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
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    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
    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
    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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