Tonight Marks Reinvention for Franz Ferdinand

Disco-charged album offers 'brand new start' for Scottish band
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2009 11:08 AM CST
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, left, performs onstage at a music store in London last night as the Scottish group's album went on sale.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Franz Ferdinand’s third album, Tonight, is a “wholesale reinvention of their sound,” writes Andy Langer in Esquire. Establishing riffs rooted in bass rather than their trademark guitar sound, the quartet’s effort—out now—treads where few have dared, says Langer.  “The Achilles heel of postpunk bands from Interpol to the Kaiser Chiefs is that they haven’t effortlessly applied a rock sensibility to disco.”

“How did Scottish people ever have sex before the existence of Franz Ferdinand?” wonders Brian Raftery for Spin, praising Tonights “relentless, yet … exquisite” closing ballad, Katherine Kiss Me: “Like all fleeting hookups, the pleasure comes not only from the consummation, but also from the knowledge that the whole process can start again tomorrow night.”