, not a personal 5 but 100% deserves to be someones

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enjoyed a lot more than just Take Me Out

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“Take Me Out” is still a banger! Love their dancey post-punk with a kiss of late stage Beatles sound. This whole thing takes me back to high school.

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Can't beat take me out.

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Reminds me of the white stripes, good instrumentals and feel, 7.7/10

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An exciting, energetic album. I would kind of describe it as guitar disco rock. Some amazing standout tracks, that almost make the rest of the album feel like filler, even though most of the other songs are ok in their own right.

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-great rock album -I liked "Take Me Out," "The Dark Side of The Matinée," "Auf Achse," "This Fire," and "Michael"

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a wicked blast! great punky pop

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I was pretty familiar with this record. It's got some good tracks but the commercial ones stand out the most to me unfortunately

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Undeniably catchy indie rock, in the vein of the Strokes, the Rolling Stones, and Blur.

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Not bad. Lots of interesting syncopation. The more I listen to it, the more I can hear the Smiths influence and British New Wave as a whole. It's not a straight rock album as it contains, punk, funk, and art music influences. The song structure here is varied with lots of good breaks. The rhythm section drives the whole band with moments of great syncopation and wonderful high hat work layered over a thumping bass.

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4

Loved this, was a bit skeptical with this one. Was nerve a fan of Take Me Out (on this album) but loved it!!

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Loved this one when I was a kid. It still holds up quite well

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Great early 2000s alt-rock statement. Sharp instrumentals and arrangements complement witty lyricisms for an incisive (if sometimes repetitive) LP.

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Great album. Singles are great and album altogether is solid. Some Skippable song but nothing bad.

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Everyone knows that song but honestly this album is great all around. FF are super underappreciated in the indie rock canon. This album rocks.

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4

Great album

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Ja kažem, teikmiaut

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Nikad mi nisu toliko legli kao tipa Arctic Monkeys ili netko iz tog vala. Okej su, ali nikak da dođu meni do tog levela gdje bi ih pustio da mi svira. ___________________________________________ Nakon slušanja dva puta, mogu reći da sam dosta pogriješio i isprike na tome. Album je super, čista četvorka, iznaneđen sam zapravo koliko ovaj album može parirati Interpolov - Turn on the Bright Lights i od Arctic Monkeysa - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

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Buen disco

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I never realized that this band was so Scottish. Pretty quality 2000s alt-rock but nothing earth-shaking. 7

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8/10. Quite enjoyable for the most part some songs were a fair bit better than others

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A little repetitive but good and largely lived up to the popular single !! Like if the strokes were more dancey. 8/10

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First day of 1001albums, so it started off great. Tons of bangers on here, definitely enjoyed the whole thing.

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I had this one on CD back in the day, they were quite hot then and I remember they didn't shy to that rock& roll stardom position (at least Kapranos), I remember the Mercury price and how they were suposed to save rock & roll (same as the Strokes or Interpol a couple of years before). they had a couple of other fairly good records and then dissapeared (I think although I saw them live just in 2019). I had not listen to this one in ages, it is quite good an a good print of its time, I think I should buy its vinyl

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Mukavaa rokkimusaa, hittibiisin olen kuullut tietysti aiemmin, mutta levyllistä ei ole tainnut tulla koskaan kuunneltua, eikä oikein ole yritystäkään ollut. Tämä yllätti positiivisesti. Mukavaa menoa, kivaa kitarointia. Ei ehkä ihan vitoseen saakka, mutta vahva nelonen nyt ainakin.

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5e o kadar yakin ki

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yabanci athena. begendim

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alright ma n

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Classic

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Fan fina ju, en redig banger

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inga dåliga låtar, dock svänger inte höfterna till alla

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Sixth form vibes, still holds up!

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Fun, guitar indie. Taking a lot of queued from late 70s/early 80s. Quite knowingly arty - like a punkier Pulp.

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Wow. I remember hearing/watching Take Me Out on MTV. Has it really been 17 years? At the time I was 14 and didn't really understand Franz Ferdinand or their music and wasn't a big fan. Now I think I understand and like them a lot better. Hard to believe this is a debut album, as sophisticated as it is. I was pretty torn between rounding this up or down from a 4.5, but in the end I'm rounding it down because there are a couple of songs on here that really aren't very good. But there are no really bad ones and I really enjoyed The Dark Of The Matinée and Darts Of Pleasure very much.

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Stort plus för längden på albumet. Så ska det vara

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Good stuff, interesting, spunky and very youthful and alive. I always loved Take Me Out, the lyrics are so good, the sound, the voice and sharpness of the overall sound. Nice one! And the dark of the matinee! What a song.. Sublime lyrics.

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From when I first heard, Take Me Out in 2004, I became a fan. They lit up the dance floor of ever indie club across the world. Them touring this album in Australia was a special time as it coincided with the opening of Spectrum, a venue I would go on to do the art for over the next 6 years. I still love the rest of their work but none could ever match this debut

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One of the best debut albums of all time

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Talking heads on television.

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Love the indie vibes, dig the beats but it's a tad too much "pop" for me personally. Take me out is definitely the top for me though and very catchy.

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Really nice, dynamic. I already knew some songs.

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Franz Ferdinand is the first album on this list that I'd already played in its entirety, and what a banger of an album it is. I adore Take Me Out and played it again several times. It's not quite a 5/5 as there is a bit of filler - but a solid 4/5, and I will listen to it again.

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Solid album with influences deep in the post-punk of he late 70s/early 80s. Suitable mix of indie/garage rock with a slight dance influence. Forerunners of the garage rock revival of the 2000s

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It’s… okay.

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Boring outside of main hits

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Kaks biisiä oli entuudestaan tuttuja, joista toinen aivan läpipuhki soitettu, mut tätä kuunnellessa toimi sekin tosi hyvin. Vekkuli kokonaisuus

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4

fairly gooood. would listen to majority of songs again.

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better than i was expecting. nothing from this era has stood up that well because there was so much paint by numbers in the indie world, however theres some actual content on here. in fact i'll go medium on it, if any of these tracks came on in a random shuffle i wouldn't skip it. i wouldn't have been able to hear it in 2004 but you can very much hear the influences, in the same way you can with oasis.

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I purchased this at some point, for the U.S.-recognizable hit, and ended up liking the whole thing better than I expected. Finely executed, unique sound.

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Mostly brilliant - close to a 5 star.

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File under “whatever happened to” but If I compare this to yesterdays (“Nowhwere” by Ride), this is sonically pleasing, interesting from song to song and full of hooks. Fave tracks: “Michael” “This Fire” “Take Me Out”

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I'll give it a 4.5, really liked it but not one of favorite albums of all time. Hit songs were dope, filler songs were okay

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I liked this well enough at the time, and it seems like they did a good job of raising the profile of lurchy angular post-punk as a whole, so hurrah! Still enjoyable to revisit! Fave track - has to be "Take Me Out" - that's an absolute tune. "Michael" and "This Fire" get honourable mentions...

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I love this album. Some great tracks

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8'5

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Yeah, great no nonsense indie rock for partying, yet with interesting lyrics. Like it!

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A shining light in the indie landfill era. I will never get over the fact that what sounds like the greatest song Josef K never wrote ends after a minute of Take Me Out, and becomes another fine but not quite so brilliant song. But sharp suits, tight guitar lines. Good work.

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I like this album...I like it a lot. To me this is to be lumped in with Arctic Monkees, The Good the Bad and the Queen, the Libertines / Babyshambles and maybe even British Sea Power and The Legends. For me this is the best of the bunch (except for BSP, The Decline of British Sea Power is an incredible album). More consistent in its accessibility than the more lauded Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand has very few missteps and when it hits it's target its a bullseye. A very enjoyable listen. 4 🌟

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A rosey glow of nostalgia from this one. This was everywhere when it came out, and I liked it mainly because I loved the bands they were copying, such as Josef K. Now much further removed, there’s another sense of nostalgia for the time I first heard this. This time I enjoyed the energy of this from the start. And always loved the "It's always better on holiday, so much better on holiday.That's why we only work when we need the money” line as it reminds me of the office jobs I had around that time. But the energy did dissipate towards the end, or rather my enthusiasm for the songs. Some great tunes, and they never did anything as good. But, like the album itself, the idea seemed to run out of road fairly quickly.

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Really good. Forgot how much I liked this album.

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9/10

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When this album came out, I sort of lumped Franz Ferdinand in with The Strokes and The Killers. I really liked both of those artists, but I didn't take much notice of Franz Ferdinand. Listening to this afresh though, it's a really impressive debut. They seem incredibly confident and sure of themselves for a new band, and the songs are really good and well produced. 4 stars.

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Plusik bo wcześniej poza "Take me out" nie znałem nic, a kilka fajnych piosenek jak "Auf Achse" się znalazło. Na minus, że trochę mało różnorodności, czasem mi się wydawało, że wstępu są zbyt podobne w niektórych piosenkach. Plusik, że w końcu coś co można na spokojnie przesłuchać w mniej niż godzinkę XD

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Testing notes

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This was fun stuff. I enjoyed. I’ve known and liked “Take Me Out,” but “The Dark of the Matinée” is a new favorite.

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Pretty consistently good all the way through. Revoked good memories

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Typical early 2000's indie, which I am a fan of. Though here it sounds like they try to be a bit more unique, like on "Michael", and some songs work better than other. Though "Take Me Out" still my favourite track.

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Such catchy guitar licks – the guitar sound reminds me of Gang of 4. One can rant (as I often do) about “what’s the purpose of releasing a post punk/rock LP like this in 2004, so late in the game, blah-blah-blah” but if the song-writing is good, nothing else really matters. “Take Me Out” is epic and since I don’t listen to Indie 88, I still have a few hundred listens left until I’m sick of it. There’re a handful of catchy tracks, though some sound like revisions of the hit. Not a good sign for the band’s longevity. “Darts of Pleasure” I like.

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Its unapologetically getting a biased 4. I have weird (maybe Freudian) memories of this album so was impossible to listen to objectively....

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Genre: Post-Punk Revival 4/5 Another mid-aught’s British rock album that I listened till I knew every cymbal crash, and for what I believe is good reason. This is a 4 not *purely* out of nostalgia, but because I truly feel there’s an undeniable joy within this project. Franz Ferdinand is a band, and an album, that has since faded with the times, leaving little behind as a collective beyond their earth-scorching single, Take Me Out. The reality is that these guys have a fairly respectable body of work, as far as decent rock albums go, but the unfortunate reality is that they never topped their debut. A few songs later in their career are great (I’m QUITE fond of Do You Want To from the album after this one), but they did truly bust their nut here. Starting with Take Me Out, which is probably the best rock single of 2000s (???, I can’t think of a better one), this was a tune that was both familiar, yet fresh to so many listeners. Its brilliant riff, and its distinct disco feel with punk-style vocals on top, made it immediately one of the catchiest songs of the decade. BUT, what lies within is a more-than-decent collection of similar style jams. Tight disco riffs mingle with heavy drum and bass, the vocals stay relentless, loud, and energetic, and it makes for a damn good dance party. Dark of the Matinee and 40’ are my favorites outside of Take Me Out, but cuts like Jacqueline and Michael, showcase all sides of Franz Ferdinand, showing how their particular brand of rock sounds good any way you slice it. Really killer album that, like I said, I think may have died with the times, but this is one that I’ll play forever.

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Yeah ok post-punk revival. I missed out on it at the time, but it's definitely in the spirit of post-punk.

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Catchier than a dinner fad, but not quite big enough to start a war. Really enjoy Dance of the matinee and This fire

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Had a flatmate who listened to this album a bit back in the mid 00s, didn't think much then. Was too much of this rock getting around at the time. These days it sounds like a fuckin masterpiece compared to half the shit that's come out since. 3/5.

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1st time listening. Recognized a few songs. Couple meh's in the mid. But definitely liked it. will listen to it again.

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I'm at odds here. This is one of the first albums I remember owning, and Franz Ferdinand is one of the first bands I remember really liking. That being said, I'm trying to figure out whether I didn't like this album as much is due to changing musical tastes, or just the fact that I burned out a lot of these songs a long time ago. Still have an appreciation for a few, maybe I like their newer albums more? Weird. Favorite tracks: "Jacqueline", "The Dark of the Matinee", "Michael"

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Take you out

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I dig it but they’re didn’t age that well in my opinion. Also, never would have guessed these guys were Scottish

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It’s a good one but I still don’t see the full Monochrome Set influence

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Nostalgia! Take me out was huge

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Decent post-punk revival album, it's ight, there is the iconic "Take Me Out" but there's a lot of mid songs on it

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Tight and enjoyable

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Very rocky, kinda reminded me of Queen

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got some fun electric lines in this one. and ofc the classic Take Me Out.

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This album wasn't my favorite, but I would listen to it again. That probably puts it in the 3 star category, so here you go!

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I was never that much of a fan of Franz Ferdinand at the time, the hits sounds a bit cheesy to me and not in a good way but I did enjoy this overall

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NIce

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Good driving music!

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Good stuff

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Kind of middle of the road indie alt rock. I really liked the big Kinks vibe on the Dark Of the Matinee and also appreciated the self awareness but no other real standouts

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Pretty good - Take me Out is classic, the others are OK

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Aardig

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It's fine

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take.me.out

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Interesting euro rock stuff

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Very cool album, can't be listed to all the time however.

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So, this, along with a few albums from the Killers and The Strokes comprised pretty much all of what i listened to for a solid 6mos back in like 2008, lol. this album is a great listen to, with some great instrumentals, and good composition.

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ihan jees, tuttuja hittejä mutta muutenkin toimii

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Haven't heard this fully before, take me home was a classic, the rest is alright

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Jacqueline mola

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Muy repetitivo el álbum la verdad.

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Kolejny nieznany pick, no i kontynuacja striku wyspiarskiego, bo szkociki sie trafizly, chociaz franz niezle farbowany byl, bo gdyby nie wikipedia i moze nazwa bandy, bo jaki hamerykanczyk znalby kogos takiego jak franciszek ferdynand z habsburgow, no ale muzyka tutaj grana wychodzi poza granice brytyjskosci i amerykanskosci, bo dochodza tu jeszcze influencje niemieckie, nie tylko jesli chodzi o nazwe bandy, wokalista, rytmowo gitarkujacy, klikajacy klawisze McCarthy mial podobno epizod niemiecki w swym dziecinstwie i nawet szprecha po tamtemu, co zaowocowalo tytulowo njemieckim, no i moze nazwa, ale to prawdopodobnie od jakiegos konia pokazowego bardziej, co do granego gatunku to jest to wszeroko pojety rock alternatywny, w podgatunku indyjskim, ale w wydaniu bardzo przystepnym dla sluchajacego, traki maja systematyczna budowe, gitarki graja zeby cieszyc ucho, wszystko brzmi dobrze, ale tak jakbys gdzies juz to slyszal i jadl z czyms, moje pierwsze skojarzenie padlo na strokesow i paprykarzy czilijskich, albo tez artyczne malpy, najgorzej oceniac takie albumy, bo nie wiesz czy oceniasz album czy to do czego jest on podobny, linie basowe ograne, ale nadal przyjemne, wokal ktory nie posiada jakis charakterystycznych manier, lirycznie jest dosc roznie, bo od piosenek ktore sa jedynie refrenem wykrzykiwanym na gitarkach przez 3 minuty, do mini opowiesci jak na pierwszym traku jest spory przekroj przyswajalnosci kontentu, w tym miksie czegos co juz sie slyszalo znajdzie sie kilka trakow, ktore naprawde wpadaja w ucho i definiuja album jako keczowaty popowaty rock, wiec leca na plejke oczywiscie, otwierajacy jacqueline, potem take me out, no i this fire

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Some good memories but not aged too well

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I liked it

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Really enjoyed listening to this ***

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It's OK. *Pushes glasses up nose* A bit too derivative of Television in places.

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Probably a 2.5 from me really. Was alright to listen to though, quite upbeat.

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Take me out ju!!! Rätt nice. Gillade inte första alls tho... tror det blir 3. Liksom det är ok men lite för stökigt...

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3.5/5 interesting album, i'll have to relisten

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Another album that didn't withstand the test of time. I awesome song, another good one, but the rest - meh.

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Generally bored and not engaged with it, at this time.

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Good fun - some great guitar and well put together songs but no depth and leaves me with no desire to revisit despite having fun listening

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A throwback thatbwas only ok in retrospect. Some bangers but overall samey.

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Musicalmente tiene momentos muy chulos, con una rotundidad muy interesante. Líricamente, es flojo en el 70% del disco. Es disfrutable, aun así. Un 6 sólido

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Definitely enjoyable songs, but they all do tend to sound similar. The vocalist is hard to understand at times, but certainly distinctive. It's a good album, but I think the average listener would have to hear it about 10 times for the songs to stick. The best songs from the album are definitely Take me out and Michael. It was worth a listen just for Michael.

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So fun and nostalgic!

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Started off well but then every track sounded like the previous one. Quite disappointing

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Take me out is a great song. Others are okay so far. (3/5)

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My opinion hasn’t changed since high school. It’s a fine album.

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Enjoyable, but definitely gets boring in parts.

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I distinctly remember listening to this record in my friend's car around the turn of the century. Take Me Out was the sound track to any number of fuzzy nights of imbibing and 20-somethings friendships. 20 years later...It's a fun, dancey, poppy rock record. None of the songs really live up to the funtime swagger of Take Me Out, but on their own every song on the record is decent. Not likely something I'll revisit a lot, but it was a pleasant listen for nostalgia's sake if nothing else. 3*

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Not a bad first album for the list. Punk/dance stuff was cool all the horny stuff was not

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Pleasantly surprised.

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Tiene algunos temazos, como Take Me Out o Matinée, pero no es mi tipo.

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I've seen Franz Ferdinand in concert, but as one of the opening acts for The Cure. "Take Me Out" is the one song I can realiably attribute to the band. The album was good, but I still don't feel much of a draw to listen to the musc again. "The Dark of the Matinée", "This Fire", and "Come on Home" are potential tracks worth a second listen.

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The epitome of a 3-star album. Solid musicianship and a good hit, but nothing out-there or interesting for my ears to grab onto.

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Slow start, but turns around after Take me Out. Take me out and Dark of the Matinee definate peak,

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This early 00s alternative album has one of the best songs from the 00s with take me out. The rest of the album holds up well. Part of it feels like the strokes. Others like arctic monkeys but not quite as refined. Overall it’s solid. 7.6/10

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It’s okay, handful of good songs. Really enjoyed the guitar playing I must say.

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What kinda guy listens to the Franz Ferdinand album instead of just the song? All of us now. Of course, "Take Me Out" is a timeless jam for me, I love it so dearly. The rest of this is pretty good, a few songs that I enjoyed but most of it pales in comparison to the standout. A good album to be sure, but not sure if it's worth inclusion on a list like this. Favorite tracks: Take Me Out, Jacqueline, 40', Auf Achse. Album art: Very simple, but strong. Really like the bold lettering and font. As far as simplicity goes, this one gets it right. 3.5/5

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Take me out!! One of those albums that had a one hit wonder and I never bothered listening to the rest. Now is my chance and this is an enjoyable album! Still a sort of brittish rock but there were some unique tunes within. They were definitely channeling their predecessors of rock. The album cover is very informative because that is the name of the album and also of the band.

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Heard a few songs before so while enjoyable, nothing I loved or found that particularly interesting

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High 6

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Take Me Out was such a phenomenal single, the rest of the album sounds like killers and strokes b sides.

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Its a very enjoyable album and one of the best from that ‘new indie’ era. The singles stand out a mile (Take Me Out, Matinee, Michael) and marking it down one star because of the knowledge they went on to far better.

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British 2004 indie rock. Good. Clasic.

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Mediocre. Singles are great

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Why listen to a full album of songs that sound different? I like Franz Ferdinand's debut album, but a must-listen? I wouldn't suggest that.

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okay, did not seem to be unique to me.

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one really good song and the rest are meh 3.5

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Classic example of indie rock from the time I was growing up high school/college era. Never was that arsed about these guys but they had a some 'hits' at the time 🙄. Can appreciate it, prob worth a 3.

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It makes a statement. Well produced, good songwriting. Will it still be on the list in 10 years time?

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Pretty good

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I didn't know Franz Ferdinand. In this album, the best song is "Come on home".

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Not for me. It always felt a bit style of substance. The album was extremely one paced… which some people probably like!

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I knew what this was going into it

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Not bad but probably wouldn’t seek it out

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I really enjoyed it ..

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Algunos hits que conocía y eran bien guapotes. Los otros temas ahí pasaban

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Fun party music. Has more of a late 80s sound to me, would have fit right in at college parties

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Reasonably solid. Take Me Out is definitely a stand-out, but the other songs are interesting in that it sounds like a modern take on classic Kinks. Not enough catchy to rate above average.

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One really well known song. The rest were just alright.

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not bad almost good for me

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70. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand 11 tracks. I've never been a fan but maybe this album will change my mind. Nope. It's annoying "tinny" sound and the vocals really grate. I really don't like them. Sorry. 3/5

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Kyseinen orkesteri toimii ihan ok toisinaan ja sitten taas ei. Tällä kertaa oli taivaankappaleet oikeassa asennossa ja levy tuli kuunneltua pari kertaa läpi.

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Clean and thematically even. I just got bored by track 4 or so.

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Stuð í þessu!

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Other than, of course, Take Me Out, my favorite tracks were Tell Her Tonight, Dark of the Matinee, and Darts of Pleasure.

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Classy album.

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It's not a one-hit wonder. It's a very cohesive album, couple pics I'd prefer over the single.

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Du bon rock mais rien de très incroyable

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@SHACK - please, please take me out and show me your dart of pleasure. Please. This was a gateway album to a lot of post-punk classics for me, however having now absorbed those post-punk classics, this really does sound like a poor imitation.

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Down with it! Was only familiar with 'Take Me Out' which I enjoyed well enough when it first came out. I like how a lot of the songs changed up the tempos throughout. And some good bass lines. Possibly a little redundant on the sound but can't fault someone for sounding like themselves. While only a 3 star rating, adding to my library is a better indication than my rating.

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Franz Ferdi-grand 👍🏾

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Decent album but not a band that I could enjoy listening to.

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Very strong debut album. Lots of catchy tunes. Typical indie for that time. Definitely worth a listen.

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It’s ok. Take me out is way over played on the radio but it not a bad song

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'00s grunge-y pop singalongs for the theater kids. surprisingly easy listening

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Had some good songs on it.

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Likes this more than I remembered. Take me home is an absolute stinker of a tune. The rest is good enjoyable and I think I'd like them live.

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I listened to this so much on first release. Don’t think I’ve heard it for 10 years

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The singles Take Me Out and The Dark of the Matinee were staples in pubs and clubs when i was in university back in the early to mid 2000's (showing my age a bit here) so listening to this album is a bit of a nostalgia trip. Generally speaking the music is pleasant high octane guitar pop/rock. Overall it's lively and enjoyable enough but it's nothing special or particularly distinctive either.

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Dieser Post-Post-Punk Sound ist mittlerweile SOOO egal, also ich mag die upbeats sehr gerne und verbinde da bissl was nostalgisches mit aber dieses punkige irgendwie versuchen glamuröser zu machen hat nicht wirklich gut geklappt. In einer Indie Disco betrunken um 3 würde ich take me out aber trotzdem gröhlen!

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ein paar gute riffs, ein paar gute ideen, der rest ist einfach schlimmer indie-brei

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An sich solides Indie Rock Album, ist auch allen bekannt und hat jeder mal gehört. Hab ein paar Highlights hier, zb. Cheating on you, the dark of the matinee oder auch this fire. Insgesamt aber wirklich nichts allzu Besonderes letztendlich. Da hör ich lieber Arctic Monkeys am Ende des Tages.

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Ist ganz cool aber gibt mir richtige Male Manipulator vibes vielleicht nehmen die das auch bisschen aufs Korn

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Correct rock generique. Un toune connu, mais on dirait un on hit 3

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Nice to hear this again, I used to own this on CD. Some great singalong choruses on here but the best for me is THAT guitars & drums breakdown on Take Me Out. A bit like Pulp & the Arctic Monkeys. It’s all a bit samey though and Alex Kapranos’ voice isn’t very interesting.

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Helft was leuk de andere helft wat minder

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Remember Take Me Out being quoted as the "best music for banging" in university due to it multiple rhythm and time changes. Definitely do as much as they can with the pop-punk-dance vibe without going over produced or electronic. Had it's time and place in the mid-2000s but I guess they sort of ran out of steam.

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Listened Before? N This one shaped up okay. I was NOT a fan of the first two tracks, but once Take Me Out kicked in, it got a lot better. I feel like the band put their filler tracks at the beginning. Pros: Great retro sound that was popular in the early 2000's and kinda sparked the modern "indie" sound. Good energy. Take Me Out and This Fire brought this one from a 1 * to a 3 * on their own. Cons: As mentioned - the first two tracks had me wondering if I was going to make it through. They're repetitive and boring. Take Me Out stands FAR above the rest of the album. I feel like this band didn't meet their potential. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist - Take Me Out, This Fire

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Double up

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not-new

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Good album. Very 00's!

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Not really feeling this one. it's just ok.

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Hot and sleek like a state-of-the-art sports car, but a little samey in the end. "Take Me Out" is one of the great rocks songs of the last 20 years. Lack of perfect hooks across the rest of the record, however.

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Landmark album of the post-punk revival in the 2000s. Alongside the likes of Interpol, Bloc Party, and the National, Franz Ferdinand laid down danceable drum beats with staccato guitar riffs to make for an energetic sound that drew heavily from the rise of indie rock at the time. The end product is okay. Take Me Out is a clear winner and The Dark of the Matinée is pretty good, but the rest isn't even reaching the same levels of quality. Coming back to this one after a while, I think it's better than what I remember but still not great by any means.

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first listen bouncy indie rock

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take me out overshadows the rest of it. not unenjoyable, just not noteworthy

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Mało do dodania w stosunku do poprzedników. Take me Out super, Jacqueline też bardzo fajne, nie ma tu złych kawałków, ale nie zapada w pamięć. Pewnie inaczej bym to odebrał słysząc to przy stanie muzyki na rok 2004, a nie w 2022. Dużym plusem jest to, że trwa 40 minut, przez to piosenki się nie dłużą. Niemniej jednak zasadniczo brzmią podobnie i są mało charakterystyczne, mimo przyjemnego wokalu i wesołego brzmienia. Znowu szkoda braku połówek - 3.5 jest tu idealną wg mnie oceną.

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Radosny album, kilka fajnych piosenek. Take me out to absolutny banger. Jacqueline i Rhe dark of the matinee też całkiem spoko, reszta przeciętna. 3.5/5

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I wouldn't go so far as to say it's nothing to write home about - after all this album gave us one of the greatest bangers of the decade. However, apart from "Take me out" and a few honorable mentions the rest of the set seems unremarkable and boring. Worth knowing, but not sure whether I would put it on the 1001 greatest list myself. PS. If half-stars were accepted, this album would receive 3,5 stars.

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Przyjemny wokal, przyjemne dźwięki. Poza Take Me Out, nic dla mnie się nie wyróżnia, ale skłonny jestem posłuchać całego albumu jeszcze raz w przyszłości, wpada w ucho. (3.5)

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Jak jedna jaskółka wiosny nie czyni tak Take Me Out nie robi z Franz Ferdinand majstersztyku. Album brzmi przyjemnie, ale jednorodnie. Poszczególne kawałki zlewają się ze sobą w całość która średnio rozbrzmiewa... średnio, właściwie. Na tle całości wyróżniają się najpierw Jacqueline solidnym intro a potem Take Me Out, całą swoją istotą - jeden z lepszych bangerów dekady. Dalej niestety wkraczamy w obszar niewielkich różnic i zamazanych granic - miłe zaskoczenie z Auf Achse, niemiłe z Darts of Pleasure, nic specjalngo. Wokal o ile przyjemny jest ograniczany przez niezainspirowane teksty. O ile nie miałbym obiekcji do słyszenia Franz Ferdinand w tle co jakiś czas, na liście 1001 najlepszych sam bym go nie umieścił. 3/5, bliżej 4 niż 2 głównie z uwagi na trzy kawałki wyróżniające się pozytywnie w Jackqueline, Auf Achse i oczywiście Take Me Out.

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Well, that was a damn sight better than I thought it would be.

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Overall good album had some inconsistent tracks wish there was more acoustic tracks like the intro. A good listen and a few bangers but now sure if I will realisten to it

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Take me out (!) post punk, dance rock, rimelig fedt

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ok makker

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Enjoyable, it has that one famous song on it but a fair few other decent tracks too.

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Good

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When the tempo picks up half a min into the album it gets the toes tapping. It's decent and the single is good but there is not enough excitement to keep my interest.

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I don't know what happened to Franz Ferdinand after this album, it's like they became a totally different, and much less interesting, band. There are some great catchy songs on this album, many of which used to set the dancefloor alight in rock clubs. They had their own unique sound, tons of enthusiasm, and this album is the result of that positivity. But then, after this... it's a shame really.

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Fínasta plata, en hefur ekki elst jafn vel og sumar eldri plötur.. ef það meikar sens. Þetta er svona djúpsteikta útgáfan af Strokes

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Enjoyable

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Good album with a few catchy tunes, I listened to it a lot back in the day.

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Beetje verouderd album maar zeker niet slecht

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Meh. At first listen these guys sound promising. But they just don't sound real. A little too contrived and calculated. They remind me of the Strokes in that regard. Kids trying to sound like someone from their big brother's record collection.

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Okay

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Some good riffs but the melodies don't match up. Take Me Out is great - it's just a shame Led Zeppelin wrote it first (Trampled Underfoot)!

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Play the chonky Talking Heads/Television chords to death. Catchy and accessible but can grate after about 6 songs

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A few fun songs make this enjoyable most of the way through.

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Fun music, first time I've heard this band, not sure, I'll need to listen again and to some of their other music. Maybe I'm just not a punk person.

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All new to me. I liked it for the most part. Nice little edge to what they do yet it's still nice pop (not in the negative sense of the word).

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I don't like this music and think it sucks. Didn't listen but I've heard it before. Thumbs down.

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doesnt really hold a candle to what the arctic monkeys or the killers or the strokes did in the 2000s. i dont know why this is even on this list.

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It's okay, and I get why it was popular at the time, but I find a lot of it pretty uninteresting, and very, very repetitive. I was fully expecting to enjoy this a lot more than I did. They say a line. And then they say it again. And then they say it again. And then they say it again. And then they say it again. And again, and again, and again. And then - is that something different coming in?.. Nope. Same line again. And again, and again... Something about a matinée. Matinée, matinée, can't stop saying matinée. Singalong songs for people who struggle to remember lyrics. I suppose they deserve at least a little recognition for their ability to take about 3 min of actual unique musical content, stretch it into a 40 min album, and somehow make it a hit.

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very poppy, not for me.

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Never liked it at the time and still the same. Lot of fuss over nothing

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Songs start to blend together after a while, very power chord heavy and fast strumming. Highlights: -Take Me Out -Come on Home -40'

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It was fine, just not really my thing.

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Apart from a couple of standout tracks, it didn't grab my attention.

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Oh, so _that’s_ Franz F.

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Actually not as interesting as I thought it would be. Average.

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Nothing special.

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Fair

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strokes but not as good

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Really wanted to love this but it left me indifferent instead. Yes, It’s a smart and fun record which is very much the point, but there’s nothing really essential or groundbreaking here other than ‘Take Me Out’. YMMV but it's a no for me.

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Aside from the hit it’s a forgettable rock album

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Obviously have heard "Take Me Out" but never the whole album, looking forward to it! Update After Listening: solid album but beyond the hit single none of the songs really stood out to me. Middle of the road, a little bland. A lot of the songs don't really go anywhere. Feel like I've heard better versions of what they were going for from Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Fratelis, etc. But not a bad record.

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Couldn’t stand it at the time of its release…can’t stand it now…

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The album was alright, no song really appealed to me enough to want to add any to my library. I could see the appeal to other people though! I definitely have heard worse albums during this challenge. 2/5 stars.

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Was ok

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Pretty much different variations of the same song over and over again. Mixing is very flat. Got bored.

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Didn’t get the hype at the time, and still don’t. Painful

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First Listen. Never heard his music before. Seems good. Need to hear more. 2/5

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Just sounds like every other band from that era.

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Didn't like it then, dont like it now.

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This is an entirely new one for me, I remember they had some radio hits but not much else… interested to hear this in its entirety. Will update once I’ve listened. Ok, so this had a few fun moments but overall, I was just hoping the end would hurry up and get there so I could leave my listening space for a snack. I don't know if it is bad but it definitely wasn't for me. I'm actually going to keep it on my saved albums list and give it another listen at another time - perhaps I was just in a pissy mood.

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Sarà il genere ma faccio veramente fatica a finirli questi album. Anche questo non mi ha lasciato niente

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repetitive and a little rocky for me. the recognizable tracks are bangers but for the most part it all sounds the same. take me out obviously goes.

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very generic 2000s rock imo that I couldn't distinguish. 04 chel nostalgia

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A pity... The year end album was not to my tastes. Glad that's over much like 2021

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Can only think of Guitar Hero for ps2 when I hear this band.

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Luke-warm electronica album

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forgettable, nichtmal catchy; erscheint mir auch erstaunlich irrelevant für 1001 alben liste (2004!)

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take me out absoluter banger den rest kann man in die tonne treten

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I tried, I really did, but I cannot like this album no matter what I do

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I'd forgotten how big FF were back in 2004. Take Me Out was bloody everywhere. This is probably why I made an effort to avoid the album at the time. With retrospect it's not bad, but certainly not worthy of the hype. So much of the content was lifted from elsewhere. The bass is strong and benefits from some decent production. The whole indie / dance crossover thing is about 15 years too late. I didn't find much else to hold my attention other than Take Me Out, which is something of a banger.

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Ca fait un peu bouillie

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Owned this, kinda liked it when it came out, but really not that good in retrospect. Pretentious

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Nice melodies but irritating lyrics maybe ill like it more after a second listen

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This was quite alright, but as many others have mentioned, Take me out is a good single, but apart from that much of the album sounds very samey. I won't be inspired to seek this out anytime soon.

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Alveg hressandi, en ekkert surprise. Take me out alveg augljóslega singullinn sem heldur henni uppi.

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take me out is a great song thats a banger. the rest all kinda sound the same to me and i was really bored.

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Bleh

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no thanks

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Стихи - полный треш и трясогузка. Бессмысленное открывание рта под посредственную музыку.

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Ok riffs but boring and bland lyrics

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sucked. bad. poop

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listened to some. don't care. kind of boring

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ну чот такой рокешник у меня не в почёте, какой-то обычный, голосящий, ничем не привлекательный, одинаковый и без изюма

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Dreadful

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Rejection. Revenge. Repeat, retarded. Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria was the heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary. His assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 is considered the most immediate cause of the first World War. ‘His life, or at least the ending of it,’ recalls bassist Bob Hardy, ‘was the catalyst for the complete transformation of the world and that is what we want our music to be. But I don’t want to over-intellectualize the name thing. Basically a name should just sound good… like music.’ Drummer Paul Thompson followed up, saying, ‘I like the idea that, if we become popular, maybe the words Franz Ferdinand will make people think of the band instead of the historical figure.’ This never really worked out very well for my girlfriend in college who formed a country/funk fusion group, performed one live gig, and then promptly broke up. The Mary Queen of Scots were too far ahead of their time. This is a dumb name for a dumb band with a dumb sound. Nothing noteworthy here, save the absence of any instrumental breaks whatsoever. I didn’t hear one guitar solo, bass run, drum fill, piccolo trill, triangle shred… nothing. And lyrically? Well, here’s one really dumb example from the song, ‘Auf Achse’: ‘Now I’m nailed above you gushing from my side. It’s with your sins that you’ve killed me, thinking of your sins I die. Thinking how you’ve let them touch you, how you’d never realize than I’m ripped and hang forsaken knowing never will I rise again.’ A comparison upgrade, at least, from the Austrian Archduke. But a dumb one. Far as I can tell, this is an entire LP replete with unrequited love songs, each one dumber than the next (alleviating Hardy’s concern about any over-intellectualization.) But don’t feel too sorry for these boys. Their lyrics betray their own moral culpability in repeating the same dumb choices. Furthermore, it speaks volumes about the lyricist’s true feelings when he concludes a plea for her to ‘Come On Home’ with the lyric ‘But don’t forget to leave.’ That idea’s just plain… what’s the adjective I’m looking for?

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I always found this style, like the Strokes, very irritating. Something about the guitar riffs and the vocals are not pleasant.

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ya it rocks!! I Zimbra is really cool and energizing, and it sounds a lot like their other album i like but maybe a little more mainstream? idk would need to listen to the other one again but this kinda whips

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No.

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Muy bueno, me falla el final

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