ALBUM REVIEW                            :        FRANZ FERDINAND AND SPARKS

ARTIST                                      :        FFS

GENRE                                       :        POP / ROCK

DATE RELEASED                          :        2015

Franz Ferdinand formed a what they called a supergroup with a group named Sparks and they called themselves FFS.  While Franz Ferdinand cannot be considered as cutting edge, there is quite a degree of expectations in this collaboration.  Based on the first “Johnny Delusional” there is a mixed emotion in this collaboration as the song reminds you of 80’s one hit wonder DEVO.  The narrative aspect of the lyrics in this song makes think that the band shifted from bright boys of post punk to stupid boys of novelty bands are known of.

In “Call Girl,” the story of Johnny Delusional continues as his delusion continues with waiting for the girl to call and while Johnny is waiting, he realized that it is indeed a one sided relationship. Had they infused “Dictator’s Son” with Latin beat, the song could have been construed as continuation of Manhattan Transfer’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.”  Franz Ferdinand talked about sons of tyrants whose rule declined. It is hard to decipher if “Little Guy from The Suburbs” is about Robin Hood in modern times or just another plagiarist in the street busking for money.  One thing is sure, the song feels like Bob Dylanesque.

The novelty song aspects in this record become prominent again in”Police Encounter.”  There is this feeling that this is just another stupid song trying to be intellectual.  Listening to the song “Save Me From Myself” feels like eavesdropping into the soul of the songwriter.  It is like watching poltergeist battling out with the consciousness. If you happen grew up during the 80’s, you know that the song “So Desu Ne” sounds like “Dr Detroit” from Devo which is a soundtrack from the movie of the same title. Thus, further cementing the idea that this is just a fun album for them despite some seriousness in context in some of the songs in this album.

“The Man Without A Tan” is probably a song about competing with imagination. It is like trying to create some sort of an image but that’s just it, no action in your imagination only.  The track “Power Couple” can be construed as a song about creating impressions when opportunity knocks.  “Things I Won’t Get” is romantic approach of telling how other things are unimportant from a very male of point of view.  It does not speak of roses and chocolates but instead talks about what the man can give up for the sake of romance.  At first you would think that “Collaborations” don’t work is an attack towards romantic relationships but later on you realized that it is about using someone to get ahead.  “Piss Off” is an honest take on how people cannot be frank enough to tell other people directly of how things are.

As a whole, the album is fun to listen if you are not expecting artistic merits in this record.  FFS talks of so many things but nothing so serious.  It is like making their observations very obvious and share it to anybody.  It is like reading a column or an editorial in newspapers.  With this I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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