Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2004 Ratings: #20 / 299
User Score
Based on 343 ratings
2004 Ratings: #25
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.
Sondols
69
lol 69
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!
DalekTurret32
96
Jacqueline [96]
Tell Her Tonight [90] (-)
Take Me Out [98]
The Dark Of The Matinee [97]
Auf Achse [96]
Cheating On You [97]
This Fire [98]
Darts Of Pleasure [96]
Michael [98]
Come On Home [97]
40' [97]

Top 5:

5. 40'
4. Come On Home
3. Take Me Out
2. Michael
1. This Fire
morningsbell
74
Surprised that the lead singer is straight
Hops
85
Top 5 Tracks
- Take Me Out
- The Dark Of The Matinee
- Michael
- This Fire
- Darts Of Pleasure
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END OF YEAR 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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