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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'