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Franz Ferdinand (album)
|Album by Franz Ferdinand|
|Released||February 9 2004|
March 9 2004 (USA)
April 20 2004 (Epic)
|Recorded||2003 & 2004|
|Length||38 min 45 sec|
|Producers||Franz Ferdinand & Tore Johansson|
|Franz Ferdinand Chronology|
|Darts of Pleasure EP|
Franz Ferdinand is the debut album by Glasgow indie rock band Franz Ferdinand released in early 2004. This album debuted at number 3 on the UK album charts in February 2004 and contains two top ten singles in the UK in "Take Me Out" and "The Dark Of The Matinée" or the "Matinée". The album won the 2004 Mercury Music Prize.
It debuted at number 3 in the UK album charts in February 2004 and at number 12 in the Australian album charts in April 2004. While the album has so far only reached the bottom reaches of the Billboard 200 album charts in the US as at April 26 2004, it has reached the top 5 of the indie rock and Heatseeker charts for debut charts. As at April 2004, there have been two singles released from the album namely:
- "Take Me Out" reached the top 5 of the UK charts, top 10 of the Irish charts and top 40 in a composite European chart; and
- "The Dark Of The Matinée" or "The Matinée" reached the top 10 of the UK singles charts and top 30 on the World Modern Rock Charts ( a composite chart of US, German, UK, Swedish, Finnish, Canadian and Australian modern rock charts).
- "This Fire" it only first played by KROQ in September 2004.
The Franz Ferdinand album received a generally strong positive response from critics. The NME said that the band was the latest in the line of art school rock bands featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols, Wire, and Blur. It rated the album as 9 out of 10 and said: "This album is the latest and most intoxicating example of the wonderful pushing its way up between the ugly slabs of Pop Idol, nu metal and Britons aping American bands. What these blossoming bands have in common is the absolute conviction that rock 'n' roll is more than a career option."
The BBC's review of the album said: "At only 38 minutes long Franz Ferdinand may not be a particularly long album, but it is a masterpiece of funky, punky, suave cool from the first track to the last." The All Music Guide rated the album as four our of five stars and said: "Franz Ferdinand ends up being rewarding in different ways than the band's previous work was, but it's apparent that they're still one of the more exciting groups to come out of the garage-rock / post-punk revival."
- "Jacqueline" - 3:49
- "Tell Her Tonight" - 2:17
- "Take Me Out" - 3:57
- "The Dark Of The Matinée" - 4:03
- "Auf Achse" - 4:19
- "Cheating On You" - 2:36
- "This Fire" - 4:14
- "Darts Of Pleasure" - 2:59
- "Michael" - 3:21
- "Come On Home" - 3:46
- "40 Ft." - 3:24
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