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 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    Upon first listen Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions will probably sound like the Franz Ferdinand that jiggered and sliced their way onto the scene in 2004 (if you can remember back that far). Of their four studio albums this one does most resemble their debut in my opinion. It has the same brash upbeat energy. There are moments when the band experiments with psychedelic synth. These tracks really stand out in contrast to the guitar heavy tracks. All in all this might be a return to roots for FF. But those roots were damn likeable so I say go for it! Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    This is hands-down one of the best album I have ever heard in my entire life. Almost every track was just downright amazing. Right Action and Love Illumination were two great singles that really started off the album. Evil Eye is not only the best song on the album, but the best song the band has ever made. Stand On The Horizon had a great feel to it. It started off slow in the first 30 seconds or so then went to a punk rock feel and really touched the music critic inside me. Fresh Strawberries has great meanings in its lyrics. Combine the lyrics with the music and it's a great combo. Bullet is my second favorite song out of the album. It really moves you. Like it has a very upbeat rhythm and great guitar/drum patterns. Treason! Animals. has a average beat tempo to it with organ keyboard patterns with a nice guitar riff to it. The Universe Expanded and Brief Encounters weren't really songs in the album that would entertain me. I find them both to be indietronica songs. Not really my type of music. Goodbye Lovers & Friends, the last song on the album, gave me high expectations. And it met my expectations. It is a very nice song on the album and an absolutely perfect way to end the album. It has such a nice introduction guitar riff. Overall, I give it a 10 out of 10. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    With this album Franz Ferdinand is still keeping their brand of catchy, dancey & uniquely charming indie rock alive after nearly a decade. Most of the best traits of this album can be found in its 2 current singles, “Love Illumination" and the semi-title track “Right Action”, between its infectious hooks & tight precise grooves. “Right Action” was the first taste of the album people got & it immediately became among my most anticipated of the year, despite me having never heard an album of theirs in full. It seems like every Franz Ferdinand album has that one instant classic track with a great simple riff, easily likeable lyrics & anthemic chorus that becomes a hit to some extent, and here that song is “Love Illumination”. It's that song that when the band is playing shows 20 years from now, most of the crowd will sing along with every word of in the chorus. The deep cuts are worth noting too, like the breakneck garage rock of “Bullet”, the philosophical psych-pop of “Fresh Strawberries”, the goofy but fun lyrics in the surf-rock inspired “Treason! Animals.”, and “Stand on the Horizon”, which sounds like if Bloc Party went to a disco during the A Weekend in the City sessions. The last 3 tracks in particular are among the more experimental of the bunch, going for something a bit more subtle, creepy & emotional without losing much of the engagement of the first half. The hooks aren't exactly as immediate but the cool mood they set more than makes up for that, and helps keep the album from coming off one-dimensional. Still, that's not to say this disrupts the track flow, because they manage to transition from one feeling to another in the track order expertly. I really can't think of a single thing to say against this album. It's well-written, impeccable instrumentally, packed to the brim with catchy melodies & not one track is a throwaway, even if the last half doesn't bash you over the head with earworm hooks quite as much. I suppose there's nothing extremely awesome about the lyrics, but they sound great with the music & have some sense of cohesion, and in that respect I think they succeed. I'm gonna have to make sure to listen to their other albums at some point, cause this is a really great full-length first impression.

    Top 5 tracks: Love Illumination, Right Action, The Universe Expanded, Evil Eye, Treason! Animals.
    Score: 90/100
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