Thursday, January 29, 2009

Review: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Album: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
In a nutshell: Same old stuff with irrelevant new tricks

I really wanted to like this album. I really did. I found their first two albums to be quite fresh, different and energetic. The self-titled album brought us the excellent 'Take Me Out' and ' The Dark Of The Matinee.' 'You Could Have It So Much Better' brought to our ears the brilliant 'Do You Want To' and 'The Fallen.'

On 'Tonight:," there are really no stand-out tracks. There are no horrible tracks either. Just distinctly average, unimaginative songs that kind of drag on and bore you to death. Alex Kapranos's voice is annoying at times. On songs like 'No You Girls' the choruses just hammer into your head trying to get you to catch on but never really succeeding. It just becomes an annoying mantra that gets your head in.

Every song sounds like an attempt to improve on old songs, and it almost always never works in this album. Couple that with instances of synth that just sounds like it was put as an afterthought, I really can't enjoy any of the songs.

From looking at reviews though, it seems that I'm alone in seeing this album as a disappointment. Really, I fail to see how this album can be considered good, let alone great.

Signing out

Over and out

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