Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

      Heather Phares: ‘  “I found a new way, baby,” Alex Kapranos snarls on “Ulysses,” Tonight’s lead single and opening track, and he’s almost right. Franz Ferdinand took awhile to record this album after releasing You Could Have It So Much Better as quickly as possible after their breakthrough debut, spending a couple of years coming up with the concept of a “dirty pop” album and trying out dance and pop producers like Erol Alkan and Girls Aloud sound-shapers Xenomania before settling on Dan Carey, who has worked with everyone from CSS to Kylie Minogue. The group tried hard to make these songs a deliberate break from their previous music, and the album is nothing if not deliberate: a concept album about a debauched night out and the morning after, Tonight is more focused than You Could Have It So Much Better, and on the surface, Franz Ferdinand – Tonight sounds different than what came before. The band’s normally de rigueur angular post-punk guitars are dialed down in favor of beats, bass, and lots of keyboards, all of which are on display on “Ulysses,” which, like You Could Have It So Much Better’s “Do You Want To?,” initially sounds like an odd single choice, then makes perfect sense after a few listens. Kapranos whispers like a devil on your shoulder as the band takes its time building to disco-punk euphoria….... yet it still feels like Franz Ferdinand has the potential to do more with their music than just slightly tweak and polish a sound they established several albums ago. ‘

 

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight Tracklist

  1. Ulysses (3:13)
  2. Turn It On (2:23)
  3. No You Girls (3:44)
  4. Twilight Omens (2:32)
  5. Send Him Away (3:01)
  6. Live Alone (3:36)
  7. Bite Hard (3:31)
  8. What She Came For (3:28)
  9. Can’t Stop Feeling (3:05)
  10. Lucid Dreams (7:57)
  11. Dream Again (3:20)
  12. Katherine Kiss Me (2:56)

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight

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