Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2013 Ratings: #314 / 956
User Score
Based on 172 ratings
2013 Ratings: #280
August 27, 2013 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Basically, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their debut re-imagined for the next decade – gushing with characteristic lurching tempo changes, scream-along choruses and glossy hooks.

83
A.V. Club

By expanding its worldview, Franz Ferdinand has very nicely settled onto a path toward career longevity.

80
The 405

Now, refreshed and invigorated, they return to their gruff, pristine art-rock sexiness. It's not the exact same style as they sauntered into our lives with, they've grown and matured, but it's the natural progression we'd hoped for eight years ago.

80
musicOMH

Franz Ferdinand have done what they didn’t quite manage on Tonight, combining their more experimental leanings with their irresistible dance-punk sound to create right thoughts, right words, right action, right album.

80
DIY

It’s Frankenstein on the dance floor of a Transylvanian indie disco. It’s art pop after dark. It’s, at least on the surface, exactly what’s expected of them.

80
Spin

By embracing divergent collaborators but limiting themselves to 10 tracks and 35 minutes, the boys counter their only fault: sameness. 

80
NME

Mostly though, ‘Right Thoughts…’ hinges on embracing what Franz do well and aiming to do it better. But it’s not all about looking back.

75
The Line of Best Fit

There’s nothing esoteric or markedly divergent here. It sounds precisely like what it is: a very straightforward Franz Ferdinand record.

73
Paste

Maturity is present here. But the best thing about Franz Ferdinand is the group’s perpetual youthfulness and vibrancy. They may fumble here and there, but, for the most part, their latest really does get it right.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s a satisfyingly snack-sized 35 minutes of pop bangers that doesn’t drop the ball once and never overstays its welcome.

70
Consequence of Sound

It’s a tap on the shoulder, a reminder, or a nostalgic look back that this collective works best at providing kitschy, alternative dance anthems for millennials hellbent on shaking it to something more organic.

65
Under The Radar

Ultimately Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the work of a band too settled in their ways and perhaps nervous of straying too far from what they know to ever truly be loved. 

60
The Fly

While there are individual moments that are up there with the band’s best, ‘Right Thoughts…’ falls short of the return to form the opening tracks suggest.

60
PopMatters

A solid if uneven combination of tight, compact punkish rompers and meandering light rock offerings. 

54
Pitchfork

While Right Words achieves a baseline level of quality or at least competency with the exception of “Goodbye Friends and Lovers” and "Love Illumination", they lack the conviction to take most of their lesser ideas to the realm of being unpleasant rather than kinda boring. 

tha138
63
Same thoughts, same words, same action and same old songs
Plats
78
"Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action" doesn't live up to their previous outings, but it's still a fun record with catchy lyrics and wonderful production.

Fav Tracks: Love Illumination, Right Action, Bullet, Evil Eye, Treason! Animals., Fresh Strawberries

Least Fav Track: Brief Encounters

Score:
7.8
Very Good
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Right Action, Stand on the Horizon, Love Illumination
72
1. Right Action - 7.0
2. Evil Eye - 7.5
3. Love Illumination - 9.5
4. Stand on the Horizon - 8.0
5. Fresh Strawberries - 7.0
6. Bullet - 7.5
7. Treason! Animals. - 8.5
8. The Universe Expanded - 5.0
9. Brief Encounters - 7.0
10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends - 5.0

72/100
wowmydude
93
this is without a doubt my favorite album from these guys. they're one of my fav bands and so underrated!!! fun rock anthems u cant help but love
favs: bullet, right action, love illumination
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#27/Amazon
#28/Q Magazine
#46/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Right Action
  2. Evil Eye
  3. Love Illumination
  4. Stand on the Horizon
  5. Fresh Strawberries
  6. Bullet
  7. Treason! Animals.
  8. The Universe Expanded
  9. Brief Encounters
  10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends
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