• Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. While not every song is a rousing success, Blood feels fresh and alive--and underscores that Franz Ferdinand should take chances like this more often.
  2. Franz Ferdinand attempt to put some dub in the music and end up with (re)mixed results.
  3. 60
    The going is initially uncertain, but by 'Turn It On,' space and size begin to shift and singer Alex Kapranos shimmers in and out of the mix. [Jul 2009, p.106]
  4. If you were merely whelmed by FF’s anaemic third, then this album of dub versions could be the infusion you’re looking for.
  5. Franz's music is usually as crisp and tight as its constructivist cover art, and though reformatted, stretched out, and slowed down on Blood, it still maintains a strong pulse.
  6. Really, the only audience for Blood is the utter completist who’s going to need “Be Afraid” or the latecoming devotee who missed out on Blood as a pack-in with Tonight.
  7. Certainly the reverb/echo-drenched deconstructions of 'No You Girls' and 'Ulysses' pack a punch, but elsewhere it feels merely like an exercise in bolstering beats, amping basslines, then adding some beeps and FX. Pointless, really. [Jul 2009, p.122]
  8. If you liked Franz Ferdinand's last album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, but thought it was missing something--perhaps a futuristic, stoner-friendly electro vibe?--you're in luck.
  9. 60
    More than just rote electro workouts, Carey successfully transforms 'Can't Stop Feeling' and 'Turn It On' into rich, dubby bleepfests. More of this invention on the album proper wouldn't have gone amiss. [Jul 2009, p.88]
  10. The album only falls short here and there. [Summer 2009, p.72]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    10
    I have always found it a tragedy that most people listening to Franz Ferdinand will not understand the inspiration behind the music. The bestI have always found it a tragedy that most people listening to Franz Ferdinand will not understand the inspiration behind the music. The best they might get is that it's "retro". Pushing the boat further into the woozy, grimy waters of dub, drum and bass and even a bit of original ska, 'Blood' is the most interesting project the band has ever been part of. Sounding equally fresh and retro, the reworkings of the 'Tonight' tracks take on ominous, deviant and irresistible atmosphere and transport you right onto the smoky dancefloor of some post punk club. Epic. Full Review »