After four years without new material, Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand released their fourth studio album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions earlier this August. The band clarifies that the writing and recording of this album was prompted by an intended purpose. In an interview conducted by NPR, lead singer and guitarist Alex Kapranos explains, “We decided that we almost wanted to write a songbook — like a collection of songs that were distinct and that would have come from distinct ideas.” Saying that, the band really wanted to use the record as a showcase for the originality of the group. The last album produced by the band Tonight left their fans wanting more, so this album feels like a comeback to the ears of the listeners. Being a much anticipated release, this album is expected to meet very high standards.
The album opens strong with the chart-topping single “Right Action.” The song maintains the same great rock energy as their earlier fan favorite- “Take Me Out.” The second track “Evil Eye” has a more dance-oriented sound than most tracks off of the album. The two tracks have completely different sounds, showing the band’s versatility in producing many different styles of music. The album has a very strong start, and though the rest of the album continues to rock, it lacks the full Franz Ferdinand energy fans expect. I am surprised the band chooses to end the album with the track “Goodbye Lovers & Friends.” The song gives off a very eerie vibe, possibly alluding to an alternate direction for the band in the future. In response to questions from Stereogum.com about the band’s upcoming year, Kapranos explains, “I would hope that we could not tour as intensively as we’ve done before, just to leave that space for creating, you know, making more, and keeping your sanity and keeping your perspective. That’s probably more important than going out there on the road continuously.” The next step for the band is to take time and create new material, so hopefully the band will not wait another four years to release their next album. I would not be surprised if the next album Ferdinand creates is navigated toward a whole new direction, possibly prompted by the last track “Goodbye Lovers & Friends.”
Overall, the album succeeded in meeting the expectations of their listeners. It seems to me this album has not really pushed the band forward, but kept it in the same place. Although this record did thrust the band back into the musical world, the material on the album is not unlike anything the band had already released prior to this album. The record does not demonstrate a new and diverse sound for the band, but rather it confirms what we have always known and loved about the group. This album proves that the style and quality of the music produced by the band can withstand the test of time. I would rate the album a well-deserved 7.5 out of 10 because this album was a great comeback for the band and proves that the boys have still got it.