Monday, January 12, 2009

Hurray! Franz Ferdinand are back!

I just received an e-mail from "Web-Sheriff" who, on behalf of Domino Records (Franz's label), asks me to remove the tracks from Tonight: Franz Ferdinand I posted for STREAMING, and not downloading. You can read all about it in the comment section.
I just want to say how stupid all this is... And how disappointed I am about labels still not understanding we bloggers are HELPING artists by previewing tracks, and perhaps making our readers buy records/downloads in the end. So I'm sorry you won't be able to hear FF's new tracks here before the CD is released.
Labels, it's high time you start thinking outside of the box!
I'll be glad to publish any answer and/or comment on that point.
2009 is starting quite well with the return of one of the most interesting British bands at the moment. Alex Kapranos’ Franz Ferdinand are back, more than three years after the release of their previous record You Could Have It So Much Better.
Their new album, out on January 26th is called Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and doesn’t only have a great cover picture!
Remember how great their first eponymous album was? Take Me Out, The Dark of The Matinee, This Fire, Tell Her Tonight, Jacqueline… In fact I could write all the song titles! Their second record was less immediately addictive but after a few listens revealed itself as a fantastic piece of work. It was a real evolvement from their early work and you could really tell they were trying to make a sound of their own.

Now, on Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, they seem to be willing to establish this trademark sound and Kapranos’ vocals, which is not a bad thing. The tracks sound a little less like hit-material on first listen, but the whole thing is eventually very consistent and exciting.
Most tracks need at least two listens before they reveal their potential, such as the first single Ulysses, which I didn’t really like when I first heard it two months ago. In fact I got caught by its sexiness and its catchy chorus and la-la-la-la in less time Amy needs to get wasted in St Lucia.
Apart from Ulysses, the album is filled with great and catchy songs, just like they got us used to before. But this time around they managed to make them a little less immediate, and worthy of our attention. So I’d say I really liked going through Tonight and I still do after repeated listens. For the moment the standout tracks for me are Live Alone, Bite Hard and What She Came For. Lucid Dreams, which leaked a while ago is also a great song, sounds a lot better than before, probably because it’s part of a more complete lot. Plus, it’s got a 4-minute electro-instrumental outro which will undoubtedly make a lot of DJs happy!

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand comes out on Jan 26 in a 1 or 2-disc edition (the second one offering remixes). You can pre-order it online (FNAC if you’re in France, Amazon UK or US if not) and of course you can buy it as a legal download on iTunes, 7 Digital etc.

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Hi Lo à l'adresse,

On behalf of Domino Records and Franz Ferdinand, we would kindly ask you
not to post copies of "Tonight" on your site (or any non-preview tracks
from the artist's new album - street date 26th January).

We do appreciate that you are fans of / are promoting Franz Ferdinand,
but the label and artist would greatly appreciate your co-operation in
removing your links to the pirate files in question.

Thank you for respecting the artist's and label's wishes ... .. and, if
you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, official preview
tracks, "Ulysses" is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post /
host etc ... .. check-out the artist's MySpace and YouTube for audio and
video streams at and ... .. and, for info on
"Tonight" and the band's 2009 shows, check-out

As you will appreciate, this e-mail is written on a without prejudice
basis and, as such, all of our clients' accumulated, worldwide rights
and remedies remain strictly reserved : please excuse this required

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