Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

by Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - German Import)

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Scotland's fertile indie scene -- which has turned out everything from the baroque pop of Belle & Sebastian to the throbbing prog-rock of Mogwai -- produces yet another winner with art-punk quartet Franz Ferdinand. A top-selling act in the U.K., FF answer the post-punk call of New York City throwbacks such as the Strokes, the Rapture, and Interpol. That said, the band cover the waterfront on their debut, suggesting the Stranglers with the sweaty sexual innuendo of "Darts of Pleasure," Pulp on the keyboard-doused "Come on Home," and Gang of Four's angular guitar work on the dramatic, funk-rock single "Take Me Out." The twin axe attack, in particular, gives Franz Ferdinand a pep to its step, as Nick McCarthy and singer Alex Kapranos, both on guitar, spar with bassist Bob Hardy, and with one another, on scrabbling, angst-riddled songs like "Jaqueline," on which Kapranos spits out lyrics such as "It's always better on holiday / That's why we only work when we need the money." When he isn't churning out working-class screeds, Kapranos focuses on more corporeal issues, as on the lusty "Michael," which takes cues from a long line of glammy singers who've flirted with ambisexuality -- from Bowie to Morrissey to Suede's Brett Anderson. It may sound chaotic, but Kapranos and his gang wear their influences well, and retro as it may be, Franz Ferdinand's style is fun, energetic, and utterly of the moment.

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Release Date: 02/12/2004
Label: Domino Records Uk
UPC: 5034202113614
catalogNumber: 0211361

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