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Franz Ferdinand “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action”
Back in the early 2000s, alternative rock was in an interesting and exciting place. Bands like Interpol, The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines, and Franz Ferdinand, were bringing back garage rock and post-punk, and several of those groups have gone on to become some of the biggest bands on the planet. Unfortunately, those same bands have been unable to achieve the greatness of their debut album. The Strokes, Interpol, and Franz Ferdinand are definitely the main offenders here. The Strokes turned into a consistent band before experimenting with synth pop. Interpol sort of faded into obscurity. Franz Ferdinand nearly considered breaking up after their third album “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand” didn’t generate the same positive reviews that the first two albums got, mostly the first album.
Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish alternative rock band that got a ton of great reviews for their self-titled first album in 2004, which was loved by critics and sold very well due to some everlasting hits, like “Take Me Out.” Their second album “You Could Have It So Much Better” was well received but not as much as “Franz Ferdinand.” Like I said, “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand” was not received nearly as well as either of the first two albums. And now we’re here. “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.” Four years after their last album.
“Right Thoughts” involves quite a bit of experimentation for the band, and it sort of pays off. Some of the tracks nearly ooze Talking Heads, while others sound like songs The Stone Roses didn’t think were good enough to include on their worst albums. As much as I wish Franz Ferdinand will return to their greatness of 10 years ago, I’m just not sure that will happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being their last album. Sure, the album has its highlights, like the upbeat “Right Action” and the funky “Stand On The Horizon,” but it hardly extends beyond that. It’s a mostly average album, to be honest.
Franz Ferdinand is a good band, and at one point in their career they were a great band. It just does not seem like they’re capable of being a great band again. The songs have turned into some sort of weird Britpop thing that sounds like a Beatles knockoff band that just quit being a Monkees cover band. Maybe Franz can come back and release another great album, but I’m not sure. Releasing a great sophomore album after a great debut album is hard enough, but when you’re this far in your career, they might be too far gone. I guess we’ll see.
SCORE – 4.8
FAVORITE TRACKS – Right Action, Evil Eye, Stand On the Horizon, Treason! Animals., The Universe Expanded