Franz Ferdinand is the Right Action

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Lindsay Lillig

Sounding like a mash-up of The Police and The Smiths, Franz Ferdinand continues its modern indie tune-up with the fourth album entitled “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.” Listeners may easily identify Franz Ferdinand by its second single from 2003, “Take Me Out,” which reached number three on the U.K. charts.
Following its single, “Right Action,” the next best song on the album is “Stand on the Horizon.” It is the most reminiscent of their smash “Take Me Out.” The band’s core sound is made up of repetitive rhythms of guitar and cymbals and soft ballads.
Immediately following is a song called “Fresh Strawberries.” Do not be deceived by the title, because it sounds nothing like “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles, nor do the voices of lead singer Alex Kapranos and John Lennon sound similar. However, the lyrics of the two songs vaguely depict the same message. Apparently, strawberries hold some sort of key to a hit song .
“Treason! Animals” is a good listen with a great name, but probably won’t sit at the top of any charts. “The Universe Expanded” takes the album to a different place. It is one of the few slower songs on the album and, as energetic as the band is, Franz Ferdinand does slow down well. It is reminiscent of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths.
Before the album comes to a close, listeners must hold out for “Goodbye Lovers and Friends.” This song has elements of every track in the album mixed together. With the rhythm and percussion, the song is definitely well made.
Franz Ferdinand will begin touring with “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” this fall. They will perform at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, Kan.