AOTY 2019
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2004 Ratings: #15 / 363
User Score
Based on 401 ratings
2004 Ratings: #26
March 9, 2004 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
It's symptomatic of the originality that makes Franz Ferdinand so intriguing. Their debut album pulls off a fine balancing act: clever without sounding pretentious, idiosyncratic but easy to get along with, a shift away from post-Britpop traditionalism that still recognises the importance of writing great pop songs.
100
Uncut

This dynamic, direct debut (under 40 minutes) has a gleaming six-pack for a belly and belches lavender. It’s made by funky, punky junk-shop monkeys who strut, swagger and shrug nonchalantly.

91
Pitchfork

Like all lasting records, Franz Ferdinand steps up to the plate and boldly bangs on the door to stardom. There's no consideration for what trends have just come and gone. There's no waffling or concessions for people who won't get it.

90
Sputnikmusic
Jam-packed with fidgety angular guitar hooks, catchy sing-along choruses, witty satirical lyrics and harmonic vocal melodies, this is an exciting and vibrant album that consistently excels.
90
NME
This is an album as much about preening and posing as passion, that’ll have you poring over the lyrics for an age. The fear that they couldn’t match their first two singles has proved unfounded. They’ve done it. With style, wit and, well, great posture.
84
Coke Machine Glow

Franz Ferdinand is an excellent debut from a charismatic band that deserves to light up indie-discos across the country.

80
AllMusic

Despite its slight unevenness, Franz Ferdinand ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, and it's apparent that they're one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage rock/post-punk revival.

80
God Is in the TV
This is a classic British album and one to seriously treasure. Its array of songs is incredible and it strikes a blow against the increasingly Americanised world of the 'in' music.
70
Drowned in Sound
Whereas the initial spin of ‘Franz Ferdinand’ forced this reviewer to slump against the wall and proclaim “is this it?” (that’s the obligatory Strokes reference out of the way), repeated plays reveal something deeper. Must. Get. Tunes. Out. Of. Head.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes
There are enough hooks, attention to the rhythm section, and variation in style that most anyone with a pulse will be able to find at least something they like here.
70
No Ripcord

It's an impressive yet inconsistent debut record from a promising young band. Thanks to the efforts of the hype-machine, however, listening to it without hearing the faint echoes of overblown acclaim and ridiculously exaggerated statements is nigh on impossible.

70
Rolling Stone
The inevitable U.K.-press hype is justified: Franz Ferdinand's debut draws from beloved Brit pop and post-punk bands without the usual plagiarism. Favoring sweaty, uncertain rhythms over cold, processed beats, the album remains true to the band's original goal.
Plats
92
Franz Ferdinand is probably one of the most charming indie bands to emerge in the mid-2000's and their debut is untouchable in terms of quality for them (never mind). The instrumentation is top-notch, the riffs are superb, the writing is clever and every single song is irresistibly catchy and danceable as all hell! Overall, this is just a fun little record, and I can't fault it for that!

Fav Tracks: Take Me Out, Michael, Darts Of Pleasure, This Fire, The Dark Of The Matinee, Auf Achse, ... read more
tha138
83
This is one those fascinating debuts, coming out of Great Britain, full of exceptional, indie tunes, able to drift everybody with their irresistible urge.
Satisfaction guaranteed!
Sondols
69
lol 69
Notorious_Man
73
Edit: THE CONCERT WASD FIREEEEEEEEWEWWEREEEEE!!!!! Maybe it was tpo short, bur why trhe bhell is it eartly in he mornioiiinng, why am I seeying tweo moons in the sky and WHYYY AM I SIOOOOOOO DRUUUUUUNKK???

Yo I’m about to see Franz Ferdinand live and am hoping it kicks ass. Not a huge fan oftheirs, but their debut album is pretty dope. Wish me luck!
thegeecyproject
95
This was the first album I ever bought. "Take Me Out" was the song that made me fall in love with music. I saw the music video on TV in 2004 and my mind was blown. I got so obsessed with the song, that I wanted the album. When I finally got the album, I wore out that CD so badly. Looking back, Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut is packed full of danceable grooves, impeccable guitar riffs and endless charm courtesy of Alex Kapranos. I'm surprised how incredibly well it holds up for ... read more
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Year End Lists

#1/NME
#3/SPIN
#26/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. Jacqueline
  2. Tell Her Tonight
  3. Take Me Out
  4. The Dark of the Matinée
  5. Auf Achse
  6. Cheating on You
  7. This Fire
  8. Darts of Pleasure
  9. Michael
  10. Come on Home
  11. 40' 
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