It’s been a while since we heard the name Franz Ferdinand. Everybody remembers that catchier-than-hell tune of ‘Take Me Out’, but when you really think about how old you were when you were dancing and singing along to that it, it kind of puts into perspective how long ago Franz Ferdinand’s popularity was at its peak. Sure, they had some success in their following albums, and the name is still recognisable as a throwback to yesteryear, but it’s clear that the success they heralded with that first burst didn’t last. Like a firework, they had all their best moments at the start before fading away. So, it was with a bit of an unsure hesitancy that their latest offering was received.
In four words, they’ve still got it. Right Thoughts begins on its title track, entering into a dance floor filler with a chorus that echoes back to those fun times at school discos and summers with no end. The riff says it all, and will continue to play in the listener’s head long after the headphones have come off. It’s clean, it’s fun and it screams for a dance routine. The follow through with ‘Evil Eye’ has all the reminiscence of a children’s Halloween special theme tune (with the exception of the lyric “you randy bastard”), but shows how Franz have kept their charming melodies and inoffensive style, even against the onslaught of modern pop culture (Miley Cyrus, we’re all looking at you).
As the album progresses we get more and more of Alex Kapranos’ wonderfully straight forward lyrics. There’s not much room for interpretation here, it’s all laid out very plainly in front of you; which to be honest is quite a nice change in comparison to some bands whose lyrics could only be described as a philosophical labyrinth. A personal favourite lies in the line “I’m in love with a narcissist/I know for the mirror told me”, taken from the track ‘Treason! Animal’, yet another 4/4 beat with a comfortable rhythm and memorable riff. The album plays with no major surprises, but more like a soundtrack, with each track telling a story. It’s well worth the time to sit and listen to this creation from end to end, with a foot tapping or head bobbing the whole way through.
One of the most loveable facts about this album (in this reviewer’s opinion) is that it is seemingly filled with track after track of followable beats, easy to learn choruses and temporarily memorable riffs. The only reason for the addition of the word temporary in the previous statement is that when the album is played end to end, each song replaces the previous in terms of ‘sticking-in-your-head’. This is no bad attribute, if anything it’s a sign that Franz have struck gold in this wonderfully easy album, but it also means that there are no clear singles in the album; each one could be released and have its own success.
As a whole, the album shows that although the Glaswegian outfit have been pretty quiet in recent years, whatever they’ve been up to has kickstarted that creativity engine all over again. The boys are back with a bang, with a very good sign of things to come.
Check out the video for ‘Right Action’ below via YouTube.