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, 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…
 Yay for Spinal Tap references!