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  • Summary: The most hyped band to come out of the UK in early 2004 is Glasgow, Scotland's Franz Ferdinand, an art-rock quartet who make their full-length debut with this self-titled release, the winner of the UK's coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2004.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    For all the influences, their voice is uniquely, gently mad. [Mar 2004, p.88]
  2. 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.
  3. It marks the dawning of an era of British music that isn’t just for the casual petrol shop consumer, but stuff so important that you can give yourself to it completely. This is the album that’s going kick open the door for all the great British bands that’ll sweep through in their wake.
  4. Remarkable for its excellence and not its originality.
  5. 80
    The songs feel like they're boiling over, there's so much heat under them. [Mar 2004, p.95]
  6. The most ebullient British debut since Elastica. [Mar 2004, p.102]
  7. Franz Ferdinand's music possesses an intriguing, passive-aggressive kind of wasted elegance that never quite pays off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 152
  1. VitoV
    Jan 29, 2009
  2. sonofetr2112
    Sep 6, 2004
    This i think is an awesome album. just when i thought creativity and invention had left the music scene, here comes franz ferdinand as a shiny new beacon of light. i pity the guy abouve who gave this album a 2. He obviously can't see a great thing, even when it SLAPS him in the face, like this album. Expand
  3. KellyW
    Feb 26, 2005
    A amazing little album that you can vacuum the house to.
  4. MikeB
    Mar 31, 2004
    Simply great. Finally I don't have to get drunk to want to dance.
  5. Rik
    Jan 28, 2006
    THis is absolutely the best album I ve heard in years and it keeps Indie music alive!!
  6. carlos
    May 16, 2005
    ummm good?
  7. TimB.
    Mar 10, 2004
    Why is it that all these no name bands get great reviews. All these indie/art rock bands are nothing and will never be remembered for anything.

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