Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Music Spotlight: Franz Ferdinand

Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Albums: Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight

Franz Ferdinand broke onto the American music scene in 2004 with the single "Take Me Out," a driving dose of power that featured an irresistible guitar hook. That led to the release of their self-titled debut which compiled enough gritty guitar riffs, synth undertones and driving beats to make for a fun, fast listen that make you go back and replay it immediately.

They followed up the success of the their first album with You Could Have It So Much Better. Instead of a departure from Franz Ferdinand, it was almost like a companion to it, keeping the same sounds and feel. Interestingly enough, the standout track, "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" is a fantastic ballad that strays the most in style from their previous efforts.

Tonight, their third offering, provides a slightly different look at the band as they move their way through 12 tracks, each one a little more exploratory than the previous. "Ulysses" kicks things off with a clearly different approach from the last album and just gets better with each listen. "No You Girls" will sound familiar with its tie to the iPod Touch commercial and is a catchy track all its own. Overall, Tonight is distinctly Franz Ferdinand, but it shows the band is willing to grow, even if it is a gradual process.
Franz Ferdinand is located in the Rock Music section: MR Franz

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