• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2009
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 111

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  1. Nov 17, 2014
    6
    Although there are many hints of the brilliance that Franz Ferdinand have on this album with tracks such as "Ulysses", "No You Girls" and "Twilight Omens", there are too many weak tracks which drag the album down such as "What She Came For" and "Dream Again". I wonder why they didn't include the far better original version of "Lucid Dreams" instead of the long-winded 7 minute version whichAlthough there are many hints of the brilliance that Franz Ferdinand have on this album with tracks such as "Ulysses", "No You Girls" and "Twilight Omens", there are too many weak tracks which drag the album down such as "What She Came For" and "Dream Again". I wonder why they didn't include the far better original version of "Lucid Dreams" instead of the long-winded 7 minute version which doesn't seem to go anywhere.
    Best Tracks : Ulysses, No You Girls
    Worst Tracks : What She Came For, Lucid Dreams, Dream Again
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  2. Aug 21, 2014
    7
    After a highly productive start to their career Franz Ferdinand more or less disappeared after album number 2. 4 years later here they presented us with "Tonight", a solid album that shows a logical progression from "You could have it so much better...". While "Tonight" doesn't have the knockout punches that were present on the bands' debut, "Tonight" see's an expansion of the bands'After a highly productive start to their career Franz Ferdinand more or less disappeared after album number 2. 4 years later here they presented us with "Tonight", a solid album that shows a logical progression from "You could have it so much better...". While "Tonight" doesn't have the knockout punches that were present on the bands' debut, "Tonight" see's an expansion of the bands' sound. The record is unmistakably Franz but their is a bigger range of influences to be heard and the band borrow from a range of late 70's early 80's acts (e.g Talking Heads for one). "Tonight" is a very good record without being a brilliant record. The band sound so comfortable with their style it makes their sound alternate between assured and lethargic. Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2013
    6
    Seeming to have lost a vital part of what made them so great on their first two albums, Franz Ferdinand's third album is, as a whole, a substantial step down for this once great band. The depth of thinking and creativity that made great songs like "Michael", "Outsiders", "Take Me Out", and "Walk Away" is almost completely gone on this album, replaced by disco beats that do little to makeSeeming to have lost a vital part of what made them so great on their first two albums, Franz Ferdinand's third album is, as a whole, a substantial step down for this once great band. The depth of thinking and creativity that made great songs like "Michael", "Outsiders", "Take Me Out", and "Walk Away" is almost completely gone on this album, replaced by disco beats that do little to make up for it. That said, tracks like "Ulysses", "No You Girls", and "What She Came For" are just too infectious to ignore and save what would otherwise be a mediocre offering. Honestly, this album is going to come down to what makes you like about Franz Ferdinand. If its their fun and catchy side (example: "Do You Want To") than you will love this album, but if its their sarcastic and witty side (example: "The Fallen") you may feel less than fully satisfied by this album. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    Critics are dull and often wrong. This is the most adventurous album the band has ever done, where every risk has payed off. It sounds like the band we have always loved, matured and a bit rough around the edges, which is a nice change. Gritty synths dominate the album. It has guts and plenty of them. Never a dull moment on this one.
  5. May 25, 2012
    9
    Adding a synth into the band as one of the central instruments is a welcome addition and welcome change, or rather, enhancement to FF's sound. The songs are as catchy as the previous two albums and the 7+ minute "Lucid Dreams" is a fantastic showcase of the newly added synth.
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 78
    The lurching rhythms, slick hooks and stomping choruses are still everywhere you turn, but the Fraz lads have branched out, with seemingly mixed results. [Holiday 2008, p.90]
  2. 70
    Even at just 42 minutes, Tonight is relentless, yet the comedown is exquisite.
  3. 60
    For all their adroitness, most of the songs on Tonight sound too similar to each other (and to existing Franz Ferdinand songs).