Sound — 10
When I first heard the singles from the new album I was a little hesitant. It wasn't that the sound was too different, the songs just didn't seem that good. Now that I have listened to the entire album multiple times, I find that all the songs are well written. There is more synth than on previous Franz albums, but there are still plenty of the catchy guitar riffs that make you want to get up and move. I've noticed a strong evolution in the bass. There are definitely more complicated and interesting bass parts on this record. The combination of the dirty synth, evolved bass playing, and the same catchy guitar and melodies keep the sound fresh and at the same time familiar enough to jump right in.
Lyrics — 10
Franz lyrics don't get much better than those featured on this album. There is a definite common theme, sex, dancing, partying, but what's new with Franz? There are definitely parts of the album with differing subjects. There are plenty of clever one liners. All in all the lyrics compliment the music perfectly, they fit the music and they are good ole fashion Franz. Some stand out lyrics: "I don't care his breath is in your hair, I don't care his skin is still between the still-warm fold of your sheets, send him away." "I typed your number into my calculator, where it spelled a dirty word, when you turned it upside down, you could turn my dirty world, the bright way round."
Overall Impression — 10
Basically this is just another great Franz Ferdinand record. They haven't done one thing wrong so far, let's hope that continues. The only other album that has captivated me like this one recently was The Killers Day & Age, and since that came out last year, Franz is the best album of the year so far, no competition.