Day 15: Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
- Tell Her Tonight
- Take Me Out
- Dark Side of the Matinée
- Auf Achse
- Cheating On You
- This Fire
- Darts of Pleasure
- Come On Home
About the Album
Franz Ferdinand is the self-titled debut album of Glasgow native band, Franz Ferdinand. The album was release in 2004. The album received universal acclaim from music critics worldwide.
Thoughts on the tracklist
The album opens with “Jacqueline.” The song opens softly with a light guitar and the vocals of the lead singer. The beat kicks in and soon begins a brilliant fast-paced rocker with a definite retro theme. Following this is the excellent “Tell Her Tonight.” With David Bowie-like vocals, the band sing about a girl who must be informed of something – the ‘something’ is rather ambiguous, however, making you think what it could be in the verses.
The band’s debut single is up next, “Take Me Out”. The song opens loudly and the beat soon kicks in, only to slow down steadily until anthemic bass line kicks in around the 0:50-0:55 mark. This is by far the greatest and probably most awesome hand-clapper of a song that I have ever heard. The lyrics are bright and vibrant, as are the vocals and the entire composition – absolute masterpiece!
“The Dark Of The Matinée” is up next and was the second single to be taken from the album. In this song, the band sing of meeting a girl in the matinée. It’s very old fashioned in style, but the music is relative to the time and fresh. It also captures romantic escapism via dazzling wordplay.
The next song is “Auf Achse” which is a great song with a brilliant one-minute musical intro, before the singing starts. The song sings of wanting a girl bad style, but not being able to have her. It’s a good song… not great… just an awkward fit.
“Cheating On You” begins like some 60’s-psychedelia song that sounds like it is coming straight out of a ’60s cult spy film. The lyrics are once again repetitive, but then again, when you can nod your head or clap your hands or dance to the beat, who cares, right?
“This Fire” and “Darts of Pleasure” follow. “This Fire” is a smoldering and burning song containing Hypnotic lyrics give way to a pounding, vibrant song that burns right into you….crack out the water hydrants…. While both are lyrically repetitive in each song respectively, they still maintain Franz Ferdinand’s style of sound. I will say this about “Darts of Pleasure,” is again another storming track, that packs in a lot of high energy and thumping bassline, that feels like it has its tongue firmly in its cheeks with its random German chorus of “Ich heisse superfantastiche!”
“Michael”: This song took a while to grow on me, but now I really like it. It has some crazy guitar work, and all in all is a very, well, frenetic song. The lyrics are hilarious, yet can be considered crude and offensive to some.
Thoughts on the album
Another one of my favorites from the mid-2000s. What I love about Franz Ferdinand, is that there are no filler songs. There are no songs that are there just to take up minutes. Every song fits their style and album. I love the cleverness that is smash hit “Take Me Out”. You would think it’s about someone asking someone out, right? NOPE. Wrong. The material of the songs usually fit relationships or dance type themes. HOWEVER, everyone should know that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand started World War I and “Take Me Out” is a song covering that subject rather than the assumed asking someone out.
The fact that there is a song that makes a reference to a historical event is a plus in my book. Every song had me jumping and dance. Each song is catchy and as a unique kind of pseudo-disco-funk-rock that only a bunch of Scotsmen could create.