Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    83
    By expanding its worldview, Franz Ferdinand has very nicely settled onto a path toward career longevity.
  2. 83
    This is a staggering return to form for the Glaswegian quartet, the sound of Franz Ferdinand coming home after a four year long absence--with the right thoughts, the right words, and the right album.
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action is a welcome return, fusing a crowd-pleasing sound with some of Franz Ferdinand's most interesting songwriting. Track for track, it may very well be the group's most satisfying album yet.
  4. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    All those disparate styles and references should logically clash, yet here they flow seamlessly. By Franz standards, it's relaxed. Believe it or not, it's also compact and concise.
  5. 80
    It’s an album that tries not to shout ‘old school Franz are back’, even though it unmistakably signals that old school Franz are back.
  6. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    This is the album for people who used to be Franz Ferdinand fans but strayed. It gives them a reason to come back.
  7. After an average third LP and a four-year hiatus, the art-rockers are once again all kinds of excellent.
  8. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    It's only later that you realise Franz Ferdinand's fourth isn't just a return to form but a tuneful meditation on death, decay and the void.
  9. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    Franz Ferdinand's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is an unapologetically swaggering disco-rock album that refuses to overstay its welcome.
  10. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    This is a return to form for Franz Ferdinand; they've indeed retrieved the right thoughts and words to create a dynamic new set of pop hits in-the-making.
  11. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    Larceny and sharp, immediate hooks permeate everything they do, and so it is with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
  12. Aug 21, 2013
    80
    Their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a thumping beast full of deliberate, sudden movements and big melodies.
  13. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    It's an album that more than makes up for Franz Ferdinand's extended absence. [Sep 2013, p.96]
  14. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    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.
  15. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    it’s evident enough that Franz Ferdinand are masters at crafting stylish, guitar-driven anthems. Right Thoughts affirms this expertise, and is a very danceable fourth LP.
  16. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    There's no great leap forward here but the spring in their step is unmistakeable. [Sep 2013, p.87]
  17. Aug 26, 2013
    75
    Its fourth studio album keeps the glitter ball spinning.
  18. 75
    It sounds precisely like what it is: a very straightforward Franz Ferdinand record.
  19. Aug 27, 2013
    73
    Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a fiendish and fun record.
  20. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    It’s an album surprisingly even in its delivery, if a little underwhelming in content, somewhat reserved and unquestionably safe.
  21. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Right Action finds Franz Ferdinand embracing their seductive musical strengths, but this time, the usually emotionally charged tracks drenched in lust, loathing and sarcasm are replaced with lyrics blessed by the priceless gift of hindsight.
  22. 70
    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.
  23. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    They return sounding hungry for blood, with all their twin-guitar glam-punk strut.
  24. Aug 23, 2013
    70
    Kapranos and co have delivered what is simultaneously ‘just another Franz Ferdinand’ album and one of the indie records of the summer.
  25. Aug 12, 2013
    70
    Producers Todd Terje and Bjorn Yttling help effect a subtle but distinct shift, without sacrificing FF's Identity. [Sep 2013, p.89]
  26. Sep 19, 2013
    65
    This fourth outing puts to bed both Tonight's frantic lonerism as well as any notion of a second night out with Alex Kapranos' equal-opportunity, Jacqueline-and-Michael seducer. [No. 102, p.56]
  27. Aug 27, 2013
    65
    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.
  28. Last year’s stellar Battle Born, felt considerably more vibrant than Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action ever does.
  29. Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Even ignoring the tectonic shifts in music over the past decade, this is by no means a novel or inventive album.
  30. Aug 29, 2013
    60
    RTRWRA neatly combines those familiar chantable choruses, punchy guitars, pleasant harmonies and simple, clever lyricism--all in all, a great vehicle for that smooth, too cool croon of singer Alex Kapranos.
  31. Aug 26, 2013
    60
    A solid if uneven combination of tight, compact punkish rompers and meandering light rock offerings.
  32. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    Largely, Right Thoughts is business as usual--a steady, reliable and often invigorating business, but one that constantly, frustratingly hints that it’s capable of more.
  33. 60
    In a year already host to some brilliant albums, it seems tired and dated.
  34. Aug 22, 2013
    60
    These lyrics are all...wordy.
  35. Aug 21, 2013
    60
    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.
  36. Aug 12, 2013
    60
    Their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is just as resolute as the title. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  37. Aug 26, 2013
    54
    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.
  38. The experimental mindset is evident in moments of Right Thoughts, but only a select few, and like Tonight, it’s most prominent on the last few tracks.
  39. Oct 4, 2013
    40
    Not a song sticks. It's sheer style that carries this disc, albeit one that sounds great.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 29, 2014
    10
    This is hands-down one of the best albums I have ever heard in my entire life. Pretty much every track was just downright amazing. A fantastic album by a fantastic band, no doubt. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    After the album Blood where they strayed away from their roots (already kinda were) they come back with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and they hit the spot. They go back closer to their roots, and it works. Upbeat songs like "Love Illumination" work so well and blend in with the album so well. It brings back memories of their album "Franz Ferdinand". After four years they are back and have fixed themselves up. Hope I can see more of this, I want to see many more albums. This album clearly deserves a 10 out of 10. Full Review »
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    This album is so good that I still haven't decided with song is my favorite one. The first four tracks (from Right Action to Stand on the Horizon) are very danceable, and all of them should be singles. There are also more introspective ones, like Fresh Strawberries and The Universe Expanded, and the lyrics of both of them, which talk about mortality and transience, are very good.
    Maybe Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their best album since the first one.
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