Franz Ferdinand: A Mod-Pop Tone-Setter

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  • Song: "Can't Stop Feeling"
  • Artist: Franz Ferdinand
  • CD: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
  • Genre: Rock
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In "Can't Stop Feeling," Franz Ferdinand tinkers with its formulas while retaining its core sound. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Scottish band Franz Ferdinand broke big in 2004, but to whom much is given, much is expected. Fortunately, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand finds the gangly mod-pop quartet tinkering with its formulas, implementing innovative production and unique instrumentation while retaining its core sound. (Eastern European keyboards? Check! A human skeleton as a percussion instrument? Why not?)

"Can't Stop Feeling" is a perfect catalyst for pre-party mood-setting, as Jamaican dub and throbbing synths boost singer-guitarist Alex Kraponos' lilting vocals to energetic heights. The result is a call to action that lands somewhere between Talking Heads and Kaiser Chiefs, a territory Franz Ferdinand still rules. But progressives be warned: Despite the three-year wait between albums, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand prizes experimental production over experimental performance. The album is classic Franz Ferdinand — now that its legacy stretches far back enough to have a "classic" era — and songs like "Can't Stop Feeling" are essentially more of what audiences have come to expect. Fortunately, in this band's case, that's not a bad thing.

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