It seemed that the wave of indie-rock bands that emerged in the early 2000’s needed to be taken with just a little grain of salt. Bands such as The Killers, The Fratellis and of course, Franz Ferdinand, all pushed for a raucous indie style that stormed the charts, and were once incredibly popular. The style itself could be seen as rather basic and perhaps a little samey between the various bands. Now though, we’re left with many indie rock bands, who are left trying to find out which direction to go in. In the case of Franz Ferdinand, it seems the band has just trudged on, and continued to produce the indie-rock sound they’ve been known for, without public taste getting in the way of their vision. Now the band is on their fourth album, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, which seems to be a little echo of the old sound that was once so popular.
On ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, Franz Ferdinand return to do exactly what it is they’ve always been doing since their almost-humble beginnings in 2002. Their latest album features many of the clanging guitars and driving bass riffs that have clearly established the indie-rock style. It’s a typical Franz Ferdinand record, and although the band could be categorized as one of the more generic indie-rock bands, they have still managed to produce a record that features some of the better-sounding indie-rock music. At times, Franz Ferdinand bring in the glam and appeal of the traditional style of indie-rock, showing once again why we all fell in love with them in the first place. It is perhaps arguable, that ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ is perhaps one of Franz Ferdinand’s best records since their brilliant debut effort. It certainly manages to hold itself together much more than Franz Ferdinand’s previous releases.
Although there’s a fun and enjoyable element to ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, it is still marred by what is a very generic sound that does little to break molds or even be truly interesting. Franz Ferdinand are certainly an enjoyable band in their own right, but there’s simply nothing amazing going on in their music to make them really stand out above all others. The band is certainly trying, and are definitely a cut above the average bog-standard indie-rock band, though they don’t seem to beat them by much. It’s certainly fun to hear indie-rock music done well, but it is at all interesting at this stage in the game?
‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ is an enjoyable record at times, though it seems to lose ground fairly quickly as it progresses. It feels like Franz Ferdinand simply do not have enough ideas to make one truly great record, and instead their albums feature one or two good songs surrounded by filler material. It is arguable though that the band’s fourth album is certainly an improvement from the previous two releases, which seemed to do nothing to elevate the band’s position as a great indie-rock band. Although ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ is a better record than their last, it still doesn’t manage to be a truly great record.
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- The Universe Expanded
Franz Ferdinand’s fourth studio album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ is out now.