Franz Ferdinand new album Tonight : Franz Ferdinand rehashes their groovy Gang Of Four dance vibe, but it comes with a mellower laid back groove. They wanted to ditch their electric guitars for synthesizers. Although synthesizers are present as well as guitars, the foundation for Franz Ferdinand has been their extremely talented rhythm section. Like Steven Adler (former drummer of Guns N’ Roses), I believe if they ditch their drummer they would be making a huge mistake (unless they can get the drummer from Blondie or Gang of Four). In either case, the guitars are present so don’t worry if that’s what you’re looking for besides that’s not why we even listen to them.
There are more synthesizers spread out throughout the album. “Ulysses” already sounds different than the typical Franz Ferdinand song, but not so much so you can’t tell it’s not them. The lyrics deal with drugs a bit with “C’mon let’s get high” and “What’s a matter there, feeling kinda anxious?”. “Turn It On” includes a break that sounds like a rave/techno with the that familiar annoying siren sound. “Send Him Away” bridge sounds like something of a Doors album. However, the guitar solo features a 12-string guitar and the rhythm section seems to sound like it’s about to fall over at first, but ends up tightening up towards the end. The first break in “Live Alone” sounds like Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. “Dream Again” features very little guitar and creates a dream like sound with the echo of the shaker. The chorus features a few synthesizers, shaker and is followed by an eerie 50’s Sci-Fi / Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie – like synthesizer break. “Lucid Dreams” second half features a moog or according to Franz “Russian Polyvox synthesizers”. It seems to give a nod to the Nine Inch Nails song “Ringfinger” or something you would hear in a club. This song could have been split into two, but it seems to work as one like a great story.