Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2009 Ratings: #481 / 866
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2009 Ratings: #152
January 27, 2009 / Release Date
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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.

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
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
Franz ferdinand takes a little bit different sound to their discographfy ,but still got the overwhalming charisma.This time with art rock album about one long night.In 2004 we got one of the most essential rock albums of 2000s,then a good enough follow up and now after 4 year break Franz ferdinand returns with their best work so far(in my opinion) .From best bass line of Franz ferdinand´s discography on ´´What she came for´´ to 70´s like ´´Live ... read more
To all you post-punk enthusiasts, tonight the Ferdinands are in the mood for dancing.
So, they get rid of the past, except some riffs and folow the signs to the closest dance floor.
Follow them, only if you share the same mood.
it starts so so so well but eventually gets a bit lost by the end. it carries a really cool atmosphere and an aesthetic through it all tho and that is pretty cool
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Track List

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