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Franz Ferdinand's eponymous debut album was released in 2004 and was one of the soundtracks of my university days, with Take Me Out being played constantly in the clubs I used to frequent. Their arrival on the scene seemed to coincide with something of a Britpop revival in music. Like contemporaries the Kaiser Chiefs, both bands were influenced by Blur and Pulp, but while Kaiser Chiefs were more childlike and in-your-face, Franz Ferdinand gave the impression of being more arty and slightly pretentious. You wouldn't catch Kaiser Chiefs on BBC2, "telling Terry Wogan how I made it", as Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos sings on The Dark of the Matinee. The band sings about going out, conversations and holidays, in a very British fashion with barely a trace of a Scottish accent (the band hails from Glasgow). The music has a definite retro sound, mixing guitars and Britpop sounds with 80s synths. It has the catchy quality of good pop with the vocals and musical sound of old-school indie. The songs on the album work together well, with no songs sounding completely different or incongruous. There are no dreary ballads, just catchy uptempo numbers. This is an album to be played in a club, or at a house party. Like The Killers' debut, it has a claustrophobic, smoky feel. The album has something of an experimental sound, with signature changes and tempo changes. Debut single Take Me Out sounds like two different songs. This makes the album as a whole sound really different and new. Standout songs for me include the fantastic debut single Take Me Out, catchy Michael and quirky This Fire. The album as a whole is really strong with a bunch of great tracks, and comes highly recommended by me. Track Listing 1. Jacqueline 2. Tell Her Tonight 3. Take Me Out 4. The Dark of the Matinee 5. Auf Achse 6. Cheating on You 7. This Fire 8. Darts of Pleasure 9. Michael 10. Come on Home 11. 40'
This was the first album I ever bought. Well it was the first album I bought that I actually bought for myself (without the help of parents), without having to be embarassed about, because before I liked 'pop' music, when I was young and naive. Anyway, six years later it still remains my favourite album that Franz Ferdinand have done, and an album that I return to, when I don't fancy listening to anything in particular. Something that annoys me about this album, is that 6 years later I can still sing practically every word to every song, I find this particularly annoying as the other day, I randomly started singing 'Take Me Out' whilst revising, and I'll be damned if I can remember any of my biology work. Mind you If you think about this, it means the album is fully of catchy songs. Despite my mum bragging that she can still sing a load of Echo and the Bunnymen songs from 30 years ago, I'm sure that I'll be able to say the same thing about this album. All of the songs seem to be very catchy, repetitive, but not in an annoying way, and although are very 'indie,' they are also very danceable as well. One of the songs '40ft,' always reminds me of a book called 'Beyond The Deepwoods, as well, It may seem weird, but it was probably because I listened to this song over and over again, throughout one chapter. I think it seemed to work even more, because they just matched perfectly (both were about falling). Another good thing, is that it's never really what you expect, Jaqueline, the first song, starts off gently, and then BANG, It suddenly starts being brrilliant. Of course not all songs are completely rock, there are some more gentle numbers (Auf Asche & 40ft), but the big 'thumpers' are more addictive, such as lead single 'Take me out.' I would definitely reccomend this album, althoug it seems a shame that Franz Ferdinand have changed so much (i.e Tonight - the album), I know bands always evolve and change, but I would have loved another album like this.
Listening to Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand on my ipod on the bus on the way into work this morning put it into my head to write a review on dooyoo and to let those few people that do not know this album just how good it is. It is amazing to think that the eponymous titled album was released way back on 9 February 2004, more than six years ago. For me, it is still as good now as it was then. Where to start with the music? Usually at track one, but this time I would imagine that every listener is drawn like a magnet to Take Me OUt, the single off the album that catapulted Franz Ferdinand to fame. Take me Out is brilliant, the chord change amazing and the lyrics fantastic. Ok, so back to track one - Jacqueline. Bit of a slow burner this one. Starts nice and slow and builds to a fast paced adrenaline filled track. A pretty good start (and that is considering most people will have flicked on to Take me Out). Tell Her Tonight follows on and in my opinion probably just about nicks track of the album from Take me Out. Tell Her Tonight starts out with a mixture of a cool bass line and some cheeky guitar riffs. Take Me Out up next and is followed by the Dark of the Matinee, another great tune. Auf Asche starts off slow, building up to a crescendo of a chorus- does anyone see a pattern emerging? Cheating on You has a touch of punk about it, very fast paced, quite short - a seemingly typical punk track. This is followed up by This Fire, a cracking tune. Darts of Pleasure sets up another highlight in Michael, a breakneck track that is incredibly catchy - I cannot get it out of my head. Come on Home is starting to wind the album down, a much more relaxed tune than the previous. Funny though, that it all gets built up again in 40". Brilliant. The tracks on the album when listened to on their own are all quite strong and some so strong that you wonder how they would fit together on an album, but it really does work. Franz Ferdinand at the time seemed to bew bigger and better than their peers (Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, etc) and with hindisght it seems to be the case. The album probably is not as good as American Idiot or Hot Fuss, two contemporaries, but it does sneak into my top 5 albums of 2004. Long may it continue. Track Listing: 1. Jacqueline 2. Tell Her Tonight 3. Take Me Out 4. The Dark of the Matinée 5. Auf Achse 6. Cheating on You 7. This Fire 8. Darts of Pleasure 9. Michael 10. Come on Home 11. 40'
This is the debut album from Franz Ferdinand and it is a wonderful display of their talents in every department. The Indie rock style music on here has imaginative lyrics, well put together tracks with some fantastically catchy riffs. This album is somewhat monumental in that it is readily acknowledged to be one of the kingpins of the sudden indie music revival. It contains a multitude of tracks, not one of which is at all weak in my opinion. The album does contain the hugely successful single Take Me Out, which is a fantastic tune. Interestingly it was not predicted to do well since it changes style mid song and never returns. Perhaps this is an indication that this is a band who have in this album created their own sound. This self creation is a joy to listen to, and it is one of those albums that I turn to in my library if I am ever stuck for what to play. Well worth a listen- don't worry about hearing before you buy.
Franz Ferdinand was the first album released by the band franz Ferdinand, I remember hearing one of their songs for the first time and just liking how fast, and how catchy and how up beat they were as well. Take me out is the third song off the album and what I like about it is the many parts the song has to it. It starts off very well with the guitar and the lyrics and it slowly builds up adding different instruments and gradually getting louder before finally building up to that famous chorus, "take me out". The dark of the matinee is another one I really like, its a lot slower than take me out but does also get going in the middle as well. I prefer the lyrics to this one and its sung very well by the singer of the band. This fire is also a very up beat fast tempos song, it starts off with very catchy guitar and like many of their other songs builds up. It does start off with a slow lyrics verse but when the chorus kicks in it becomes really fast and actually one of their fastest songs they have done. 1. Jacqueline 2. Tell Her Tonight 3. Take Me Out 4. The Dark Of The Matinee 5. Auf Achse 6. Cheating On You 7. This Fire 8. Darts Of Pleasure 9. Michael 10. Come On Home 11. 40 Ft Im not huge fan of this kind of stuff usually and an indie band to me really have to stick out amongst the rest, but that is exactly what franz Ferdinand did and they somehow managed to win me over
The debut album from the this groupd of Scottish Rockers was released in 2004 (was it really that long ago?...) around the same time as their breakthrough hit "Take me out" reached number 3 in the UK. This album also includes the singles "Matinee", "Michael" and "This fire" and the lead song form the "Darts of pleasure" ep. The opening track is "Jacqueline" a soft slow starting vocal intro eases you into the album, before a solidly polished and produced indie pop song with strong striking vocals and well engineered guitar. Kapranos' vocals lead the way right through this wonderful toe tapping opening track with a chorus that tempts you to sing along. 8/10 The second track is "Tell her tonight" starting much differently to the slow misleading beginning of the previous track. This track seems to be sang through a device of some sort due to the drastic change in the vocals. A simple guitar and drum accompanyment paves the way for this slightly dissapointing second song. 6/10 "Take me out", Brilliant 10/10 Oh a review, sorry...A song that brought FF to the limelight and with bloody good reasons too, showing their sharp polished sound, and their amazing musical ability. A song that shows how the true potential of this bands ability is outstounding and makes you realise these could well be one of the modern greats. A song that appeals to the masses without selling it's self short. brilliant. "The dark of the matinee" carries on the rock feel of the previous song and it starts just as you'd wish for it to do so. The lyrics are again exceptional, telling a wonderful story and having you almost sub-consciously joining in the singing of the chorus again. The simple but effectively repeated drums and guitar lead to a toe tapping effect to the song and makes you appreciate how much fun they have with their music. 10/10 "Auf achse" A somewhat mellow piano opening to the song grabs your attention immediately (and sounds a lil like the opening of the x-men cartoon in the back ground...). The vocals kick in in a somewhat taunting manner from the lyrics basically saying "you want her but cant have her" before going onto a soft verse than back to the chorus, rinse and repeat. The song seems just a lil bit too long for it's own good. 6/10 "Cheating on you" Back to basics and back to what FF do well, strong guitar feel, fast paced vocals and interesting lyrics, with an easy to remember chorus. A good wee track that does all it needs to, with out doing anything exceptional. 7/10 "This fire" A drum intro before the guitars start then Kapranos' vocals loom in before the song begins to really take off (much like the Holiday section in Jacqualine) then the song fades a lil, before picking it's self up. The chorus is really catchy and easy to pick up whilst the rest is toe-tappingly fun and good. 8/10 "Darts of pleasure" Another drum based intro before the vocals and guitar begin in an almost simulateanous fashion and as usual Kapranos' vocals amaze. The songs tempo is spot on and helps keep you tapping your toes. Sadly knowing this song is probably filler material (and yet better than most other albums main songs) kinda makes you go hmmm =/. 7/10 "Michael" starts with a really awesome guitar riff before the drums kick in, and as per normal Kapranos' vocals' follow with the lyrics rolling off his tongue with wonderful ease and again your amazed at not only their talent but how well they play together. This song is apparently a private joke about their friend Michael who got drunk at a club and ended up dancing embarrasingly. A wonderful catchy chorus shows this album can keep churning them out. 10/10 "Come on home" begins with a guitar and drums playing a short stop-start loop before the vocals seem to snap in upto the chorus and then mellow out to an elongated feel from one extreme to another in only a few lines. Another good but not great song that would fit on most albums. 8/10 The final track is "40'" a song which starts with a steady and simple but yet effective guitar riff, before a drum and bass begin kicking in making a musical tri-force with the vocals only used to give the listener something to nod along to. A brilliantly fitting end to the album. A gem of a song. 9/10
Its become a shocking expectation amongst the people of Scotland that those of us into Indie Rock N Roll must love whatever Indie/Rock bands our country produces. This wouldnt be so bad if, as a nation, we managed to muster up 1 decent band a generation. Diluting blind national pride with actual musical scrutiny when it comes to naming the last decent band from our lovely land can provide quite a headache. The View? Yawn, 1 of the 9,900 dull Libertines rip-offs clogging up your local HMV. The Fratellis? A joke that wasnt funny the first time stretched out to a full blown album. Paolo Nutini? A crime against humanity. Its enough to make Stuart Adamson spin in his grave! Somewhere inbetween the passing of the legendary Skids and Big Country frontman (and about the best thing to ever come out of Dunfermline) and some desperate label or another signing such wretched bands came Franz Ferdinand. 2004 was the exact year the band burst on the scene, all clothes too small, bad haircuts and catchy tunes taking over the radio. The nation went bananas for this most un-rock-star looking collection of student-types led by a lanky ginger-haired guy pushing 30 called Alex Kapranos. Backing him up were guitarist and main songwriter Nick McCarthy, bassist Bob Hardy and drummer Paul Thomson, and Ill admit I got caught up in it. The groups self-titled debut album, Franz Ferdinand, became an instant fix in my CD player, with lead-single Take Me Out assaulting my eardrums on a regular, voluntary basis. Indeed the groups poppier and dancier, courtesy of Hardys fantastic bass work, slant on the whole Garage Rock scene was undeniably entertaining. Short, catchy bursts of angular guitars and bouncy basslines really caught my ears. However, 3 years, and numerous, involuntary, assaults on the eardrums by the band, as well as Kapranos cringe-inducingly inflating ego every time the press spoke to him, Franz Ferdinand just doesnt have quite the same hook for me. See, blaming overplay on the radio would be the easy way out, and while its the countrys over saturation of my ears with the songs that did, in fact, bring about the bands slide in my opinion, its not the fact in itself that the songs were being played too much thats made me come to dislike the album somewhat, but more the fact that it provided so many listens that the bands flaws became oh so evident. First and foremost, in a list of the bands problems would be how shockingly formulaic the songs are. Each one begins, or occasionally ends, with an intro that differs in tempo to the main song, building things up to a point where the band then repeatedly mash the same chords and refrain the same line until you never want to hear said line/chords again, regardless of how good Hardys bassline is. I tend to fine repetition bearable if the song has especially strong hooks, instrumentation or lyrics, however, while a few tracks can hold up on the grounds of especially potent hooks, the songs just dont display enough of any of these to really justify more than a few listens. This isnt to say that the band are poor instrumentally, they are all clearly above average at their instruments, but they just arent good enough to save songs on the grounds of it. When it comes to highlights, the first of the tunes that remain powerful for me would be album opener, and one of Bob Hardys 2 songwriting credits, Jacqueline. Kicking off proceedings in a somewhat unexpected fashion with some gentle strums of an acoustic guitar, as Kapranos begins a soft-croon before Hardys bassline begins a process that sees the band kick in with one of its more memorable and sharp riffs. While its still guilty of dragging on a bit, Im willing to give it a pass on the grounds of its particularly nice hook. The lyrics kick things off as they aim to continue, almost painfully nonsensical, even for an indie band, its always better on holiday/so much better on holiday/thats why we only work when/we need the money, as the chorus rings, is something Oasis could have written. Despite being the bands breakthrough hit, and one of the biggest offenders when it comes to sheer, unashamed repetition, Take Me Out still maintain a sense of enjoyment for me. Staring with a fast little intro which slows to meet and thumped drum beat, making for an almost mechanical feel as the guitars, bass, drums and Kapranos voice all slice in a stop-start assault in unison. Easily the catchiest song on the record, for once relying more on a particularly tasty guitar riff than one of Hardys basslines. Lyrically its also one of the bands more intelligent, or at least more entertaining, ventures, too, taking lyrics from the point of a man down the gun-barrel of a sniper as well as a would be suitor and putting them parallel to one another. Strangely, another of the songs I feel holds up well is one many fans of the band look down upon with some disdain. Cheating On You, a lyrically banal tale of a love-rat, is brought to life by one of the fastest, heaviest riffs on the record, and Kapranos finally breaking free of his half-spoken croon that makes The Strokes Julian Casablancas sound like the Towers of Londons Donny Tourette. Granted his vocals still arent anything to write home about, nor is the song in general to be honest, but it provides a welcome change of pace. The final song I believe still holds up well would be Michael, the utmost exercise in lyrical homoerotica, its just too cheesy, filled with arguably Kapranos finest lyric (dancing like a beautiful dancewhore), another particularly nice guitar riff and Hardys bounciest, danciest bassline to date complimenting Kapranos newfound ability to sound enthusiastic on the mic to good effect. The rest of the album isnt bad per se, well wait, The Dark Of The Matinee, Hardys 2nd songwriting credit, and a horrible rehash of the Take Me Out formula with nothing that made that song good is pretty grim, and Auf Achse, the bands attempt at sounding moody just comes across as particularly tiresome, particularly the synth it features that sounds a bit too much like the sad music from 80s cartoon Trap Door. Darts Of Pleasure, the bands attempt at sounding brooding and sexy, squanders a wonderful bassline by being, on all other counts, thoroughly silly, almost to the point of humour. The rest of the album isnt bad, its simply just not particularly interesting, and in most cases outstandingly repetitive. Come On Home begins things interestingly, but peters out into a thoroughly mundane chorus. Tell Her Tonight, despite being under 3 minutes in length, seems to go on forever, mainly due to its highly repetitive nature, This Fire is so unremarkable, when it was released as a single, I didnt automatically even realise Id heard it before. When all is said and done, Franz Ferdinand isnt a particularly awful album, its just really nothing that was worth getting excited about overall. Ill still stand up and admit there are those 4 good songs .but sadly 4 songs dont an album make, especially when some of the other songs are so flagrantly silly and cringe-inducing. Id be lying if I didnt say I enjoyed Franz Ferdinand while it lasted, but I do believe in future Ill have to look at albums with a bit more scrutiny before I declare myself a fan of the band. I wouldnt ever go as far as to call Franz Ferdinand a thoroughly bad record, but at the same time, Im really not sure I would recommend it either. Review also posted on Epinions.com
Well, wonders never cease. Me doing a proper mainstream music review! I have thus far written roughly 70 reviews on classical and film music of varying popularity during my time on the review sites, but never have I ventured into the realms of what more normal young people should be into. That is until I was challenged to do so by the eminent musicologist Monsieur Steerpyke of Wessex on the grounds that he would try to do a classical review himself. Well, after some consultation with my sister, here is my answer to the challenge for better or for worse about the debut album of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand, ingeniously titled Franz Ferdinand. Now before I really get into the meat of it I think it will be good of people to note that I dont usually listen to music of this kind, so my approach will probably differ somewhat from the established norm of fanboyish glowing and centre more on the actual musical merits and enjoyability from my point of view (which my complete inability to actually listen to lyrics may also be partly accounted for). So without more ado, may the dissecting begin. Franz Ferdinands roots lay with the impromptu idea of two Scots, Bob Hardy and Alex Kapranos, to set up a band after acquiring a bass that Bob learned to play and write music that would be something girls could dance to. Shortly afterwards they met Nick McCarthy in the kitchen of two chick friends or alternatively some restaurant type place (the bio on their website was a little vague, probably assuming that I know who the heck Jo and Celia are) who said he could play drums, though in reality he sucked big time. So in comes the best drummer in Glasgow Paul Thomson, who also played the guitar, and swapped instruments with Nick on the condition he could still sing along. From there on the foursome played where ever they could until acquiring an old Glasgowian courtroom and gaol, which they made their home and place to jam around and it was here they met producer Laurence Bell, the head of the Domino Record Company. Their first album, appearing in 2004, proved to be a smash hit and the band has in a short time gathered a loyal following Okay, enough of the history lesson and on with the music. As a whole the album can be described as being melodically softish rock that generally avoids needless bombast and simple noise to present easily enjoyable and memorable tunes, while not presenting anything really in the way of innovative. For all its worth this approach works like a charm in not pushing things too way over the top and working all the traditional components into a functioning, nicely flowing whole without really sounding generic at all. And while there are moments when the music just becomes an almost ceaseless wall of sound with little textures, it is not a major detriment. Beginning with the song Jacqueline, this opening number begins almost like a ballad à la an old folk song before the guitars really kick in and let the rockier elements free reign, effectively setting the overall sound of what is to follow, though the ending is a little too abrupt. Tell Her Tonight on the other hand moves forward mostly by its very mobilemente style of forward pushing momentum and while the actual vocal usage is somewhat irritating, it is not a bad song per se. The highlight of the album and the song that launched Franz Ferdinand into the big time was the following song Take Me Out, that features a catchy and extremely good main melody that leaves you tapping and remembering it long after hearing it. What is best is that the song has a great sense of optimism and rhythmic approachableness which is only enhanced by the catchy chorus of sorts (that is not that I really find a proper recurring chorus here). It is by far one of the the best songs on the album and has rightfully deserved the kind of acclaim and popularity as it has. The following song, The Dark of the Matinee, evolves from very much the same fabric in again presenting a catchy recurring motif, and while it doesnt have the same kind of irresistable quality as Take Me Out, it most certainly is a very enjoyable continuation of the harmonic movement of the previous song. However, apart from that, I personally do think it actually is even better than Take Me Out for its more dark soundworld and seeming quality that makes more efforts to be more serious in tone due to its less skippy attitude. Auf Achse begins rather strangely with an electronic theremin sound of sci-fi coupled with electronic keyboard that gives a funnily fluffy comedy-sci fi sound to it. Its most certainly a lot less serious than either of the two previous songs, but makes for quite a fun listen as a whole. Now the downturn of the album takes place at track 6, Cheating on You, where the preceding variation between songs starts to wear off and the final half of the album sounds more and more similar. Particularly Cheating on You and Michael tend to present an almost cacophonous wall of sound that makes my ears ring upon longer exposion. And while the openings of most of the songs start promisingly enough, they often descend into more anonymous noise, that makes these songs sound more filler than the beginning of the album (albeit the organ sounds of Come on Home are quite interesting). The final song, 40 ft, somewhat amusingly reminds me of some old Nintendo game soundtrack, which doesnt mean it is bad, just a bit amusing and at least offers a nice conclusion to the album in being less in your face. But the lack of a properly catchy melody makes the final part of the album unfortunately less interesting and disconnected from the first part. Now as a complete listen Franz Ferdinands debut album is an immensely enjoyable experience, though the same problems that often tend to marr bands of this kind are also apparent here, namely that there is just so much variation you can create with two guitars, a drum set and a bass, which makes an entire album full of this kind of music lose its appeal somewhat near the end. The tracks from 6 to 10 are basically so much alike that I found my attention wavering into doing other things, and despite there being only 40 minutes of music here, it doesnt actually sound too little (in fact it is almost too much). Also there is the curious aspect of sound quality that sounds strangely muffled when coming out of my stereo (and I have plenty of test pieces to compare with). Maybe this has been intentional, or the recording, done in Malmö, Sweden, has been mastered somewhat awrily, but in the day and age of clean digital technology the soundworld here almost harks back to the early days of CDs. Still, what you get with this album is a hugely enjoyable mix of melodic rock and recycled styles that is intelligently laid out and mostly avoiding the pitfalls of becoming annoying. The bad balancing of the first half with the second half is a bit unfortunate, but as a whole there is a lot to like here, and tracks 3 and 4 are well worth the price of admission. Overall, even I will give this a warm recommendation, though I reserve my reservations. But for any fan of this kind of music, Id say this is a must have. 1. Jacqueline (3:54) 2. Tell Her Tonight (2:27) 3. Take Me Out (4:02) 4. The Dark of the Matinée (4:07) 5. Auf Achse (4:24) 6. Cheating on You (2:41) 7. This Fire (4:19) 8. Darts of Pleasure (3:04) 9. Michael (3:25) 10. Come on Home (3:42) 11. 40 ft (3:34) © berlioz, 2006
"Some time around the end of 2001, Bob was sitting in Alex's kitchen. Alex had just been given a bass by his friend Mick, on the condition that he did 'something useful' with it. "Do you want to learn to play the bass then, Bob?" "No, I'm an artist, not a musician." "It's the same thing." "OK then." So Bob learned the bass and they planned a band. It had to be something big. Bob wanted it to be on the level of Field Marshall Haig's tears that fell as he counted the statistics of the men he had sent over the top. Alex wanted to make music that girls could dance to." That's how it all started. Franz Ferdinand are Robert Hardy, Alexander Kapranos, Nicholas McCarthy & Paul Thomson. They started of in Glasgow, Scotland. They started playing music pretty much for the chicks and I dare say that their plan has worked. They got the name from the World War I German war criminal or general, whatever you want to call it. Enough of them, the music is the main thing here. The album is a beauty and I got it from my girlfriend for Valentines Day, Thank you please! The album cover is simple, yet striking, fit's in with the band perfectly, I like it. The opening track of the album is called 'jacqueline', start's off slow which seems to be a bit of a trend with them. It tells the tale of holiday's and rubbish, rubbish jobs, more acurately being stuck in one. Since i'm such a nice guy, or is it because I like my reviews to be annoyingly long, I think i'll give you the lyrics to each song so you get the idea of what i'm slavering about. The song was originally called 'Better On Holiday' and the lyrics were pretty drastically different, so i'll give you the original's lyrics first. "It's always better on holiday, that's why we only work when we need the money. Jacqueline was seventeen and working on the desk of the poetry library when she caught the eye behind Ivor's spectacle. They shared tea, ideas and passions. His eyes forgot the face they were peering from when they peered upon her face. Well, you know that face as well as I do: elastic youth and vitality, but when she returned the gaze, she returned the face that he was staring from. Gregor was down, kicked again and again by city centre neds, "look, I'm so drunk, I don't give a fuck - I don't mind if you kill me", at which point he claims angels dragged him into the back of a Ford Sierra and dumped him on Sauchiehall Street." A bit more gritty and Scottish, I dare say they went with 'jacqueline' as it was a bit more listener friendly. Here's the album version lyrics. "Jacqueline was seventeen working on a desk when Ivor Peered above a spectacle forgot that he had wrecked a girl Sometimes these eyes Forget the face they're peering from When the face they peer upon Well, you know That face as I do And how in the return of the gaze She can return you the face That you are staring from It's always better on holiday So much better on holiday That's why we only work when We need the money Gregor was down again Said come on, kick me again Said I'm so drunk I don't mind if you kill me Come on you gutless I'm alive I'm alive I'm alive and how I know it But for chips and for freedom I could die It's always better on holiday..." The lone acoustic guitar with singing and nice choice of minor and major chords suits the song beautifully and the build up to the song provides a fitting climax to the lyrics. One of the many great things about the band is that the songs are usually multi-layered with guitar etc and gives the so ngs real depth. The music always complimenting the lyrics, this opener provides a good insight to the bands musical direction. 'jacqueline is followed by the relatively simple but effective 'Tell Her Tonight'. Repeatition is used to good effect in the lyrics. The song is heavily driven by the rhythm section, essential in alot of their music. Not my favourite track on the album but still a good one, I feel that as with a couple of the tracks it's badly produced/mixed. Maybe they have a reason for this that i'm just too simple to understand, or they could have a rubbish producer in Tore Johansson who also mixed the album. Make what you will of the lyrics, "I only watched her walk, but she saw it I only heard her talk, but she saw it I only touched her lips, but she saw it I only kissed her lips, but she saw it Gonna have to tell her tonight... She only blinked her eyes, but I saw it She only swung her hair, but I saw it She only shook her hips, but I saw it She only licked her lips, but I saw it Gonna have to tell her tonight... Have to tell her, Tell her tonight, yeah. I only watched her walk, but she saw it I only heard her talk, but she saw it I only touched her lips, but she saw it I only kissed her lips, but she saw it Gonna have to tell her tonight..." I'm pretty sure that if you're reading this review you will have heard of the next track, their single 'Take Me Out'. Perhaps given a little too much airtime but then again so does every half decent single to come out. I would imagine that alot of the albums they've shifted would've been thanks to this song though. No matter how many times I hear it, it's still a berger! Not exactly sure what it's about but i'll have a wild guess and say...females. Quite nice guitar work on this one, catchy riffs and good chord work coupled with good bass work makes this a stand out track on the album. "So if you're lonely You knew I'm here Waiting for you I'm just a cross-hair Just a shot away from you If you leave here You leave me broken Shattered I lie We're just a cross-hair Just a shot then we can die I know I won't be leaving here With you I say don't you know You say don't you know I say take me out I stay you don't show Don't move time is slow I say take me out I say don't you know You say you don't know I say take me out If I move this could die If eyes move this die I want you to take me out I know I won't be leaving here With you I say don't you know You say you don't know I say take me out If I wait this could die If I wane this could die I want you to take me out If I move this could die If eyes move this could die Come on Take me out I know I won't be leaving here With you" 'The Dark Of The Matinee' is one of the best tracks of the album, start's off nice & upbeat. Another good riff well paired with another good bassline and the driving beat of the drums. Talks about the lust for a hottie at the "academic factory". Genius if you ask me. Follows the style and tone of the album, maybe not quite as slickly done as the previous track though but more than makes up for it lyrically. "You take your white finger Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttens 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 find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files you must follow, leave this academic factory you will find me in the Matinee the dark of the matinee the dark o f the Matinee is mine yes it's mine I time every journey to bump into you accidentally I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate all the girls I hate all the words i hate all the clothes I hate how I'll never be anything I hate you smile, mention something that you like how you'd have a happy like if you did the things you like find me and follow me... So I'm on BBC2 now telling Terry Wogan how I made it. What i made is unclear now but his dererence is and his laughter is my words and smile are so easy now yes, it's easy now yes, it's easy now find me and follow me..." Class 'Auf Achse' is probably my favourite, just makes me smile when I listen to it. Tells a common story of wanting someone you can't have who isn't nearly as special as you thought anyway. Starts of with keyboard and piano sounds, bit of a cheesey intro to be fair, but thats the beauty of them, they embrace cliche and pay homage to influences of the past. Another track heavily influenced and driven by the rhythm section, a tremendous bass line and Blondie style disco beat. The guitar takes more of a backseat on this one but it's subtlety adds flavour to the song. "You see her You can't touch her You hear her You can't hold her You want her You can't have her You want to But she won't let you She's not so special So look what you've done boy Now you wish she'd never Come back here again You see her You can't touch her You hear her You can't hold her You want her You can't have her You want to But she won't let you She's not so special So look what you've done Bob Now I'm nailed above you Gushing from my side It's with your sins that you have killed me Thinking of your sins I die Thinking how You'd let them touch you How you'd never realise That I'm ripped and hang forsaken Knowing never will I rise Again" The line "So look what you've done Bob" suggests to me that this may well be a personal experience by Robert Hardy. The name also shows the German influence in the band. The next song appeals most to me simple lyrics but the most true. 'Cheating on you totally reminds me of myself hahaha. Just ask the ex. The driving rhythm section inforce here and the guitars make a come back, fairly simple stuff but nice riffs and progessions. An abrupt end finishes the song with punctuation, fitting for the song topic. "Goodbye girl Because I'm lovely Goodbye girl It isn't over Goodbye girl Because it's only love Goodbye girl You know you own me Goodbye girl Yes I'm a loser Goodbye girl You know it's only love I'm cheating on you I'm cheating on you I'm cheating on you You're cheating on me Goodbye girl You are the only one Goodbye girl Although you own me Goodbye girl You only owe me love Goodbye girl Well, if you're lonely Goodbye girl Why don't you join me? Goodbye girl You know it's only love I'm cheating on you I'm thinking of your I'm cheating on you I'm cheating on me Goodbye girl." If you analyse the lyrics then they are so true, the last chorus sums up guys pretty much, can't help but cheat even when they know "I'm cheating on me". 'This Fire' is a song full of passion shown by the use of the word fire and the way the lyrics are delivered. Almost duel lead vocals fit well, the drums and guitar work perfectly together, the almost stacatto chords al ong with the drums form the base of the song with layered guitar on top of that and they all come together to a superb climax, maybe the most rocky track of the album, another sweet one. The way I see the song, the fire is the passion inside of the person, that builds up and has complete control, "If this fire is out of control, Then I, I'm out of control, and I burn" kinda thing. Eyes Boring a way through me Paralyse Controlling completely Now There is a fire in me Fire that burns Fire that burns This fire is out of control I'm going to burn this city Burn this city If this fire is out of control Then I I'm out of control and I burn Eyes Burning a way to me Overwhelm Destroying so sweetly Now There is a fire in me Fire that Burns Fire that burns This fire..." 'Darts of Pleasure' was the first Franz Ferdinand song I heard and I'm guessing it must've been their first single. After seeing this I knew they were gonna be big. Really upbeat and certainly music girls can dance to. Fun lyrics and a really fun song, was a so refreshing when I heard it, I instantly loved them. Each part of them is shown well I hear and in my opinion a far better song than 'Take Me Out'. The video for it is really cool as well. Shown through Alex's mouth in a nicely shot and produce video. "You are the latest contender You are the one to remember You are the villain who sends a Line of dark fantastic passion I know that you will surrender I know that you will surrender I want this fantastic passion Will have fantastic passion You can feel my lips undress your eyes undress your eyes undress your eyes Words of love and words so leisured Words are poisoned darts of pleasure Die and so you die You are the latest contender You're an emoti on avenger You are the devil that sells a line of dark fantastic passion I know that you will surrender I know that you will surrender I want this fantastic passion Will have fantastic passion You can feel my lips undress your eyes Undress your eyes undress your eyes Skin can feel my lips they tingle tense anticipation This one is an easy one Feel the word and melt upon it Words of love and words so leisured Words are poisoned darts of pleasure Die. So I die. Ich heisse super fantastische Ich Trinke champers mit lachsfisch" See what I mean, fun, well written, danceable and one that you find yourself singing along to. 'Darts of Pleasure' isn't an easy one to follow but 'Michael' just about manages it. A bit less light heart but still pretty upbeat, the guitar and singing really shines through on this one and about someone called Michael. Not exactly sure of the point of the lyrics if any but it's good all the same. A song that really shows their energy and passion, wasn't one of my favourites when I first heard it but its grown on me. See what you make of the lyrics. "This is where I'll be so heavenly so come and dance with me Michael So sexy, you're sexy come and dance with me Michael I'm all that you see, you want to see come and dance with me Michael so close now so close now come and dance with me come and dance with me So come and dance with me Michael you're the boy with all the leather hips Sticky hair, stickyhips, stubble on my sticky lips Michael you're the only one I'd ever want only one I'd everwant onlyoneI'd ever want Beautiful boys on a beautiful fance-floor Michael you're dancing like a beautiful dance-whore Michael waiting on a silver platter now... and nothing matters now Thi s is what I am, I am a man come and dance with me Michael so strong now, it's strong now come and dance with me Michael I'm all that you'll be, you'll ever see so come and dance with me, Michael So close now. You're close now. Come and dance with me. Comeanddancewithme. Michael you're the boy with l l l leather hips Sticky hair. Sticky lips. Stubble on my sticky hips. Beautiful boys on a beautiful dance-floor Michael you're the dancing like a beautful dance whore Michael waiting on a silver platter now and nothing matters now" 'COME ON HOME' is an almost train like rhythm going to the song with keyboards featuring fairly heavily as well. Although I certainly wouldn't describe the song as electronic it does remind me of Kraftwerk for some reason. The song is about the relationship of a couple that can't be together and he realises that it's not really so bad but still longs for her to "come on home" "But don't forget to leave". I guess it's their way of saying can't live with them and can't live without them. "Although my lover lives In a place that I can't live I kind of find I like a life This lonely It rips and pierces me In places I can't see I love the rip of nerves The rip that wakes me So come on home I'm where I want to be You're where you want to be Come on we're chasing everything we've ever wanted I replace you easily Replace pathetically I flirt with every flighty thing that falls my way But how I needed you When I needed you Let's not forget We are so strong So bloody strong So come on home Blue light falls Upon your perfect skin Falls and you draw back again Falls and this is how I fell I cannot forget I cannot forg et Come on home Come on home But don't forget to leave" Nearly there folks, last song... "40'" is the closer of the album, guitars, bass, drums, vocals, backing vocals, riffs, chords, melodies, layers....a downbeat ending to a sweet album. So if you've not got it yet, buy it fool! Any comments or corrections welcome, thanks for reading. "As I glance once upon the foam 40' beneath my feet The coldest calm falls through the molten veins Cooling all the blood to slush that congeals aroudn the brain la la la 40' REMAIN Salt scales upon my drying arms Burn my back beneath the sun But I am cold beneath the burning rays Looking down, looking down Down, down again 40' REMAIN" Thats All Folks... P.S. this review was first put up on ciao but i recently found out i could put my ciao reviews on here.
The stream of decent Scottish bands seems to have been carrying on recently with the arrival of Snow Patrol and Franz Ferdinand on the music scene shows that for every Mull Historical Society Scotland is still capable of producing a few decent bands. Having already told you about Snow Patrol it?s obviously the turn of Glasgow based Franz Ferdinand who got together back in 2001 after a couple of friends decided to form and band and then happened to come across another couple of guys who they didn?t know but fancied giving it a try. This has resulted in Ferdinand being made up of 3 Scots and a German a fact that is reflected within their music. The aim of the band well they wanted to meet girls and more importantly wanted to make music for Girls to dance to. Having played a number of underground gigs in Glasgow, during one of which lead singer Al Kapranos was arrested. News of the band spread to London and before they knew it they would be well on the way to major success. The final result 3 years after forming was the release of the self titled debut album Franz Ferdinand. The opening track ?Jacqueline? is a contrast of 2 very different styles, which really compliment each other well. The start is much slower than the rest of the album, with the vocals leading in over the odd strum of the guitar. Then the main part of the song really gets going as the guitar really speeds up and takes over, with a drum beat adding into the back ground and the real start to the album. The lyrics for the remainder of the song are much better than those of the opening segment. The guitars and drumbeat really compliment each other and ultimately the vocals as well making it an easy track to listen to and enjoy. That?s followed up by ?Tell Her Tonight? a fairly short track that is quite reminiscent of the earlier Coral tracks. The guitar and bass really bring the track in with the bass really echoing through the introduction and then the vocals and drums joining in. The pace of the track is pretty quick and the guitars really help to move it along and combined with that booming bass throughout the track give it a real move your body kind of feel. A strong drumbeat really helps the pace of the track as well, while the vocals are really complimented by the beat as well. From the opening tracks I?d say music for girls to dance to is a success. We then come to the bands debut single and the track most of you will have heard. ?Take Me Out? really has helped Franz Ferdinand to make a huge impact on the British music scene. Again it opens with a fast paced guitar intro with the vocals and drums coming in fairly quickly afterwards providing an amazing start to the track. The drumbeat gives it a real feel that you need to just get up and move or just nod your head, basically anything in time to the music to get you moving. The lyrics work really well and as possibly the best track on the album is the perfect example of what Franz Ferdinand are all about. ?The Dark Of The Matinee? has the hard job of following on from ?Take Me Out? and in truth it does succeed. From the opening with the drum beat and guitar combo kicking it off to the slower verse the song really has a good beat and rhythm. The vocals as on all the tracks are amazing and really suit the style of the lyrics and are complimented well by the musical elements of the tracks. A solid drumbeat not only through this track but the whole album really keeps it moving along smoothly. One thing that can be said about Franz is that they are certainly a bit different to anything else around at the moment and this really helps the band keeping tracks like this fresh. As already mentioned there is a distinct German influence in their music and the first track to really show that is ?Auf Achse? for obvious reasons. It starts a little slower than the other with a keyboard getting it underway but when the guitars come in it starts to pick up a bit. The drums join about the same time as the guitars and continue to lead in with the introduction of almost a minute. Again the vocals really give the song an edge as although it has a very repetitive beat and rhythm the vocals and lyrics make this track. Again though that beat although repetitive makes for a really decent track that?s a joy to listen to. Almost half way through the album and we come to ?Cheating On You?. The pace well and truly returns here as the fast guitar intro accompanied by the drums at a similar pace bring in the introduction and get things moving. The vocals seem to slot in nicely and keep the same pace going and not breaking anything up. The drum beat really compliments the entire song and creates a good backbone to be built on while the guitars keep the interest and work really well with the vocals. The joint longest track on the album at just over 4 minutes is ?This Fire?, which begins a tad slower than the last track but quickly builds up. The introduction led by the drums and symbol while a guitar plays a couple of chords over the top sounds like The Strokes, which is never a bad thing. The pace settles down and although not as fast paced as the other tracks it is constant and in no way can be described as mellow. The vocals again sound amazing and work well along side the guitars and after 7 tracks its plain to see Franz Ferdinand are a band with a big future ahead of them. My favourite track has to be ?Darts Of Pleasure? a fairly short track but it sounds just as good as ?Take Me Out? and no doubt will be a future single. The drums start it off before the Bass and then guitars join in followed shortly afterwards by the vocals. The drums again provide a good back bone, keeping a very constant solid beat while the guitars really take over the track and lead it on at a faster pace than the previous one. The vocals again are fantastic and obviously well thought out and written show the band to be a lot more than a one hit wonder. One thing that works well for the album is the pace and length of the tracks with them all being around the three minute mark keeping it punchy but when you come to track 9, ?Michael? so quickly you do start to wish it was a little bit longer. The guitars kick it off with the drums joining almost instantly really counting in through the intro while one guitar really takes off the other keeps in time with the drums throughout the start of the track. This of course is another well written song and the vocals really bring the best out in the lyrics while the guitar really makes the track moving it along and keeping things fresh. Only 2 tracks to go and its onto ?Come On Home?. Another fast start but again although using the guitar and drums every track has started differently which really is a testament to the band. A slower paced beat with the drums but the guitars still give the impression of a faster paced track and this really does work well for the track. The vocals come in fairly soon after the start and although sounding similar to the other tracks they seem to change to suit the pace of the track as the Al does have a distinctive voice but this just adds to the appeal of the band. And now onto the final track of the album ?40ft?. A much slower start with the odd chord of the guitar before a slow drum beat comes in as well and really gets it moving. A bit slower than most of the other tracks but still sounding amazing. The vocals start up after about half a minute and again a combination of great lyrics and a decent singer make this something that?s really worth listening to. The drums keep the beat going that has been there throughout the album and this helps to keep the pace of the album as a whole going even though this is a slower track. The guitars really lead the way though dictating changes in pace and giving the song a real quality, just like the rest of the album. So the aim of the album was to make music for girls to dance to and the end result is really an album that anyone can dance to. A superb debut that will really set Franz Ferdinand on the way. I think from the first 3 months of the year there have been a lot of decent albums this year already and Franz have definitely added one to the list and quite possibly one of the best debuts in years. Its very rare for an album to have 11 amazing tracks and not a weak ling in sight, but Franz Ferdinand manage it. If you like The Strokes then you?ll love Fran or if you like the single ?Take Me Out ? give the album a try. Amazon.co.uk: £8.49
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Tell Her Tonight
3 Take Me Out
4 The Dark Of The Matinee
5 Auf Achse
6 Cheating On You
7 This Fire
8 Darts Of Pleasure
10 Come On Home
11 40 Ft