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Music Review: Franz Ferdinand make loud comeback

Music Review: Franz Ferdinand make loud comeback

Franz Ferdinand, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action," (Domino)

August 30th, 2013 by REETU RUPAL, Associated Press in News

It's been four years since Franz Ferdinand's last album "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand," and in that time the band nearly managed to split up, but thankfully they did not.

Instead they've recharged their batteries and made a fourth album, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action." It's a 10-track experience of clever songwriting, catchy riffs and pure indie punk passion. "Love Illumination" is a standout track with its 1980s flare and unforgettable synth keyboard. "Bullet" shines with crashing guitars and an immense presence that jumps right out at you.

There's no massive shift in Franz Ferdinand's direction that most bands suffer in their "hiatus" period, however, the influence of guest producers is evident. Todd Terje, Roxanne Clifford (Veronica Falls) and Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John) all lend a hand, as well as Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, whose contribution to "Right Action" is remarkable, with its opening beat and mesmerizing flow. The pace slows down on the electronic ballad "The Universe Expanded," where Alex Kapranos' soft vocals shine. "Brief Encounters" is another signature Franz offering with vintage keys and heavy percussion.

The closing track, "Goodbye Lovers and Friends," could be mistaken for a final bow out with lyrics like: "When they lie and say this is not the end, you can laugh and say we're still together, but this really is the end." Thankfully it's not - we hope.