Review: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action by Franz Ferdinand

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action by Franz FerdinandIt’s been four years since Franz Ferdinand released an album, and that one received a lukewarm reaction, so you could be forgiven in thinking that Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is merely an attempt to cash in on… something. Listening to this feels a bit underwhelming, too. Franz Ferdinand’s not the sort of band who you’d expect to make wholesale changes to their sound – here they stick to the formula set mostly in their self-titled debut, and does well. Or maybe it’s the band getting the “king of landfill indie” tag over the years by people whose allegiances lay in other, arguably also landfill indie, bands. They haven’t been hip in a while. But they’re unfazed, and it shows. This record is solid, although not remarkable; their sound is as polished as it ever was, and their ruminations on the end are, well, astute. [NB] 3/5

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