Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

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Postby Hugo » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:23 pm

Franz Ferdinand have announced a new album: Always Ascending is out February 9 via Domino. The band’s fifth studio LP, it follows 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and the 2015 collaborative album FFS. They’ve also shared the title track and announced a new string of tour dates. Below, listen to “Always Ascending” and find the album tracklist and cover art, as well as Franz Ferdinand’s upcoming concert itinerary. Later today, the band will preview the new record at Point Ephémère in Paris. The event will stream on their Facebook page beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

https://pitchfork.com/news/franz-ferdin ... ng-listen/


Always Ascending:
01 Always Ascending
02 Lazy Boy
03 Paper Cages
04 Finally
05 The Academy Award
06 Lois Lane
07 Huck and Jim
08 Glimpse of Love
09 Feel the Love Go
10 Slow Don’t Kill Me Slow
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Postby Cless » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:48 pm

This is great. Glad they haven't lost their groove. 8-)
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Postby Carbon » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:17 pm

Ironic album title tho :lol:
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Postby Thriller » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:18 am

I like the title track once it gets going, they always were good at straddling some electro. Philippe Zdar, one half of Cassius, has helped produce it.
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Postby Thriller » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:30 pm



This one has a typical FF chorus, I like it a lot!
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Postby NothingFails » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:16 am

Saw them in a small club back in May where they were testing out some of this material. Really promising from the singles so far and they are a stellar live band.
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Postby Thriller » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:25 am



Another decent offering, I love that they've gone right back to their original sound.
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Postby SaintKing » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:14 am

Demagogue is on the Japanese Bonus Track version of the album. I'm not the biggest fan of the "pussy grabbing fingers" line but I think Demagogue is a proper tune! I'm glad it's going to be available on CD.
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Postby heppolo » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:53 pm

I don't know, ''Lazy Boy'' just doesn't work for me.
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Postby NothingFails » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:56 pm

Lazy Boy is good but works better as an album cut than a single IMO
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Postby NothingFails » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:56 pm

Lazy Boy is good but works better as an album cut than a single IMO
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Postby SaintKing » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:41 am

I think Lazy Boy will work better in context of the album.
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Postby SaintKing » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:09 am

Has anyone heard the album yet? Thoughts?

I’m still waiting for my Japanese CD to arrive.
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Postby madgikman » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:08 pm

This is a fantastic album! I love every track
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Postby SaintKing » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:37 am

Played the album once - it’s fantastic. Very instant, just like the rest of their catalogue. The album is a tad bit heavy on the Keys, but I guess it was expected since they included a keyboardist in the band.
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Postby space75 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:01 am

madgikman wrote:This is a fantastic album! I love every track
totally agree. great tunes here, many top moments
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Postby heppolo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:57 pm

it's just okay for me, the songs are good but almost nothing stands out
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Postby SaintKing » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:32 am

Surprised to see the lack of love for this album. It’s been my highest played album so far this year..
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Postby NothingFails » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:56 pm

SaintKing wrote:Surprised to see the lack of love for this album. It’s been my highest played album so far this year..
They are incredibly underrated and unfortunately it seems like their moment has passed. I saw them in a club last spring where they were testing out some of the new material and I thought they were amazing live. I think some people are just still stuck on Take Me Out and can't give anything afterwards a shot.
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Postby SaintKing » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:38 pm

Really? I mean, most of their songs are dancey, so I fail to understand why people don’t like anything post Take Me Out (I.e if dance rock is what they’re looking for).

I think their one of the best bands - they write intelligent songs over well crafted pieces of music.
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Postby NothingFails » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:27 pm

SaintKing wrote:Really? I mean, most of their songs are dancey, so I fail to understand why people don’t like anything post Take Me Out (I.e if dance rock is what they’re looking for).

I think their one of the best bands - they write intelligent songs over well crafted pieces of music.
I think the prob with Franz was that their second album was arguably their weakest, but yet it sold so strongly off the momentum and goodwill of the debut. And then they took too long of gaps between albums to where the general population stopped caring. Because it's a shame since there's so much to offer off the last three albums and so many of those songs sounded amazing live.
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Postby beredy » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:36 pm

I can't imagine anyone writing "their second album was the weakest" with a straight face. The third album was the problem I think. It was a step down from the previous two, a longer wait and they changed their sound a lot. They also had a really bad pick for the first single. Let's not forget that the single version ended up being remixed into a far better album version later on. Lucid Dreams died on the charts and killed the era. Ulysses did better but they waited for months to release the second single. Any return hype they had was killed by that point.

The fourth album was IMHO a return to form. It felt much more like the natural successor to the first two albums - a step forward yet not that drastic. Always Ascendong doesn't feel like a FF album at all to me. I've listened to it a couple of times now. Can't even remember a single song.
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Postby NothingFails » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:51 pm

beredy wrote:I can't imagine anyone writing "their second album was the weakest" with a straight face. The third album was the problem I think. It was a step down from the previous two, a longer wait and they changed their sound a lot. They also had a really bad pick for the first single. Let's not forget that the single version ended up being remixed into a far better album version later on. Lucid Dreams died on the charts and killed the era. Ulysses did better but they waited for months to release the second single. Any return hype they had was killed by that point.

The fourth album was IMHO a return to form. It felt much more like the natural successor to the first two albums - a step forward yet not that drastic. Always Ascendong doesn't feel like a FF album at all to me. I've listened to it a couple of times now. Can't even remember a single song.
Their second album was an inferior sequel to the debut. The second half of the album begins to drag which wasn't an issue on their debut nor on their latter albums. Of their five albums, its the one that I think has the highest ratio of filler tracks and it felt like they were rushed to get a new album out while the iron was still hot. I'm not saying it's a bad album, there's some great songs on it (Walk Away, Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On, Do You Want To, etc...) but I would say its my least favorite as a whole cohesive album.

Lucid Dreams was released so far ahead of the album that people had forgotten it by the time Tonight came out. Ulysses came out around the same time the album did. No You Girls seemed to get a little bit of airplay too at the time, but it was nearly 4 years after the second album, they hadn't established themselves well enough to get away with such long gaps between albums.
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Postby beredy » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:03 pm

You might feel that way, but general public and critics definitely liked the second album. All the singles did well and it didn't coast only on the success of the first album but on its own material. There's literally nothing pointing to the fact that it somehow hurt them.

Tonight came too late (4 years wait is too long even for established acts, people move on) and they additionally blew the big comeback hype they had with Lucid Dreams. I remember that their return was covered a lot, but the single didn't do anything and just like that - the era was doomed. It's not like the first time that has happened.
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Postby SaintKing » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:47 am

Agreed. I love their second album. Honestly though, I love each of their albums. It would be very hard to rate them against each other - they’ve been consistently good for me.

I know a lot of fans had issues with their third album - but I think it sounded fresh back then. The release strategy was mishandled, yes, but the quality of the music didn’t dip in my opinion.
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