Tonight: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
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  • Summary: The third album for the UK rock band was produced by Dan Carey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. The mix of Alex Kapranos' louche croon with the band's disciplined racket is still a knockout, and they've switched things up enough to keep it interesting.
  2. What Franz Ferdinand have proven is that not only do they make impressive albums but that they are capable of trying out new sounds with great skill. It’s still the same band we fell in love with, only they have incorporated more sounds into their arsenal and with songs as good as these, it’s a welcome addition.
  3. 80
    As usual, Franz Ferdinand pack a greatest-hits album’s worth of melodic tricks into each tune, while Kapranos purrs the sort of pick-up lines that would earn a lesser man a gimlet in the face.
  4. While not all of those risks pay off, what works about Tonight speaks to the band's greater maturity and vision.
  5. It's often catchy and kinetic in the moment, yet it still feels like Franz Ferdinand has the potential to do more with their music than just slightly tweak and polish a sound they established several albums ago.
  6. 60
    For all their adroitness, most of the songs on Tonight sound too similar to each other (and to existing Franz Ferdinand songs).
  7. Truly, the four dapper Scotsmen that constitute this group should be ashamed of their tuneless, thoughtless, meaningless new offering, which distorts the proud legacy of a band that once mattered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. JeroenH
    May 1, 2009
    10
    According to some of the critics this album must be boring and by far not the best they can do. Luckily the critics as usual have no clue, as According to some of the critics this album must be boring and by far not the best they can do. Luckily the critics as usual have no clue, as the difference in the rating between critics and users on this site shows. Franz Ferdinand actually managed to make an album that is timeless and addictive and becomes better every time you hear it. It's their best album yet and one of the very best albums yet released in 2009! Expand
  2. RyanC
    Feb 1, 2009
    10
    The best Franz Ferdinand album so far. Ulysses is a knockout single!
  3. AlexD
    Mar 22, 2009
    10
    Don't even bother reading the 'professional' reviews. This album is Franz-tastic!
  4. RossB.
    Jan 27, 2009
    9
    It's been a while since I've put Franz Ferdinand on my itunes, even though I really enjoyed both of their previous albums...so I It's been a while since I've put Franz Ferdinand on my itunes, even though I really enjoyed both of their previous albums...so I almost thought twice about picking this album up....but it's been the only thing on my itunes since, some fantastically catchy tunes from the opening current single Ulysees it starts rocking your socks off, works its way through some quirky lyrics and good old rock n roll before ascending into some funky electronika to finish, topped off with an acoustic little number to see you out. Great stuff, still exciting, energetic and engaging. And scottish, which is always good :) Expand
  5. ELWING.
    Jan 29, 2009
    9
    Tonight might not top the energy and hooks of the debut but an improvement from the previous effort nonetheless. Requires repeated listens to Tonight might not top the energy and hooks of the debut but an improvement from the previous effort nonetheless. Requires repeated listens to reveal true value of the album. And it's far better than those offered by most indie bands today. Franz Ferdinand are still the kings of dance rock. Expand
  6. VéroniqueDECAUDIN
    Feb 7, 2009
    9
    A great, dancy, expected album.
  7. GilJ.
    Jul 20, 2009
    2
    I wholly agree with the Paste review. "A band that once mattered" - who suddenly sound like they listened to too many recent Blur albums and I wholly agree with the Paste review. "A band that once mattered" - who suddenly sound like they listened to too many recent Blur albums and think no-one gives a damn about tunes anymore. Unmemorable to the core and disappointing in the extreme. Expand

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