Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2009 Ratings: #499 / 880
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2009 Ratings: #95
Liked by 1 person
January 27, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Tonight isn’t a bad album by any means, and it’s certainly an improvement on their last effort. But at the same time you can’t shake the feeling that they missed a trick.


It's often catchy and kinetic in the moment, yet it still feels like Franz Ferdinand has the potential to do more with their music than just slightly tweak and polish a sound they established several albums ago.

Under The Radar

Taken as a whole, it’s the rare album that flirts with enough styles that it renders notions of classification irrelevant, and ultimately more of a Franz Ferdinand album than a dance album.

American Songwriter

A concept album in reverse-as the band only realized during sequencing that the songs told the story of a long night of hedonism that ends in loneliness-the arena-sized hooks and shout-along choruses remain, but the grooves are always at the album’s center.


1. Ulysses: 8,5/10.
2. Turn It On: 6,0/10.
3. No You Girls: 5,0/10.
4. Send Him Away: 4,0/10.
5. Twilight Omens: 4,5/10.
6. Bite Hard: 5,5/10.
7. What She Came For: 4,5/10.
8. Live Alone: 4,0/10.
9. Can't Stop Feeling: 5,0/10.
10. Lucid Dreams: 8,5/10.
11. Dream Again: 4,5/10.
12. Katherine Kiss Me: 5,0/10.

Average: 5,4/10.
Franz Ferdinand takes a different, electro-disco-oriented approach on "Tonight", which fits perfectly with the overall concept. It's nothing ambitious. Just a night out with lots of dancing, crowds and the possibility of scoring with that one girl that catches your eye. Of course, I have way too much anxiety for parties like that but I do have the confidence to say that this is a great, charming record with fantastic production and witty writing. It's not as consistent as their ... read more
In their third album, Franz Ferdinand decided to experiment with electronic beats and released a Dance-Punk album. "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" is a pick-me-up and funky album like its predecessors, but you can dance with it too.

Highlights: "Ulysses", "No You Girls ", "Twilight Omens", "Bite Hard", "What She Came For", "Lucid Dreams"
Franz's best work is a concept album about a night out. It starts when the persona calls his friends to party all night and "get high" ("Ulysses"); at the party he experiences some flirting ("No You Girls"), jealousy ("Turn It On" / "Send Him Away"), making out ("What She Came For"), dancing alone ("Can't Stop Feeling") and ultimately an epic orgasm ("Lucid Dreams"); after party, there is the inevitable hangover ... read more
The third studio album from the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, and after two incredible albums, I had quite high hopes for this one. Starting with what I enjoyed, I feel that they managed to implement electronic instruments, and rather than fall flat like I assumed it would, it worked very well, and in some cases, it improved it. I also think that about 50% of the songs on here are some of the best work they’ve done, no you girls, cant stop feeling and lucid dreams are great songs. ... read more
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