With a debut considered one of the definitive albums of a generation, a second stacked with indie-dancefloor sing-alongs, and a concept album with hit singles woven into it, it’s evident enough that Franz Ferdinand are masters at crafting stylish, guitar-driven anthems.
‘Right Thoughts…’ affirms this expertise, and is a very danceable fourth LP. Veering toward new ground is ‘Stand On The Horizon’: dramatic string sections and jaw-dropping interaction between the lead and backing vocals make it one of this band’s most adventurous efforts yet.
There’s emotional fragility in ‘Treason! Animals.’, but this is quickly traded for default optimism, which the quartet carries so gracefully.
Words: Cai Trefor
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