Franz_Ferdinand-Tonight_Franz_Ferdinand-2009-DV8Artist: Franz FerdinandTitle: Tonight: Franz FerdinandLabel: DominoGenre: IndieBitrate: 202kbit av.Time: 00:42:38Size: 66.27 mbRip Date: 2009-01-10Str Date: 2009-01-261. Ulysses 3:112. Turn It On 2:203. No You Girls 3:414. Twilight Omens 2:295. Send Him Away 2:596. Live Alone 3:297. Bite Hard 3:268. What She Came For 3:529. Can't Stop Feeling 3:0210. Lucid Dreams 7:5611. Dream Again 3:1812. Katherine Kiss Me 2:55Release Notes:Naming themselves after the archduke whose assassinationsparked the First World War, the band mix grandeur andpretension with a shrewd pop touch. Their self-titled debutalbum didn't so much light up the charts as turn the salesbook into an inferno, while follow-up 'You Could Have It SoMuch Better' came equipped with a stunning arsenal of singles.But then the trail goes cold. The band retreat to Glasgow,with the Franz Ferdinand citadel surrounded by the cloud ofrumour as a thousand lesser acts go screaming up the chartsonly to fall back in a blaze of mediocrity.Sitting idle since 2005, 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' is analbum long-delayed. Sessions with the slick pop machineXenomania ended badly, forcing the group to spend longer onthe album than they anticipated. During the prolongeddowntime, the band began exploring new influences, addingelectro, Afrobeat and µ60s garage sounds to the studiojukebox.Opening track and comeback single 'Ulysses' encapsulates thedrama of the band's return. Franz Ferdinand emerge from theirhiatus with a bass-heavy intro, before Alex Kaprano's familiarvoice hisses and seethes from the speakers. As dancefloorfriendly as a handshake with Erol Alkan, it name-checks JamesJoyce's groundbreaking novel amid the refrain, 'I found a newway'. At times gloriously over the top, it never loses itsshrewd pop vision ending in a maelstrom of antique synthsbeing pushed into the 21st Century.This confusing blend of past and present runs through thethrobbing veins of 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'. The gentleAfrican skank of 'Send Him Away' rumbles along nicely, almoststaining the coffee table with its polite Afrobeat mannerisms.But suddenly the band erupts into a frenetic Fela Kuti-stylebreakdown - like a circuit pushed to overloading, 'Send HimAway' sparks and spasms into life.Shimmering disco scenery dominates the landscape of thisalbum. Producer Dan Carey recalls the adventurous spirit ofthe Moroder era, as the band battle creaking antique synths tofind their true voice. 'Twilight Omens' opens with an almostDaft Punk-inspired riff, before leaping headlong into groovyRoxy Music-style rhythm. This is an album that right from itstitle down to the last notes is bathed in moonlight, its skinbleached with the glitter of the disco ball.The album's centrepiece is 'Lucid Dreams', possibly the moststunning and ambitious recording the band have put their namesto. The vocals are hidden in the mix, allowing the runawaymomentum of the song to gallop ahead of Kapranos. A triumph ofDarey's production skills, 'Lucid Dreams' threatens to spinoff in almost a dozen different directions, held together bythe rhythmic gravity of Paul Thomson's insistent drum beats.It runs for an epic seven minutes, shattering FranzFerdinand's pop framework into a thousand electronicfragments.Refining and transcending their familiar pop formula,'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' is the band's most complete work todate. Worth the wait, and in all honesty better than we couldever have hoped for.
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