23 Songs, 1 Hour 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after the last Franz Ferdinand album, Alex Kapranos and Co. come raging back with the tightest and most focused album of their career. The Scottish quartet has one foot in glam rock and the other in electronic dance music, making crossovers simple and light. It's actually a matter of degrees between the cheeky, bouncy "Stand on the Horizon" (which wants to dominant dance floors with a nonstop bass line) and "Love Illumination" (where the group cranks up the guitars, multiplies the vocals, and rocks harder than bands whose only job is to knock you out). McCartney-esque pop flows through the smooth-voiced "Fresh Strawberries." FF's most dangerous weapon is how well the members chase one another around the tracks, with bass and lead guitars choosing their octaves and never letting go. "Bullet" is a brutal lesson in team spirit. "Treason! Animals" works even harder. In the softer spots ("The Universe Expanded"), Kapranos sounds weary—but with such a supportive band behind him, he's never lonely for long. The deluxe version adds 13 live tracks, including eight live performances of new tracks to accompany five classic FF tunes.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after the last Franz Ferdinand album, Alex Kapranos and Co. come raging back with the tightest and most focused album of their career. The Scottish quartet has one foot in glam rock and the other in electronic dance music, making crossovers simple and light. It's actually a matter of degrees between the cheeky, bouncy "Stand on the Horizon" (which wants to dominant dance floors with a nonstop bass line) and "Love Illumination" (where the group cranks up the guitars, multiplies the vocals, and rocks harder than bands whose only job is to knock you out). McCartney-esque pop flows through the smooth-voiced "Fresh Strawberries." FF's most dangerous weapon is how well the members chase one another around the tracks, with bass and lead guitars choosing their octaves and never letting go. "Bullet" is a brutal lesson in team spirit. "Treason! Animals" works even harder. In the softer spots ("The Universe Expanded"), Kapranos sounds weary—but with such a supportive band behind him, he's never lonely for long. The deluxe version adds 13 live tracks, including eight live performances of new tracks to accompany five classic FF tunes.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Tots magoats ,

Pleasant surprise

Reminds me how much I like this style of music. Like old FF and Kaiser Chiefs and Jets 'Shaka Rock' album.

Mr. Roderick ,

New Single; Same Great Flare

This song is awesome, but I can't say I'm suprised. These guys never seem to disappoint. This step back towards their old sound was a smart move on their part. I look forward to hearing the rest of this album!

Beginning Photog ,

Sharp and Fantastic Album

Franz Ferdinand have always been a tight, tune-filled band. They always seem to float on and off the radar, but are always good. "Right Words, Right Action" is better than good though. It is a great set of songs, delivered in classic debut album fashion. I think its better than the first album. It's as sharp as that album, but benefits from their growth as musician and songwriters. The deluxe edition adds live versions of some of their best songs, and they are AMAZING live. So amazingly tight. The live version of "Do You Wanna" alone is worth the purchase price.

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