Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

It’s been over three years since the last Franz Ferdinand album, and apart from a sneak preview last year, all we’ve had have been rumours. There was the new musical direction[1], the reports of an album’s worth of recording sessions being abandoned, and probably some other stuff that I missed. But at last, they’ve got it together, and here’s that difficult third album.

And it’s pretty much the same formula as before, with perhaps a greater emphasis on synths than we’re used to, but overall it sounds like a Franz album, and quite honestly, that’s exactly what I wanted it to sound like. I’m only on my second listen as I write this, so I won’t go into much detail on individual songs, but it’s got the fast stompy ones, the slower ballady ones, and all the other stuff you might expect.

The iTunes version comes with a couple of remixes of recent single Ulysses and an apparently exclusive audio commentary to the album, with the band talking about the songs. I haven’t listened to that so far.

The Amazon link is for a “special edition” which comes with a second disc. I can’t comment on that, as I haven’t heard it yet…

[1] Yay for Spinal Tap references!