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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

2004

Franz Ferdinand

Album Summary

Franz Ferdinand is the debut studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, first released on 9 February 2004 through the Domino Recording Company. It was recorded during 2003 at Gula Studios in Malmö, Sweden, with Tore Johansson, who produced the majority of the album, with two tracks produced by the band themselves. It entered the United Kingdom album charts at number three in February 2004 and contains the UK top ten singles "Take Me Out" and "The Dark of the Matinée" as well as UK top 20 hit "Michael". Franz Ferdinand won the 2004 Mercury Music Prize and was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. The album has since sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide, with over 1.27 million copies in the United Kingdom and at least 1 million copies in the US (corresponding to Platinum).

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Rating

3.59

Votes

4917

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Britpop
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5

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

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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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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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5

Take me out!

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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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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

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

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

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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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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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5

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

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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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5

Love this album

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5

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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5

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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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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One of my all time favorite albums

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5

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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5

¡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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5

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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5

Every song on this albums feels different.

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Maybe the best of this era of new-new-wave guitar pop

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madeleine de prousting

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Elskaði Take me out þegar ég heyrði það fyrst og fílaði lögin sem komu í kjölfarið. Svo lá þetta bara í dvala, en viti menn, 18 árum seinna þá finnst mér þetta enn stórskemmtilegt og töff.

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5

After I wrote my last exam in University and was officially finished school, I was driving to my hometown and Take Me Out came on the radio, a song I already loved, and I just started jamming out hard in my car. Apparently I was dancing enough for people to notice and some folks in a truck passing by started dancing too. That's my story about this album. Anyways, love Franz Ferdinand, there's something about their guitar riffs that I just love. They have some great hooks and this album is full of bangers. Take Me Out, Tell Her Tonite, Auf Achse, This Fire,

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5

Love this album, grew up with it!

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Zeer dansbare rockmuziek vol met meezingers. Moeilijk om bij stil te zitten

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5

TAKE ME OUT

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5

Iconic indie album named after possibly the most important person in modern history. If archduke Franz Ferdinand was never assassinated we would be living in a completely different world.

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Ahhh, takes me back to high school when I started listening to indie

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5

Excellent album. So many good tracks.

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Gran disco de pies a cabeza. No sé por qué la banda nunca se convirtió en mi favorita pero al menos este disco es muy, muy bueno. The Dark Of The Matinee es mi favorita, seguida de This Fire y Take Me Out. 4.5 que subo a 5.

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Classic Scottish indie, really reminds me of living in Glasgow at the time this was out. Every song is so catchy and bright that it can be hard to pick as favourite, but 40' and the imperious Take Me Out are definitely up there. Loved it, and pleasantly surprised to see it on the list!

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Fun album.

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Fun, inventive, Ramones-esque

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This might be one of, if not the, best album I've ever heard. Tight, subtle, powerful, but controlled. Incredible musicianship. Vocals are stunning.

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When this came out I thought it was so good. And I was right

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5

One of my favs

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5

Excellent. I've always like the Ferdinand, but never gave it any play time. Its raucous and fun.

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5

Amazing album. It was already on my list of albums I should listen to. The diversity in the album is great and it’s filled with great songs. Exactly what I like! Favourite songs: - Take me out - The dark of the matinée - Michael

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Possibly due to it came out at a sweet spot in my life, but I fucking love this. Great tunes engages me all of the way.

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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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Nice rock.

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3.5 stars.

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Chill and decent to work to

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

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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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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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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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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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4

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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4

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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4

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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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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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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Good album that was able to compete with it's big hit.

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Hee, dit is heel leuke muziek en een gevarieerd album. Vrolijke melodie, lekkere zangstem. ****

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Il faudrait inventer une note entre 3 et 4

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Was good!

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Tremendous album. Bridged that gap between The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys

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Franz Ferdinand <3

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Alltid klar for litt Franz Ferdinand,

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very fun, punky rock and roll

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Nostalgic

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