Editors’ Notes The departure of founding member and guitarist Nick McCarthy appears to have refocused Franz Ferdinand—they've traded guitar-driven indie anthems for synth-heavy disco-rock. High-energy comeback single “Always Ascending” opens the album with a climax of pulsating post-punk beats while polished dance track “Feel the Love Go” is fuelled by a filthy saxophone riff. Alex Kapranos’ velvet vocals breathe life into lyrics about the American healthcare crisis (“Huck and Jim”) and the self-serving side of altruism (“Lois Lane”). Well into their career, Franz Ferdinand sound as invigorating as ever.

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Always Ascending
1
5:21
 
Lazy Boy
2
2:59
 
Paper Cages
3
3:40
 
Finally
4
3:09
 
The Academy Award
5
4:14
 
Lois Lane
6
3:34
 
Huck and Jim
7
3:35
 
Glimpse of Love
8
3:12
 
Feel the Love Go
9
4:46
 
Slow Don't Kill Me Slow
10
5:18
 

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