A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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).