Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand rocks!





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Families should consider the issue of boys dancing together in accordance with their own values.


One or two poetic references to fighting and fire--nothing much.


Just a little playful innuendo.


Clean as can be.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the catchy tunes and exuberant performances on this CD definitely make it a keeper. Music-loving parents will hear a lot of familiar rock influences.

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What's the story?

It's easy to see why the members of FRANZ FERDINAND, a four-piece band from Glasgow, Scotland, are becoming the darlings of indie rock. This exuberant and delightful self-titled CD is something that's becoming all too rare these days: rock & roll just for the fun of it. The lyrics don't break any new ground, except perhaps for \"Michael,\" a guy-guy dance tune. \"So sexy, you're sexy/You want to see/Come and dance with me Michael,\" croons a very male-sounding lead vocal. Other songs offer clever poetry along well-worn themes. Quirky guitar riffs, unapologetically derivative, pay homage to influences as diverse as Duane Eddy, the Beatles, the Doors, and Led Zeppelin. More precocious than pretentious, the overall sound is upbeat and art-school intelligent.

Is it any good?


Keeping a solid groove going while keeping the mood light isn't always easy, but this band manages to do so with flair and style. Definitely worth the price of admission, Franz Ferdinand delivers clever rock & roll with a wink and a smile (the band is named after the Austrian archduke whose assassination triggered the First World War).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about classic rockers who might have influenced this CD. Parents might want to use this CD as a way to introduce kids to the Beatles, the Doors, Duane Eddy, and other classic rockers.

Music details

Artist:Franz Ferdinand
Release date:July 19, 2004
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Best Record of The Year

This album is lyrically, instrumentally, and vocally the best album this year. Every song is amazing. There is one swear, the "w" word but that isn't a bad one so I will move on. It has some playful innuendo but nothing explicit. It is fun to listen to. It is indie rock 'n' roll at it's top performance (that says a lot considering indie is my favorite style of music). Plus, this album is mainstream enough to get your girl friend or friends into indie rock. Dark of the Matinee is the best song on the album.


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